Report: The Walt Disney Company and Marvel Studios to educate actors in order to pacify communist China

A new report claims that The Walt Disney Company and Marvel Studios will begin educating actors and executives in order to appease communist China to ensure future films are released in the country.

Jonathan Majors as Kang The Conqueror in Marvel Studios’ ANT-MAN AND THE WASP: QUANTUMANIA. Photo by Jay Maidment. © 2022 Marvel.

The report comes from The Hollywood Reporter’s Kim Masters and Alex Weprin as they covered an investor battle inside Walt Disney that pitted current CEO Bob Iger against former Marvel CEO Ike Perlmutter and hedge fund manager Nelson Peltz, who wants a seat on Disney’s board.

Amidst the report Masters and Whiprin claim that future Marvel films won’t feature any Chinese villains, but “the talent will be well trained to watch their words.”

Michelle Pfeiffer as Janet van Dyne / Wasp in Marvel Studios’ ANT-MAN AND THE WASP: QUANTUMANIA. Image courtesy of Marvel Studios. © 2022 Marvel.

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The report comes after the Walt Disney Company’s official Chinese social media accounts announced that Black Panther: Wakanda Forever and Anti-Man and the Wasp: Quantamania are getting theatrical releases in China.

The Hollywood Reporter’s Patrick Brzyski reported Jan. 17, “Marvel shared the surprising news Tuesday via their official Chinese social media accounts. The two titles will be the first Marvel’s Phase 4 films to be shown in China, as they were the last approved theatrical releases from the studio.” Spider-Man: Far From Home And Avengers: EndgameWay back in early/mid 2019″.

(LR): Danai Gurira as Okoye and Letitia Wright as Shuri in BLACK PANTHER: WAKANDA FOREVER at Marvel Studios. Photo by Elie Addy. © 2022 Marvel.

YouTuber Yellowflash commented on this report from The Hollywood Reporter stating that Disney and Marvel stars will learn not to offend communist China saying, “What a loser move that is.”

He continued, “It’s always Disney that does this. Disney is always willing to back off. This is all about making as much money as possible. And you know, I’d rather these companies not do this and not bend their knees to this country because they don’t really like us.”

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And making our films less patriotic or changing things to make China happy seems backward to me. It seems kind of backward, he emphasized. Censor their own pictures so they can get them out in this country.”

“It seems kind of wrong, but Disney has been morally bankrupt for so long anyway. So I’m not really surprised.”

(LR): Michael Douglas as Dr. Hank Pym, Evangeline Lilly as Hope van Dyne / Wasp; Michelle Pfeiffer as Janet van Dyne / Wasp in Marvel Studios’ ANT-MAN AND THE WASP: QUANTUMANIA. Image courtesy of Marvel Studios. © 2022 Marvel.

Yellowflash may also suggest that the actors will act along the lines of what John Cena did when he grumbled and apologized to the Chinese when he referred to Taiwan as a country during a promotional event for Fast and Furious 9.

While being interviewed on Taiwanese broadcasting network TVBS to promote the film, Cena stated that Taiwan would be the “first country to see the film”.

He later issued an apology in Mandarin on Weibo for claiming that Taiwan is a country.

John Cena as Jacob in F9, co-written and directed by Justin Lin.

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Joe Shaw shared Cena’s apology on Twitter.

Sina’s apology was translated by the South China Morning Post. He said, “Hi China, I’m John Cena. I’m in the middle of Fast & Furious 9 promotions. I do a lot of interviews. I made a mistake in one of my interviews.”

Sina continued, “Everyone was asking me if I could use Chinese — [movie] The staff gave me a lot of information, so there was a lot of interviews and information.”

“I made one mistake. I have to say something very, very, very important now. I love and respect China and the Chinese people. I love and respect China,” said Cena.

He continued to apologize profusely, “I apologize, I apologize, I am very sorry. You must understand that I really love and respect China and the Chinese people. My apologies. See you later.”

(From left) Jacob (John Cena), Otto (Thoe Ersted Rasmussen) and Lieutenant Sue (Martin Ford) in F9, co-written and directed by Justin Lin.

What do you think of this report that Disney and Marvel will begin to educate their representatives and CEOs when it comes to China?

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