‘Eternals’ Movie Pulled in Saudi Arabia and Other Arab Countries

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Marvel’s Eternals movie has been pulled from Saudi Arabia and several other Arab countries ahead of its release in less than a week’s time.


Eternals has been banned in Saudi Arabia, Qatar and Kuwait, the Guardian reports.

The move comes ahead of its planned release on November 11th across the Gulf region.


Variety added that this is a last-minute decision as the movie release has been promoted in the region.

Although Marvel is yet to confirm why, it is thought the movie has been pulled due to a gay kiss, the Guardian reports.


Eternals features the first gay superhero in an Marvel Cinematic Universe film, Phastos.

In the film, Phastos is seen living with his husband and child when he’s recruited by the other Eternals.


In many Arab nations, movies are cut if they do not comply with censorship rules.

These rules can include if movies contain sex, homosexuality, or religious issues.


The outlet reports that director of Eternals, Chloé Zhao, has previously said that she expressed to Marvel her desire to not change elements of the movie.

“I don’t know all the details, but I do believe discussions were had and there’s a big desire from Marvel and myself – we talked about this – to not change the cut of the movie,” she told Indiewire

Ticket are said to still be available to see the movie in the UAE but it has not been reported if they will be removed.