Theaters in Egypt and Kuwait have become the latest to ban Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness due to the inclusion of an LGBTQ+ character.
Egypt and Kuwait have become the latest countries to ban Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness theaters, due to its inclusion of America Chavez, an openly gay character.
IMAX Egypt announced on social media that the film will no longer be shown in the region. “Doctor Strange and Wanda won’t be around on their journey between universes!” [Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness] will not be released in Egypt,” the company wrote.
The news comes shortly after reports surfaced that Saudi Arabia banned the film, in part because of its LGBTQ+ character. It has been reported that cinemas in Kuwait will no longer screen the film either, although this has yet to be confirmed.
Saudi Arabia, Egypt and Kuwait each have some form of anti-LGBTQ+ legislation. In Saudi Arabia, penalties for homosexual acts, cross-dressing or simply being transgender range from fines to imprisonment and even the death penalty. Media is heavily censored when LGBTQ+ content is involved. Similar laws are implemented in Egypt, and many human rights organizations report entrapment, abuse, and torture by authorities against LGBTQ+ people.
Marvel Studios’ Eternals faced similar censorship upon release. However, an edited version of the film was released later, excluding LGBTQ+ characters and scenes. It is not certain that the next Multiverse of Madness will release a similar version of the film.
Writer Joe Casey and artist Nick Dragotta featured America Chavez in Marvel Comics. Revenge #1 in 2011. As an openly gay character, Chavez was the first Latin American LGBTQ+ character to receive his own solo series. Casey recently addressed the subject of the superhero’s sexual orientation and its portrayal in the Marvel Cinematic Universe movie.
“It’s certainly not unique to America Chavez, but I’ve always felt that our superhero fiction should, in a very fundamental way, reflect our own reality,” Casey said. “Unlike the Marvel Universe that was originally seen in the comic books of the early 1960s, our current reality is multicultural. Thus, more recently created Marvel characters like America Chavez and Miles Morales and Kamala Khan do not reflect not just the world of 2022, they seem to have connected to a section of the fandom that somehow identifies strongly with them.”
Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness is set to hit theaters on May 6.
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