Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness banned in Egypt and Kuwait for displaying LGBT content featuring the character America Chavez (Xochitl Gomez).
The blocking of Doctor Strange 2 in Egypt was announced on the official IMAX Egypt Twitter account on Saturday (23/4) local time.
“Doctor Strange and Wanda won’t be here on their journey across the universe! #DoctorStrrangeInTheMultiverseOfMadness will not be released in Egypt,” tweeted the @IMAXegypt account.
Reported from CBR on Sunday (24/4) local time, Kuwait will also not show the film. The decision follows in the footsteps of Saudi Arabia which earlier banned the release of Doctor Strange 2.
A number of Middle Eastern countries have anti-LGBT laws. The rule has an impact on strict censorship of LGBT content to broadcast bans, as experienced by Doctor Strange 2.
Meanwhile, the film starring Benedict Cumberbatch it is still listed as one of the soon to be released in United Arab Emirates cinemas.
America Chavez is a Marvel character who is openly introduced to same-sex love. The character, written by Joe Casey and Nick Dragotta, first appeared in Marvel’s Vengeance #1 in 2011.
Previously, a number of Middle Eastern countries also banned the screening of Eternals, the Marvel Cinematic Universe film that will air in November 2021.
The ban came after Disney was reluctant to change scenes in Eternals in order to escape censorship there.
Eternals then featured same-sex couples and the first gay superheroes in the MCU. In one scene, the characters of Phastos (Brian Tyree Henry) and her husband Ben (Haaz SLeiman) kiss.
However, reported from CBRMarvel then released an edited version that removed the LGBT scene.
Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness will be the sequel to Doctor Strange (2016). This sequel takes place after Spider-Man No Way Home, WandaVision, and Loki.
The film stars Benedict Cumberbatch again as Doctor Strange. Likewise with Rachel McAdams as Christine Palmer, Benedict Wong as Wong, Chiwetel Ejiofor as Karl Mordo.
Besides Xochitl Gomez as America Chavez, Doctor Strange 2 will also feature Elizabeth Olsen as Wanda Maximoff/Scarlet Witch.
Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness opens May 5 in Indonesian cinemas.