By Stephen Ippolito | March 1st, 2022
Just hours after they left Netflix, Disney has announced that Daredevil, Jessica Jones, Luke Cage, Iron Fist, The Punisher, and The Defenders will arrive on Disney+ in the U.S. on March 16. In addition, they also announced that Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., which aired on ABC for seven seasons, will also be available to watch on the streamer.
The news is a groundbreaking moment for the streaming service as it will be the first time that content with a TV-MA rating will be available to watch in the United States. Because Disney likes to pride itself as a family-friendly company, they also announced changes to the service’s parental controls. Parents will be allowed to set rating restrictions for each profile and add PINs to lock profiles. While nothing is official, I can almost guarantee that these changes will lead to more Marvel mature content (Logan, Deadpool) coming to Disney+
In a statement, Disney’s President of Streaming Michael Paull talked about the show additions and the parental control changes.
“Disney+ has served as the home for some of the most beloved brands in the industry, and the addition of these live-action shows brings more from the Marvel brand together, all in one place, We have experienced great success with an expanded content offering on Disney+ across our global markets and are excited to continue that here in the U.S. as well by offering our consumers not only great content with the new Marvel additions, but also a set of features that help ensure a viewing experience most suitable for them and their family.”
The Marvel Television shows were never confirmed by Marvel Studios to be a part of the MCU throughout their run. However, the studio has recently begun to re-introduce a couple of the characters in what’s described as a “soft reboot”. Charlie Cox, who played Matt Murdock (AKA Daredevil), appeared briefly in Spider-Man: No Way Home, while Vincent D’Onofrio’s Kingpin appeared in the Hawkeye series.
So what do you think of the Netflix shows coming to Disney+? Do you hope that it leads to more mature Marvel content being released?