New movie ‘Doctor Strange’ banned in Saudi Arabia for gay character

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Doctor Strange’s multiverse will not include Saudi Arabia.

It’s no secret that several countries are less accepting of homosexuality and show no support for the LGTBQIA+ community. Even here in the United States, anti-LGTBQIA+ legislation has been filed in several states, including Florida. Additionally, it is also not uncommon to see nations take action that reaffirms their stance against the LGTBQIA+ rights movement and Saudi Arabia is a perfect example. According to UpRoxx, Dr. Strange 2, also known as Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness apparently won’t be featured in Saudi Arabia because it features a gay character. Indeed, the film will be totally banned.

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No official explanation was given for the ban, but reports say it was the introduction of America’s first-ever Latinx LGBTQIA+ character Chavez Marvel played by Xochitl Gomez that struck a chord. Nevertheless, despite the delays and now the bans, Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness will arrive in theaters this year, shaking up the Marvel Cinematic Universe like never before. In Spider-Man: Far From Home, the multiverse has been teased as an infinite number of other realms. We already know that Scarlet Witch would appear with Doctor Strange in the film, but now Kevin Feige claims other heroes will join the madness as well.

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