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Doctor Strange sequel faces ban in Gulf countries over gay charcter

Benedict Cumberbatch starrer ‘Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness’ has reportedly banned in Saudi Arabia before its release due to the inclusion of a gay character.

A source said that Saudi Arabian censors held back their permit to release the film in the kingdom as the changes they requested were not approved by Disney. The new Sam Raimi-directed sequel stars Cumberbatch as the titular character, and it also features the new hero America Chavez, played by ‘The Baby-Sitters Club’ star Xochitl Gomez.

As per reports, Gomez’s character in the movie is reportedly gay, true to how she is portrayed in the Marvel comics. The ‘Doctor Strange’ sequel, which is scheduled to release in the US next month on May 6, was initially slated for release in Saudi Arabia and other Gulf countries on May 5.

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‘Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness’ is set after the events of ‘WandaVision’, ‘Loki’ and ‘Spider-Man: No Way Home’, follows the Sorcerer Supreme attempts to contain the aftermath of the multiverse-fracturing spell he cast in the recent Tom Holland and Zendaya-starrer ‘Spider-Man: No Way Home’, which caused villains from across the multiverse to spill over into the central Marvel Cinematic Universe timeline.

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