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Saudi Arabia and several other Arab countries have banned the much-awaited Marvel Studios movie, “Doctor Strange In The Multiverse of Madness.” The presence of an LGBTQ+ character has made the nations take this decision.
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Why Did Doctor Strange 2 Get Banned In Saudi Arabia?
The Benedict Cumberbatch-led superhero movie is set to hit the theaters in the US on May 6th. Reportedly, Doctor Strange In The Multiverse of Madness was going to be released in Gulf Countries, including Saudi Arabia.
However, the sensors over there didn’t allow the issuance of distribution certificates for the Marvel Studio movies. To be precise, the Sam Raimi directed movie has a character named “America Chavez” played by Xochitl Gomez, and that’s a gay role.
Islam is against homosexuality, as they believe that this unnatural activity is against the will of Allah. MCU also expected this to happen way before the trailers and teasers were released.
In the theaters and websites of Saudi Arabia, advanced tickets are no longer available. Tickets are unavailable in the Gulf Countries such as Qatar, Kuwait, thereby creating a fog over the release of the films in theaters as well. Nevertheless, the United Arab Emirates is still having tickets for sale. So, as per reports till now, the movie will be released there.
Earlier Marvel movie “The Eternals” was also banned in Saudi Arabia since it featured the same gendered couple romance as well as MCU’s first gay superhero, Steven Spielberg. Furthermore, West Side Story, Spielberg’s romantic musical, was also banned across all the Gulf Countries due to the existence of a transgender character. Islamic countries still now consider homosexuality illegal and consider it a punishable offence.
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