The Disney+ video-on-demand platform has just added its first three films prohibited to minors to its catalog, thus moving a little further away from its family image. A parents’ association has stepped up.
In an announcement to coincide with San Diego Comic Con, Disney+ announced that Deadpool, Deadpool 2, and Logan will be available to stream on Disney+ starting July 22. These films are rated R, or Restricted, meaning minors (17 and under) must be accompanied by an adult. They are the first to arrive on the platform, and were added shortly after Disney+ removed two other films deemed too “adult” from its catalog.
Yet in an interview a few years ago with entertainment specialist Eric Vespe, Disney+ had claimed that all titles that will be released will be rated “PG-13” or less, that is to say that the films are not recommended for children under 13 years old. The Parents Television and Media Council (PTC) therefore did not fail to remind Disney of this, and condemned these additions.
Disney+ introduces the first films prohibited to minors on its platform
These additions mark the final stage ofa broader integration strategy at Disney which has been ongoing since the company purchased Fox’s entertainment assets in 2019, as Marvel Studios continues to put more and more heroes under its MCU umbrella.
The inclusion of these three films is accompanied by a reminder in the press release that parents can adjust their parental controls to help curate their family experience. Disney said that ” subscribers are encouraged to review their parental controls settings to ensure the most appropriate viewing experience for them and their families “. Children who are too young should not come across these films while browsing through the service’s catalog.
After Logan and Deadpool, we imagine that it is Jessica Jones, Luke Cage, Iron Fist, The Defenders or The Punisher who could arrive on Disney+. Rumors in 2020 even suggested that Disney was preparing to launch a Disney 18+ category.