It looks like another Disney-backed blockbuster is going to be facing at least one ban in a major market.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, “Hollywood’s two biggest superhero movies of late 2022 — Disney’s Black Panther: Wakanda Forever and Warner Bros.’ Dwayne Johnson tentpole Black Adam — are expected to be blocked from release in China, as Beijing regulators continue to crack down on U.S. access to the world’s second-largest theatrical market.”
It is unclear at this time why exactly the communist nation is set to ban its Marvel fans from returning to Wakanda, but many in the industry speculate it has something to do with queer scenes.
Regardless of the reason, though, the ban would signal that the once secure relationship held between The Walt Disney Company and Beijing seems to be coming apart as more and more censorship is implemented throughout the country. In the past, Hollywood has been generous to its Asian Markets by editing the film to align better with their sentiments. However, that practice appears to be a thing of the past.
The good news is that industry experts estimate that the box office will feel less of an effect as the post-covid atmosphere has allowed studios to get used to not being able to rely on the Far East population to make their nut. American fans are also looking at this situation, and they are ready to hear Marvel Studios and Disney say Good Riddance.
One person replied to THR’s tweet sharing the story, saying, quite bluntly, “Then Then stop trying to catering to them. Problem solved.”
Then stop trying to catering to them. Problem solved.
— Paul (@cameoxvi) November 11, 2022
Another said, “Industry needs to see China as a bonus not as it used to be a way to artificially inflated global BO, has Avatar 2 been confirmed for China release next month?“
Industry needs to see China as a bonus not as it used to be a way to artificially inflated global BO, has Avatar 2 been confirmed for China release next month?
— Paul Ferrer (@paullferrer) November 11, 2022
And a third said, “Knowing their piracy game, they all prolly seen it already.”
Knowing their piracy game, they all prolly seen it already ?
— Fullmetal Alsharpton (@ArtFehler) November 11, 2022
Black Panther: Wakanda Forever picks up the story of Black Panther after the untimely death of King T’Challa (Chadwick Boseman) as Marvel’s version of Atlantis prepares to invade and take over the surface world. It is set to be a blockbuster with a strong female leading cast. It is in theaters now.
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