Even Sony’s output is affected, with Venom: Let There Be Carnage and Morbius not receiving a release in Chinese cinemas as the local authorities focus more on home-grown titles after spending a few years batting their eyelashes at Hollywood executives, which usually resulted in blatant pandering to consumers.
Despite being completely unseen in China, Spider-Man: No Way Home managed to earn close to $1.9 billion at the box office, proving that the notoriously tight censorship body may have made one cut too many.
According to Matt Belloni of Puck, Marvel and Disney were asked to remove the Statue of Liberty from the film entirely. Given that it serves as the climactic third act confrontation between a trio of web-slingers and their multiversal antagonists, this would have been quite difficult.
Of course, the figures have already shown that the MCU doesn’t require whole planetary domination to thrive and succeed; with Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness having been ruled out of a Chinese release. It’s still expected to gross a billion dollars!