According to reports from The Hollywood Reportermovie Eternals The newly released Marvel Studios franchise will definitely not be showing in theaters in Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, or Qatar, as those countries have banned the screening of the film in their countries.
It was said in the report that the film Eternals was met with multiple editing requests by local censorship bodies in those countries, and Disney was reportedly unwilling to do so, and the result was that the film was either withdrawn or banned by all three of the above countries. However, the United Arab Emirates is still showing the film, as it is currently listed on various local cinema websites.
According to the report, it’s not clear exactly why the film was apparently banned, but reliable sources seem to point to the inclusion of same-sex couples involving LGBT in Eternals as one of the major censorship issues the film may have. In the film, Phastos (Brian Tyree Henry) and her husband Ben (Haaz Sleiman) perform a kissing scene. Due to how LGBTQ+ issues and representations are often censored in some parts of the world, it is believed that Eternals are working on the same issue.
Eternals is a film about a new superhero team joining the Marvel Cinematic Universe. The epic story, spanning thousands of years, features a group of immortal heroes who are forced out of the shadows to reunite against humanity’s oldest enemies, The Deviants.
This film stars Richard Madden as the all-powerful Ikaris, Gemma Chan as Sersi who loves humanity, Kumail Nanjiani as the cosmic-powered Kingo, Lauren Ridloff as the super-fast Makkari, Brian Tyree Henry as the intelligent inventor of Phastos, Salma Hayek as the wise and spiritual leader Ajak, Lia McHugh as the ever-young and spirited Sprite elder, Don Lee as the strong Gilgamesh, Barry Keoghan as the aloof Druig, and Angelina Jolie as the tough warrior, Thena. Kit Harrington will play Dane Whitman. The film was written and directed by Oscar winner Chloé Zhao, with Patrick Burleigh as screenwriter.
This superhero movie takes place after the events of Avengers: Endgamewith the Eternals having to regroup and leave their own lives behind from different corners of the world to fend off the cataclysmic awakening that occurred as a result of the population being jolted back to Earth.