Disney refused to censor its film for Saudi Arabia, Kuwait and Qatar.
Cinemas in Saudi Arabia, Kuwait and Qatar will not offer The Eternals to Marvel fans in their country. The feature film has been pulled from the schedule, according to a recent report by the Hollywood Reporter.
The site indicates that the film has been the subject of various requests from “Assembly“, from the local censors. That is to say that they asked to cut certain sequences. Disney obviously did not wish to accede to their requests and the film was withdrawn as a result of the release schedule.
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THR clarifies that there is no official reason as to why the film was banned in these three countries (the United Arab Emirates would not be affected). But the site cites sources which indicate that the presence of a gay couple in the film would be the major cause of this censorship. Indeed, for the first time with The Eternals, an MCU hero is gay. Phastos (Brian Tyree Henry) even has a husband, Ben (Haaz Sleiman), a child, and they share an onscreen kiss scene. However, LGBTQ + representation is often censored in this region of the world. It should be remembered that sexual relations between adults of the same sex are still punishable by death in Saudi Arabia.