Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness will be prohibited in Saudi Arabia owing to the presence of Xochitl Gomez‘s openly homosexual America Chavez.
Saudi Arabia banned Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness owing to the country’s anti-homosexuality regulations. This legislation is applicable across the Gulf, and hence Kuwait and Qatar are anticipated to prohibit the picture as well. All three nations have already put a halt to the selling of advanced tickets. Tickets for the film are still on sale in the United Arab Emirates, indicating that the film may be shown there.
America Chavez debuted in Marvel’s comic book universe in 2011 and has the ability to usher star-shaped gateways between dimensions. Given that Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness will involve several parallel worlds, it seems as if America will play a significant part. A rainbow flag was shown on the character’s garment in early promotional images, implying her LGBTQ+ heritage, but Saudi Arabia’s decision implies that America’s sexuality will be explicitly addressed and recognized by the film.
Saudi Arabian censors had previously asked that Disney delete allusions to LGBT characters from Marvel flicks such as Eternals. While it has not been proven, it is probable that a similar request was made for Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness.