Marvel Studios’ upcoming film, ‘Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness’ has been removed from the release schedule of theaters and banned in Saudi Arabia. The film is also rumored to be banned in Kuwait, but no confirmation has become available at this time.
Similar to Marvel Studios’ Eternals, Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness has been banned in select countries due to the portrayal of an LGBTQ character in the film. The character in question is America Chavez (Xochitl Gomez) who is canonically gay in the Marvel Comics. Censorship laws in international markets mean the film can not be featured in theaters without edits or changes that remove any LGBTQ representation. Marvel and Disney have refused to edit the scenes in question leading to the bans after censorship reviews internationally.
Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness is currently scheduled to release in the United States, Canada, Mexico, Brazil, United Kingdom, France, Germany, Netherlands, Philippines, Malaysia, Singapore, and Australia. Any release in China has been delayed due to surges in COVID-19 cases as theaters remain closed.
This is a developing story, so be sure to check back here at Chip and Company for updates and all things Marvel!