When it was confirmed that América Chavez (Xochitl Gomez) would be portrayed as a gay character in ‘Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness‘ it was inevitable that the sequel would end up facing censorship.
As already reported, the film was BANNED from Saudi Arabia and Egypt after the Disney and the Marvel Studios refuse to remove a mere 12 seconds from the 126-minute plot length.
The second references Chavez’s sexual orientation, who is also openly gay in the comics.
As the countries mentioned are extremely conservative, homosexual representation in the media is strictly illegal.
While promoting the film (via Reddit), the protagonist Benedict Cumberbatch was asked about the matter and regretted the censorship.
“It is a pity that this is an expected disappointment. We learn from these repressive regimes that the lack of tolerance is exclusionary for people who deserve to be, not just included, but celebrated for who they are and made to feel part of a society and culture, and not punished for their sexuality. It seems really out of step with everything we experience as a species, let alone the globalization of different cultures. But frankly, it’s an even stronger reason to include a member of the LGBTQ+ community in our films.”
“This character was created like that in the comics. It’s not something we created to bring attention to the causes of diversity. We included her because she’s amazing as a character. And her sexual orientation is just one aspect of her among so many others. And that’s all it should be, but unfortunately, it’s now also politically incorrect to assume who you are. And I wish it weren’t so. I wish we could have a normalized conversation about this without seeing it as a problem. But we are far from that, so we still have to fight to get there. We still have to push to make inclusion and equality a normal issue. But even on a small scale, I’m glad she’s in the movie and that Disney is contributing to gay representation.”
In an interview with Empire Magazinethe director Sam Raimi also talked about the importance of Chavez in the movie:
“Doctor Strange is still learning about the multiverse, and there’s a character who has the ability to travel through it. He tends to be a know-it-all, so having him learn from a young girl is a smart decision.”
Remembering that the film arrives in Brazil on May 5, 2022.
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Journey into the unknown with Doctor Strange, who, with the help of mystical allies old and new, traverses the mind-bending and dangerous alternate realities of the Multiverse to face a mysterious new adversary.
Benedict Cumberbatch e Elizabeth Olsen will star in the sequel, which will also feature Chiwetel Ejiofor, Rachel McAdams, Benedict Wong e Xochitl Gomez.