The movie is a sequel to 'Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse' which was released in 2018.
The UAE, Saudi Arabia and several Middle Eastern countries have banned the latest Disney‘s Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse. The film was scheduled for release on June 22.
The movie has been pulled from release in the region because it cannot pass censorship requirements. As per the report, the ban is owing to the trans flag that briefly appears in the movie.
Movies that release in the UAE and in the region are subject to guidelines and must adhere to local values and customs.
Last year, the Disney movie Lightyear was not shown in the UAE.
In a statement on social media, the Emirates Media Council wrote: “Disclaimer: The Emirates Media Council monitors and evaluates the media content circulating locally, and the council confirms that it will not allow the circulation or publication of content contrary to the values and principles of the UAE and the standards of media content in force in the country.”
Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse has earned over $405m against a production budget of $100m at the worldwide box office, surpassing its predecessor and becoming the ninth-highest-grossing film of 2023. A third film, Spider-Man: Beyond the Spider-Verse, is scheduled to be released on March 29, 2024, while a female-focused spin-off film, Spider-Woman, is in development.