The superhero movies “Deadpool,” “Deadpool 2,” and “Logan” made their streaming debuts on Disney+ on Friday, marking the beginning of the weekend’s first R-rated programming on the service. All three 20th Century Fox productions are based on Marvel Comics characters, but they venture into much more violent and explicit area than the majority of Disney’s Marvel movies.
The official Twitter account for the “Deadpool” film franchise wrote in reaction to the information, “Hurry and stream your copy of Deadpool, Deadpool 2, and Logan on @DisneyPlus starting this Friday, before someone comes to their senses and they go back in the vault forever.” Disney+ formerly concentrated on family-friendly programming and only had PG-13, PG, or G-rated movies available to view. Even some of those movies, which might have featured derogatory portrayals of specific cultures or racist tropes, came with a second disclaimer alerting viewers to the problematic material.
For example, “Peter Pan” received a warning because the portrayal of Native Americans “reflects neither the diversity of Native peoples nor their authentic cultural traditions,” according to the Walt Disney Company. “The Aristocats” also received a warning due to a “racist caricature of East Asian peoples,” the company said.
Some video was also edited, such as Daryl Hannah’s exposed buttocks in the movie “Splash,” which were digitally hidden when they appeared on Disney+.
However, according to Deadline, Disney+ started preparing the ground for more mature content back in March by pushing “into TV-MA/R area by modifying its existing Parental Controls in the U.S.” The TV-MA rated “Daredevil,” “Jessica Jones,” and “Luke Cage,” among other Marvel shows that were previously available on Netflix, have been added to Disney+’s catalog along with the new parental restrictions, the site stated.
Fans of “Deadpool” and “Logan” may be pleased with the streaming service’s newest material, but the Parents Television and Media Council is not so happy, claiming that Disney+ betrayed its “promise” to parents.
Tim Winter, the organization’s president, said in a statement issued on Friday that “although Disney+ guides users to its parental controls, the mere existence of R-rated and TV-MA rated content violates the trust and sensibilities of families.” “What took years to create today only takes months to destroy.”
Meanwhile, the casts of “Deadpool” and “Logan” took a slightly different stance.
Ryan Reynolds and Hugh Jackman, who plays the lead roles in “Logan” and “Deadpool,” were pictured hugging on the set of the latter film. Hugh Jackman wrote on Instagram, “Thank you @disneyplus for adding brothers-in-arms @deadpoolmovie and #Logan as the first R-Rated movies on the platform. We’ll accept your pick, even though it is dubious.
Reynolds responded on social media as well, posting a humorous article suggesting that a number of other “family-friendly” Disney movies, such as “Bambi,” “Old Yeller,” and even “The Lion King,” are far bloodier than they appear.
Logan and Deadpool will soon be the first R-rated films on Disney+, we’re supposed to announce, Reynolds wrote. But everyone is aware that some Disney films ought to be classed R due to irreversible damage.
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