Disney’s Marvel Cinematic Universe is one of the most lucrative movie franchises today, both domestically and globally. However, it seems that their latest installment is facing troubles overseas.

It seems that Marvel’s “Eternals” will not be playing in Saudi Arabia, Qatar, Kuwait, Bahrain, and Oman, despite initial plans to begin screening in the region on the 11th of November.

While there have been no official statements explaining this move, the internet is already abuzz with rumors and conjecture. However, it seems likely that this is the result of censorship issues.

The possible cause of contention could be Disney’s refusal to omit scenes portraying intimacy, including a same-sex kiss, as homosexuality is considered taboo in the region.

A version of the movie is set to be screened in the United Arab Emirates, Jordan, Lebanon and Egypt, with all intimate scenes removed, which is the usual practice for the region.

Another issue might be the movie’s portrayal of gods and divine characters, which might be construed as blasphemous. The cause notwithstanding, this is definitely disappointing news for Marvel fans in the region.

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Abhishek Kar

Abhishek Kar is a freelance writer and a full-time pop culture enthusiast from India. In his spare time, he likes to paint.

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