Some Middle Eastern countries, notably Saudi Arabia and Qatar, have banned Marvel’s latest film Eternals due to censorship concerns. Thena, played by Angelina Jolie, expressed her discontent with the restriction and thanked Marvel for not suppressing gay scenes despite the ban. For the uninitiated, censorship has prohibited Eternals from obtaining a theatrical release in Saudi Arabia and Oman, according to Deadline.
According to the complaint, Disney refused to change the film’s sequences of LGBTQ+ characters getting close. According to Deadline, the film’s suspension in these countries may not have been due solely to the film’s same-sex kiss scene; the film may also have been prohibited due to issues with fictitious images of deities and prophets.
The actress expressed her anger with the prohibition in a recent interview, stating she is “sad” for the people who wished to see the film in specific regions. Jolie said she is “proud” of Marvel and the series for refusing to remove the LGBT segments despite requests from governments. Angelina Jolie said of the ban, “I still don’t understand how we live in a culture today where there are still [people] who wouldn’t see the family Phastos has and the delicacy of that tie and that loooove.”