According to reports, Eternals, the latest Marvel superhero blockbuster, will not be released by Disney as planned on November 11 at screens in Saudi Arabia, Kuwait and Qatar, with details of the release quietly removed from websites for cinemas in the regions.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, it is "understood to have been met with a series of edit requests by the local censors, edits that THR has heard Disney were not willing to make". The film is still listed as due to be released as planned in the United Arab Emirates.
There had been prior speculation that because the film features the Marvel Comic Universe's first gay superhero, Phastos played by Brian Tyree Henry, and that there is a scene in the film featuring him and his on-screen husband sharing a kiss, that this could be problematic given that homosexuality is still officially illegal across the Gulf.
Last year, the Disney released Pixar title Onward was banned across Kuwait, Oman, Qatar and Saudi Arabia over a single line referencing a lesbian relationship.