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Spider-Man Across the Spider-Verse gets banned in UAE, Saudi Arabia; here’s why

New Delhi: Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse, the most recent Miles Morales film, has been banned in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) and several other Middle Eastern countries. According to the source, the existence of a trans flag that appears briefly in the film is to blame for the ban. Censorship laws have reportedly prevented Spider-Man: […]

Edited By : Sahelee Rakshit | Updated: Jun 15, 2023 13:47 IST
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New Delhi: Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse, the most recent Miles Morales film, has been banned in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) and several other Middle Eastern countries. According to the source, the existence of a trans flag that appears briefly in the film is to blame for the ban.

Censorship laws have reportedly prevented Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse from being released in Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates.

Spider-Man Across the Spider-Verse banned in UAE, Saudi Arabia

The highly anticipated animated picture will not be published in some parts of the Gulf region, according to Saudi Cinema, which is overseen by the General Commission for Audiovisual Media, since it ‘contradicts the content controls in place,’ according to Unilad.

While the reason for the ban is unknown, many fans believe it is related to the brief appearance of a pro-trans banner, with many fans assuming that Gwen is a trans-ally.

While little is known about Gwen Stacy’s adolescent experience, there are scenes in the film where she talks to her father about her own identity. A trans flag with the slogan ‘Protect Trans Kids’ can be seen hanging on the wall of Gwen’s room in one scene.

There is also persistent speculation concerning Gwen’s gender identity.

Screenwriters and producers Phil Lord and Christopher Miller revealed in a recent interview with Entertainment Weekly that Into the Spider-Verse and Across the Spider-Verse were part of Miles Morales’ trilogy, which will conclude with Beyond the Spider-Verse. The third installment of the trilogy will be released on March 29, 2024.

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First published on: Jun 15, 2023 01:47 PM IST

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