Disney+ is known to be relatively kid-friendly, but it’s about to start embracing the entertainment content for the grown-ups. The streamer will be adding Deadpool, Deadpool 2, and Logan to its U.S. library come 22 July — just in time for San Diego Comic-Con 2022.
The move continues to indicate a pretty big shift in policy for the House of Mouse, which has generally limited its library to the PG-13 rating for television. Earlier in March this year, Disney+ saw new parental controls that would permit R-rated and TV-MA (not suitable for children under 17) content, allowing for the streaming of shows like Daredevil and The Punisher.
Like the Netflix additions, the trio of R-rated Marvel superhero movies are undeniably violent, with no shortage of blood splatter, coarse language, and other mature elements. It appears that Disney is now more open to relaxing its stance on releasing all-ages content, though, emphasising that “subscribers are invited to revisit their parental controls settings to ensure a viewing experience most suitable for them and their family.” In other words, adjust them or be prepared for some awkward conversations with the younger ones.
The inclusion of Deadpool, Deadpool 2, and Logan makes Disney+ the unrivalled destination for all things superhero. Not only does the service offer every Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) film, it has complemented these offerings with character-focused shows like Loki, Hawkeye, WandaVision, and most recently, Ms Marvel.
The three R-rated titles have been available to local audiences for quite some time now, but for those living outside of Singapore and the States, the easiest workaround would be to use a VPN service. First released in 2016, the first Deadpool movie tells the origin story of anti-hero mercenary Wade Wilson on a mission of revenge, with a dash of over-the-top comedic effects on the side. The sequel continues his butt-kicking adventures, and brings in characters from Marvel’s X-Men universe, including Domino (Zazie Beetz) and Cable (Josh Brolin). A third entry is currently in the works, and will be as R-rated as it gets.
Meanwhile, James Mangold’s Logan, which premiered in 2017, follows an aging Wolverine (Hugh Jackman) on one last hurrah in an adaptation of Marvel Comics’ Old Man Logan. In it, the mutant cares for both an ailing Professor X and a young new mutant with a mysterious past, before meeting a gruelling fate.