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Marvel movies will finally be screened in Chinese cinemas again after almost four years.
Since then, several movies from the American media franchise have been banned from China, including “Black Widow,” “Eternals,” “Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness,” “Thor: Love and Thunder,” “Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings” and “Spider-Man: No Way Home.”
For example, “Spider-Man: No Way Home” lost a potential $170 million to $340 million in sales from China.
Despite the years-long ban, China has never officially stated why the latest Marvel movies following “Avengers: Endgame” have not been approved for screening in its theaters.
Several fans, however, have speculated a multitude of reasons, such as the presence of LGBTQ-plus characters in movies like “Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness” and “Thor: Love and Thunder,” as well as symbols of U.S. patriotism like the Statue of Liberty in “Spider-Man: No Way Home.”