The highly anticipated Miles Morales' film, "Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse," has made its long-awaited debut, captivating audiences around the world. However, the animated blockbuster has faced a significant hurdle in the form of a ban in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) and several other Middle Eastern nations. Reports suggest that the inclusion of a trans flag in the movie has led to its prohibition in these regions due to censorship rules.
Saudi Cinema, managed by the General Commission for Audiovisual Media, has confirmed that "Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse" will not be released in certain parts of the Gulf region. The film's content has been deemed to contradict existing content controls, as reported by Unilad.
While the exact reason for the ban has not been officially disclosed, many speculate that it is related to the brief appearance of a pro-trans flag in the film. Fans have been particularly intrigued by the character of Gwen Stacy, who is believed to be a trans ally. Although details about Gwen Stacy's character arc are limited, there are scenes where she discusses her own identity with her father. Notably, a trans flag bearing the words "Protect Trans Kids" can be seen hanging on the wall of Gwen's room. This inclusion has likely played a role in the decision to ban the film in these conservative regions.
The ban has ignited a debate among fans and critics regarding Gwen Stacy's own identity, with some questioning whether she is a trans person herself. However, no official confirmation has been provided regarding this aspect of her character.
Despite the ban, "Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse" continues to garner widespread praise for its animation, storytelling, and representation of diverse characters. The film serves as a part of the Miles Morales' trilogy, which began with the critically acclaimed "Into the Spider-Verse." The third and final installment, "Beyond the Spider-Verse," is scheduled for release on March 29, 2024.