Disney and Marvel are losing out to the censors once again. The fast approaching “Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness” with Benedict Cumberbatch in the lead role will not see its premiere in Saudi Arabia. As with Eternals, the reason the film is banned is because it includes LGBTQ characters in the film.
Marvel is again a victim of censorship
Rumors that “Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness” would be banned from showing in Saudi Arabia had been circulating since Friday, but only today “The Hollywood Reporter” confirmed this information. The magazine reports that the ban may also apply to Kuwait, but it is not official yet.
The film is still waiting for its world premiere, and there are no reviews yet. It is known, however, that the censors’ decision is related to the fact that America Chavez, played by Xochitl Gomez, appears in the film. In the Marvel comics, the heroine is a lesbian. In Saudi Arabia, homosexual relationships are illegal, and local authorities regularly block any LGBTQ-like relationship.
This is not the first film to be censored in Saudi Arabia. Recently, the ban also covers, inter alia, Marvel’s “Eternals” and “West Side Story” by Steven Spielberg. In both cases the reason was the same as in “Doctor Strange …”.
“Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness” was scheduled to debut on the Arabian Peninsula on May 5. Although pre-sale tickets are no longer available in Saudi Arabia, Kuwait and Qatar, in the United Arab Emirates it is still possible, so the film is likely to hit theaters in the latter country.
What will “Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness” talk about?
“Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness” is a continuation of the story played by Benedict Cumberbatch, which we met in the 2016 production. The action takes place after the events of the “Avengers: Endgame” show. Stephen Strange will have to face Mordo (Chiwetel Ejiofor), his former friend. The film is to be related to the plot not only with the show “Spider-Man: No Way Home”, but also with the series “Loki” and “WandaVision”.
The cast includes Elizabeth Olsen, Benedict Wong and Rachel McAdams in addition to Cumberbatch and Ejiofore.