A tender moment between two female characters in Black Panther: Wakanda Forever was reportedly cut in order for the film to be released in Kuwait.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, the LGBTQ+ scene involves Michaela Coel's Aneka and Florence Kasumba's Ayo. It's only 10 seconds — Aneka kisses Ayo on the forehead — but was axed at the request of censors. Only one minute in the 2 hour and 41 minute film was taken out, per THR, for the movie's release overseas. Another scene left out was when a woman gives birth to a child and the following line was removed: "A god to his people."
THR reports the highly-anticipated Black Panther sequel will be screening unedited in Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Oman, Bahrain and Qatar, which typically censors LGBTQ+ scenes.
Kuwait isn't just strict when it comes to same-sex intimacy. In 2018's original Black Panther, a kiss between T’Challa and Nakia was removed, while a heterosexual kiss was also taken out from Disney's Encanto.
Yahoo Entertainment reached out to Marvel for comment, but did not immediately receive a response.
Black Panther: Wakanda Forever is on track to do huge numbers, domestically and internationally, regardless of any censorship. The sequel earned $28 million in Thursday previews in the U.S., coming in as the No. 15 highest preview haul ever. It's expected to make around $175 million in its opening weekend, per Deadline.
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