Marvels latest ground breaking film has been banned in many countries around the world following their refusal to cut out scenes of intense kissing between actor Brian Tyree Henry’s character and his on-screen husband, played by Haaz Sleiman.
The movie is said to have promoted homosexuality which is still considered illegal in most of this regions which includes the likes of Saudi Arabia, Qatar and Kuwait. Even though the $200m movie will not be released in this countries, the Oscar award winning director has decided to stand her ground about her unwillingness to tweak any of the said scenes.
“I don’t know all the details, but I do believe discussions were had and there’s a big desire from Marvel and myself – we talked about this – to not change the cut of the movie,” she said to Indiewire. “Fingers crossed.”
Speaking on the importance of this enlightenment, Lebanese actor named Sleiman who identifies as gay said “It’s life-saving.” “Can you imagine how many lives this is going to be saving” he added. Kids, young queer folk, who are being bullied, committing suicide, and not seeing themselves being represented? And now they get to see this – it’s above and beyond.”
Although the Marvel universe might have meant well for its audience all over the world, to help bring more visibility to the idea of sexuality, but what does this mean for the bottom line of this movie?
Angelina Jolie, one of the lead actors said to Australia’s News.com on friday about the ban: “I’m sad for [those audiences]. And I’m proud of Marvel for refusing to cut those scenes out.” “I still don’t understand how we live in a world today where there’s still [people who] would not see the family Phastos has and the beauty of that relationship and that love. How anybody is angry about it, threatened by it, doesn’t approve or appreciate it is ignorant.”