When it comes to Marvel Studios and Disney, the question of R-rated material has always been a source of contention. The problem most recently came up when Netflix’s Marvel series were moved to the service. Many people were astonished to see that none of the violent material had been sanitized for its new home on a family-friendly service—those who have watched The Punisher finale can testify to how vicious they can become.
The purchase of Fox by Disney raised several concerns. What about Deadpool by Ryan Reynolds? They were not going to ignore the character since he had grown quite famous. Will they maintain their R-rated attitude?
The Deadpool 3 writers have said that both Marvel Studios and Disney have “been extremely hands-off and supportive, but they’ve also allowed [them] do what [they] do.” When it comes to the MCU eventually crossing the rating threshold, things seem to be looking up.
Now, just in time for the San Diego Comic-Con (SDCC), Marvel has made an unexpected announcement: Disney+ will get its first R-rated movie.
Logan and Deadpool Plan a Disney+ Date
Disney+ stated on its official Twitter account that three extremely popular Fox Marvel flicks, Deadpool, Deadpool 2, and Logan, would be available on the streaming site on Friday, July 22. Because all three films will be uncensored, the business advises parents to check their parental settings to ensure that the family’s watching scenario is what they desire.
Ryan Reynolds’ Deadpool elevated the Merc with a Mouth to the status of one of the most popular superheroes in the world.
Its sequel included Josh Brolin’s Cable, who also occurred to bring Thanos to life in the MCU, while Logan was Hugh Jackman’s last appearance as Wolverine while also introducing X-23.
An R-rated Announcement at an Inopportune Time
Making such a major announcement about Deadpool so close to Marvel Studios’ big day at SDCC is a strange decision by Disney. When it comes to Ryan Reynold’s fan-favorite character, it clearly reads as if it plans to make an announcement.
Despite warnings that there may not be many huge announcements during the presentation, a Deadpool 3 reference would suit SDCC more than D23, where the studio is apparently making a greater statement. Given that it is a more mature endeavor, sharing more information about it this weekend makes more sense than doing so during the more family-oriented event this September.
There’s no doubting that this decision is a huge message about Disney and Marvel’s comfort with marketing R-rated movies. Will these feelings survive the likes of Deadpool? Could projects like Blade or Daredevil be eligible for this new classification as well? Time will only tell.