‘Doctor Strange 2’: Disney rejects S Arabia’s demand

Following reports that Marvel’s upcoming film ‘Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness’ has been banned in Saudi Arabia, an official from the Middle-Eastern nation has clarified that they are still trying to negotiate with the film’s production house Disney.

As per media reports, Saudi Arabia wanted Disney to cut a scene with same-sex relationship references but the studio refused. The film releases on May 6 worldwide.

Reports claimed that it was due to the presence of lesbian character America Chavez (played by Xochitl Gomez). However, it has now emerged the real reason for Saudi’s hesitation in letting the film release is a scene where the character refers to her “two moms”.

According to a report in The Guardian, Nawaf Alsabhan, Saudi Arabia’s general supervisor of cinema classification, said, “It’s just her talking about her moms because she has two moms. And being in the Middle East, it’s very tough to pass something like this. We sent it to the distributor, and the distributor sent it to Disney, and Disney has told us they are not willing.”

However, the official refuted the reports that the film has been banned in the country. Speaking to the news agency AFP, he said, “It will never be banned. There’s no reason to ban the film. It’s a simple edit…so far they have refused. But we haven’t closed the door. We’re still trying.”

Directed by Sam Raimi, ‘Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness’ stars Benedict Cumberbatch and Elizabeth Olsen in pivotal roles.

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