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“Strange” Sequel Banned In Saudi Arabia

Marvel Studios’ “Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness” has been banned in Saudi Arabia and several other Arab countries due to the inclusion of a gay character.

The Sam Raimi-directed sequel, which stars Benedict Cumberbatch as the titular character, also features actress Xochitl Gomez as the new hero America Chavez who is reportedly gay in the film – which is how the character is portrayed in the comics.

As Disney did not approve changes requested by the distributor, a permit to release the film in the kingdom hasn’t been issued. Films in the region are routinely cut to comply with censorship rules over sex scenes, homosexuality and religious issues.

The region previously banned Marvel’s “Eternals” and Steven Spielberg’s “West Side Story” which both refused to make changes. The one area in the Middle East where the film will be released is the United Arab Emirates which has recently become less restrictive.

A new featurette for the film is also out showcasing new footage, check it out below:

Source: Variety

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