One fact that went unnoticed is that the all-powerful Marvel Cinematic Universe hasn’t released movies in China since 2019, back then the Russo brothers’ feature film saw the light of the socialist nation, Avengers: Endgame.
Black Panther: Wakanda Forever in China
In recent years, the Government itself is the one who examines and determines the different foreign films, one by one, to see if they are suitable for the nation. In that same order, they have not given the green light to any Disney production. However, for this new Chinese year, things will improve.
In the month of February, China will be the epicenter of Marvel. In a span of 10 days, Black Panther: Wakanda Forever will be released, albeit 3 months after its world premiere, followed by the new movie from phase six of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania, on the 17th. February, which coincides with its release on the same day in the United States.
Why doesn’t China agree with Marvel?
China’s rules and regulations for banning foreign feature films, such as Marvel’s, have never been made clear to the public. Although some factors that may contribute to the suspension of productions of the comics empire may be:
The prioritization of local content: when it was the turn of Black Widow, starring Scarlet Johansson, it coincided with a preference in China, where only local film productions debuted and excluding foreign ones.
Censorship from the LGBT+ community: the Eternals case was unique. The reason for not having a release in China was because of a kiss between characters of the same sex. Also, the Chinese authorities denied Doctor Strange the green light because the character of América Chávez (played by Xochitl Gómez) is a lesbian. Same with Thor: Love and Thunderfor having LGBT+ references.