Marvel Studios’ Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness is all set to release on May 6, 2022. The film has been in the news for being banned in Saudi Arabia as they are not inclined to release the film with LGBTQ references in it. Talking to the news agency AFP a few days ago, Nawaf Alsbhan, general supervisor of cinema classification of Saudi Arabia, said, ‘It will never be banned. There is 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.”
Recently while talking to PA News Agency, Benedict CumberbatchThe one who played the lead role in the film reacted to being banned in Saudi Arabia. He said, “It’s hard not to be sentimental about it, to be honest. But it is, I’m afraid, an expected disappointment. We learned from those oppressive regimes that their lack of tolerance is ostracized for those who are not only are worthy of being included but celebrated for what they are, and to be felt part of a society and culture and not punished for their sexuality.”
Talking further about the gay character in the film, Cumberbatch said, “We included her because of how fabulous she is as a character. And (her sexuality) is just one aspect of her character. And that’s it. That’s all. We still have to fight, we still have to push for inclusion and equality and I’m very happy in a small way but on a much bigger canvas, Marvel and Disney are doing that.”
In addition to Benedict Cumberbatch, the film also stars Elizabeth Olsen, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Benedict Wong, Xochital Gomez, Michael Stuhlberg, and Rachel McAdams. It is the sequel to Doctor Strange, released in 2016 and is a continuation of Spider-Man: No Way Home (2021).
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