Fans of Chris Hemsworth and Thor in Malaysia will have to continue to wait for the release of Marvel's latest superhero flick, Thor: Love And Thunder.
In a social media post this afternoon (July 13), GSC informed its customers that the new release date for Thor: Love And Thunder is now "TBA" (to be announced).
"Disney has updated us that the release of #ThorLoveandThunder in Malaysia is now "TBA" – release date is now undated.
"We apologise for any inconvenience caused and appreciate your patience in this matter as we await more updates from Disney," GSC wrote on its Facebook.
Thor: Love And Thunder was supposed to be released on July 7 in Malaysia. However, on July 1, cinema operators in the country were informed by the movie distributor, The Walt Disney Company (Malaysia) Sdn Bhd, that the movie had been postponed to July 21.
When contacted by The Star, Disney Malaysia confirmed the postponement of Thor: Love And Thunder to July 21. As to the reason why, a representative from Disney Malaysia told The Star: "We are not able to comment any further."
With the second postponement, movie fans have voiced their dissatisfaction.
"What a joke. This is why nobody wants to go to cinema anymore. At this rate, might as well wait for digital release...," Ashley Ong wrote on Facebook.
"I've been avoiding spoilers like crazy and then this news came," lamented Sylvester Polis Andong.
"Not going to be coming at all probably. Things like this just encourage piracy," Alem Kadic added.
Some fans who have watched the movie overseas are speculating on the postponements of Thor: Love And Thunder.
"Just watched it in Singapore, and I am 100% sure it’s because they included 2 same sex couples...," wrote Lucien Lim.
Thor: Love And Thunder, the fourth instalment in the Thor franchise, is directed by Taika Waititi and stars Hemsworth, Natalie Portman and Christian Bale. The movie premiered in the United States and most countries around the world on July 8.
The movie made US$302mil (RM1.34bil) globally during the weekend of its release. According to Deadline, this makes Thor: Love And Thunder the third highest weekend for any Hollywood movie during the pandemic and the second best of 2022, behind another Marvel movie, Doctor Strange In The Multiverse Of Madness.
This is the latest controversy for Disney in Malaysia. Last month, the company decided not to release the animated feature Lightyear in the country.
According to Malaysian Film Censorship Board (LPF), Disney decided to pull out from screening the movie after refusing to comply with certain conditions, including removing certain parts which promote the LGBT lifestyle.