Disney and its affiliates
When it became known that » Doctor Strange In The Multiverse Of Madness » would not be allowed to be shown in cinemas in Saudi Arabia, it was obvious to us that it was probably about the sexuality of the new MCU heroine America Chavez ( Xochitl Gomez ) . goes. This is homosexual in the comics, but depictions of same-sex love relationships are banned in Saudi Arabia. For this reason, “ Eternals ” was not allowed to be shown in this and other countries.
The real reason that has now become known for the refusal of a screening license for «Doctor Strange 2» has to do with the new character and also with homosexuality, but it is different than expected. As the French news agency AFP (via The Guardian ) has now learned directly from the head of the agency responsible for film approval in Saudi Arabia, it is not Chavez’s love life that is being criticized. So we don’t see her having a partner or kissing another woman. It’s about her parents.
In a single scene, the character talks about her «two mothers.» With this scene, the film could not get approval. They have therefore asked to cut a total of twelve seconds. But Disney refused.
Saudi Arabia does not see a ban, only a request
The Saudi Arabian authorities also object to the formulation that the film was banned. «Doctor Strange In The Multiverse Of Madness» is not banned and certainly will not be banned. There’s no reason for that. After all, the previous procedure was just a request to make a single cut. So far, Disney has refused to comply, but there is hope that a rethink can still be provided. Without the twelve seconds, «Doctor Strange In The Multiverse Of Madness» could then be shown quite regularly in Saudi Arabia, so there can be no talk of a ban.
Disney and its affiliates America Chavez is supporting Doctor Strange and Wong — although she is not supposed to talk about her two mothers in certain countries.
However, since Disney has already made it clear several times in the past that it actually does not want to make such cuts — even of a few seconds — (although it has probably been done in individual cases), it is difficult for us to row back here after the ones that have already been made If you can imagine cancellation and there is no permission to show the film without removing that passage, there is in fact a ban (which is why we and the international press continue to call it that) — no matter how the authorities see the situation. Incidentally, a theatrical release was also banned in Egypt. It might have the same reason.
In Germany, » Doctor Strange In The Multiverse Of Madness » will hit the cinemas on May 4th, 2022 – without any cuts, of course!
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