Black Panther: Wakanda Forever was hit theaters everywhere on November 11, and with its release came an outpouring of positive reviews. Fans and critics have come to the combined conclusion that the film is everything a sequel should be. Scoring 84% Rotten Tomatoes, the film lifted the Marvel Cinematic Universe out of its recent slump.
However, Wakanda forever’The release of s was not without problems. From pandemic restrictions to actress Letitia Wright’s accident causing production to shut down, the film had its own set of challenges to overcome. Even after its release, the Black Panther The team doesn’t seem to have a break as they face a strong chance that the film will be banned in China due to its LGBTQIA+ representation.
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Black Panther: Wakanda Forever May be banned in China
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wakanda forever saw a brief scene where Wakandan warrior Aneka played by Michaela Coel and Dora Milaje member Ayo played by Florence Kasumba are seen to be in a romantic relationship.
The Hollywood Reporter said that for this reason, China has so far refused to release the film. While the country has not outright banned wakanda forever however, he refused to give it a release date. It is not the first time that China has blocked the release of films in the country. mcu Thor: Love and Thunder and Pixar Light year suffered a similar fate due to their LGBTQIA+ representation.
Although at one time China was a huge source of income for Marvel films, recently no films from the studios have been allowed to be released there, as of Black Widow. Marvel isn’t the only one to suffer, however. Their rival superhero world, DCU, also appears to be on China’s radar as black adam has not yet been released in the country. According to THR’s sources, the two wakanda forever and Black Panther have “unlikely to get approval” of the Chinese censorship committee.
Do wakanda forever Need China for Box Office Haul
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At one time, releasing films in China meant a huge boost in overall revenue. Avengers: Endgame alone made $629 million when it opened in China. However, Black Panther made $105 million domestically, compared to its domestic revenue of $700 million. That means Marvel movies are doing pretty well in the United States alone.
After the news of Wakanda forever’The ban was made public, fans were undoubtedly furious. They aired their frustrations on Twitter, where they called out China for its lack of reason. Fans said this was clearly an overreaction from China, as the LGBTQIA+ scene in question lasted only a few moments. They further added that Marvel doesn’t need China for its films to perform at the box office, just like Doctor Strange: Multiverse of Madness made $760 million with no release in China.
Let it be known that it is on a kiss on the forehead. I can’t think of a bigger overreaction
– still. (@h0met0wnher0) November 11, 2022
Spider-man made $1.906 billion, Multiverse of Madness made $955.8 million, and Love and Thunder made $760.7 million, all without China.
— Timothy Osborne (@TimothyBOsborne) November 11, 2022
The scene literally lasted 4 seconds 😭
— Naj (@ZeldasRequiem) November 11, 2022
Man that was LITERALLY just two or three words during a transition sequence near the end of the movie. It was also the sweetest inclusive stuff you could get from a modern movie. Don’t see any particular problem there.
— Bruno (@Brunog198) November 11, 2022
I mean…. I had to think Disney saw this coming and didn’t care.
More films are missing out on the Chinese market and still doing well enough to generate solid profits for the studio
—Patrick Wrye (@patrickwrye) November 11, 2022
At this point, it’s bigger and more surprising news when a movie is not banned in China.
— JMB 💜 (@jmbredux) November 11, 2022
Even though wakanda forever not releasing in China is upsetting for both fans and the team that worked so hard on it, it’s refreshing to see Marvel Studios holding their own. While some movies seem to be giving in to the pressure, it looks like Marvel won’t follow suit. This is definitely a step in the right direction for much needed LGBTQIA+ representation in the industry.
Black Panther: Wakanda Forever is currently playing in theaters.