After weeks of uncertainty, Thor: Love and Thunder, the latest offering from Marvel Studios, will not be shown in Malaysia.
On Thursday, July 28th, Malaysia’s largest theater chain, Golden Screen Cinemas (GSC), confirmed that the film would not be shown in the nation.
GSC issued a brief statement: “Thor: Love and Takde (which means “no more” in Malay) Officially.”
There is a social media message from Disney stating that Marvel Studios’ Thor: Love and Thunder would not be published in Malaysia after all.
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“We appreciate your patience, and we apologize for any inconvenience caused.” TGV cinemas also posted on social media that the film will not be shown.
The news about the postponement of the film’s premiere in Malaysia had been circulating for the better part of two weeks prior to this confirmation.
On July 6th, the film was made available to the general public in most regions of the world. The release in Malaysia was supposed to take place on July 7th, but it was delayed.
According to the New Straits Times, the film distributor, The Walt Disney Company (M) Sdn Bhd, announced on July 1st that the release date had been pushed back to July 21st. There was no explanation provided for the postponement.
After a few days, an announcement was made that the release would be “postponed indefinitely,” which required theater owners who had already sold tickets for the film to offer refunds to customers.
There is a scene in the film in which the character of Thor, played by Chris Hemsworth, has his buttocks on display. There are hints that some of the characters are involved in relationships with people of the same sexual orientation.
CNA has contacted both the Malaysian Ministry of Home Affairs and Disney in an effort to obtain comments regarding the reasons why the movie was withdrawn from release.
Disney has decided to skip the Malaysian market for its new releases for the second time in a month. This decision comes after the company made the same choice last month.
The Malaysian Film Censorship Board (LPF) was quoted in an article published by the New Straits Times as saying that the movie distributor had refused to comply with certain restrictions that were required in order to allow the movie to be played in the nation.
A number of well-known actors, including Natalie Portman and Christian Bale, appear in the latest part of the Thor film series, which is titled Thor: Love and Thunder.
It was stated that the film’s opening weekend earnings of US$302 million made it the second biggest performer at the box office in 2022, behind another Marvel movie titled Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness.