When you think of Disney movies and television shows, you usually think of family-friendly entertainment, with films like Encanto, Cinderella, The Little Mermaid, Cars, and dozens more. While those types of movies make up the core of Disney’s streaming service, Disney+, there are many other films and television shows that cater to an older audience. That is because Disney has purchased both LucasFilm and Marvel Entertainment, which cater primarily to older children, teenagers, and adults of all ages.
Disney has owned Marvel Entertainment since 2009, but they did not own the rights to all the characters that Marvel Comics had created. Because of that, other studios like Netflix were able to create shows and movies around certain Marvel characters and did not have to feel the constraints that a more family-friendly company like Disney may have. Netflix created several successful Marvel shows, including Jessica Jones, The Punisher, and Luke Cage. Other studios, like 20th Century Fox, were responsible for hit movies like Deadpool, and Deadpool 2 — both starring Ryan Reynolds as Wade Wilson — and Logan, starring Hugh Jackman.
Disney purchased Fox in 2019, which meant that it then had the rights to all of Fox’s content, including Deadpool and Logan, which are both rated R — meaning children under 17 needed an accompanying adult to see them in the theaters. Now, it seems that both Deadpool films and Logan will soon be streaming on Disney+, marking the first time R-rated movies have been available.
We previously reported that Disney was considering adding more adult content to the platform when subscriber numbers began to stymie. That consideration was turned into reality when Jessica Jones, Luke Cage, Iron First, The Defenders, and The Punisher all left Netflix and came to Disney+. All of those series are rated TV-MA, meaning that it is meant only for a mature audience.
Deadpool, Deadpool 2, and Logan will all be available to stream on Disney+ beginning July 22. Disney released a statement after the announcement, saying that parents and subscribers “are invited to revisit their parental controls settings to ensure a viewing experience most suitable for them and their family.” You can adjust the parental control settings by clicking on each Disney+ profile, scrolling to “Content Rating” and changing that. Parents can also set a PIN for each profile, meaning certain content can only be accessed by entering a PIN.