Doctor Strange 2 Poster Offensive Hand Gesture Gets Censored in Italy

Doctor Strange 2 Poster Offensive Hand Gesture Gets Censored in Italy

Marvel Studios edited the Italian poster for Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness because of Stephen Strange’s offensive hand gesture.

Marvel Studios has censored a poster for Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness that was released in Italy because it featured a hand gesture considered to be offensive. Fresh off of last year’s Spider-Man: No Way Home, Phase 4 of the Marvel Cinematic Universe is set to deliver another multiversal adventure via director Sam Raimi’s Multiverse of Madness. With a script written by Loki creator Michael Waldron, the film will see Benedict Cumberbatch’s titular character delve deeper into realities known and unknown as he explores the consequences of dangerous magic.

In addition to Cumberbatch, the sequel will see Benedict Wong, Rachel McAdams, and Chiwetel Ejiofor all reprise their roles from 2016’s original Doctor Strange. Joining them will be Elizabeth Olsen’s Wanda Maximoff/Scarlet Witch and Xochitl Gomez making her MCU debut as America Chavez. The first trailer for Multiverse of Madness teased a culmination of everything Phase 4 has been building towards, with Strange and Wanda variants, and Patrick Stewart as Professor X. With less than a month until its theatrical release, the film’s international marketing campaign is ramping up.


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U/MCU_Speculation on Reddit recently shared a poster for Multiverse of Madness showing Stephen Strange flashing a hand gesture known stateside as the symbol for rock and roll or, in other countries or regions, known as “the horns.” In Italy and other Mediterranean countries, when one’s fingers are angled downwards and not directed at another person, the “evil eye” gesture is used to ward off bad luck. However, when the gesture is pointed upward—like in the below poster—it is another way to call someone a “cuckold.” Therefore, Marvel Studios was forced to edit a peace sign into the poster below:

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The above mistake is a minuscule and frankly hilarious hiccup in what has been quite the journey for Multiverse of Madness. On top of Scott Derrickson leaving the project due to creative differences and being replaced by Raimi, the film was originally supposed to be released before No Way Home. However, numerous delays amid the COVID-19 pandemic have resulted in a dramatic reworking of Disney/Marvel Studios’ Phase 4 slate. Furthermore, the success of No Way Home reportedly prompted Doctor Strange 2’s extensive reshoots, which were aimed at including even more characters/cameos from across the multiverse.

Factoring in Disney’s 2019 acquisition of Fox, Multiverse of Madness could feature everything from mutants and a multiversal Illuminati to a Superior Iron Man, villainous Scarlet Witch, and Loki, the God of Mischief. If done right, the film is poised to redefine the MCU as it fully explains concepts like alternate timelines and/or universes. It remains to be seen if Strange himself comes in peace, rock ‘n’ roll, or something else when Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness premieres in theaters on May 6th.

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Source: U/MCU_Speculation/Reddit

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