Report: ‘Black Panther: Forever Wakanda’ to be banned in China for openly gay characters

  • Black Panther: Wakanda Forever may be the latest Marvel Studios movie to be banned in China.
  • According to the Hollywood Reporter, the film will likely be blacklisted alongside DC’s “Black Adam.”
  • The strange relationship shown in the film may be the reason why the film did not reach Chinese cinemas.

Black Panther: Forever Wakanda may have hit cinemas around the world on Friday, but its fate in China has yet to be determined.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, the likelihood of the latest installment of Marvel Studios superheroes from showing in Chinese theaters is slim — the leading theory on why alien characters are so publicly included. As Insider previously reported, “Wakanda Forever” reveals that members of Dora Milaje Ayo (Florence Kasumba) and Annika (Michaela Cowell) are a couple. The two are also together in the 2016 Marvel’s “Black Panther: Wakanda Forever” comic.

Disney, the owner of Marvel Studios, did not immediately respond to an Insider’s request for comment.

Aneka and Ayo in Black Panther: Wakanda Forever

Aneka and Ayo in “Black Panther: Wakanda Forever”

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But if the second Black Panther movie ends up being blacklisted by Chinese censors, it will join a long list of other Marvel Studios films that have met the same fate.

Fortune magazine reported that among the current list of superhero films banned in China are “Spider-Man: No Way Home”, “Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness” and “Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings”.

Business Insider reports that “No Way Home” – a product of Sony and Marvel – has been approved by China’s domestic film department, but that a release date has never been set. According to the Hollywood Reporter, the main theory was that there was a lot of symbolism to American patriotism, namely the Statue of Liberty.

Meanwhile, Deadline reports that Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness has been criticized for a scene showing a newspaper kiosk with the Epoch Times, which opposes the Chinese government.

After a September 2021 release date in the US, “Shang Chi” has yet to be released in China — likely due to comments Simu Liu, the movie’s leading man, made regarding the country in 2017, Business Insider reported. .

The film was also embroiled in a controversy over the comic book history of the title character, having included a character now seen as perpetuating racial Asian stereotypes when it was first released.

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“Shang Zhi and the Legend of the Ten Rings.”

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And in June, Disney’s “Lightyear,” a prequel to the “Toy Story” series, faced a ban in China after the production company refused to cut scenes featuring a same-sex kiss in the film. As of November, the film has no release date in China, according to IMDb.

At the time, Chris Evans, who plays the lead role, told Variety he was “disappointed” because the inclusion of queer characters was even a point of contention. “The goal is to get to a point where that’s the norm, and that doesn’t have to be some unknown water, and that’s ultimately what it is,” he said.

According to the Hollywood Reporter, it is also possible that the latest superhero movie from Warner Bros. “Black Adam” will not reach Chinese cinemas. The outlet reported that there has been speculation that a photo of Pierce Brosnan, who plays star Kent Nelson/Doctor Fate in the film, with the Dalai Lama two years ago is behind the ban.

Warner Brothers did not immediately respond to an Insider’s request for comment.

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