With Disney’s deal with Netflix ending the six series developed using the Marvel characters Daredevil, Jessica Jones, Luke Cage, Iron Fist, Punisher and The Defenders, all exited the streaming platform. But now a number of those shows have been moved over to Disney Plus under the Marvel section.
Now fans of those shows can once again enjoy the more dark and gritty take on the more ground level heroes. But apparently this decision to release these more R-Rated shows on a platform aimed at families has somewhat backfired, at least from one notable concerned parents organization.
The Parents TV Council (PTC) recently voiced their disapproval of these shows being streamed on the more child friendly streaming site. Tim Winter, President of the PTC. made the following statement:
“For more than 98 years, the Walt Disney Company has been synonymous with the words Family Friendly, and I can think of no other corporation in American history that has been built more squarely on the backs, and on the wallets, of parents and families.”
“The company’s eponymous platform Disney Plus logically marketed itself as a family-friendly streaming service, and parents have placed their trust in Disney to deliver just that.“
“It seems wildly ‘off-brand’ for Disney Plus to add TV-MA and R-rated programming to this platform, ostensibly to increase subscription revenue. So what comes next, adding live striptease performances in Fantasyland at Disney World?“
A spokesperson from the PTC added:
“There is no need for Disney Plus to compete with the explicit content on other streaming platforms. Disney is already at a competitive advantage with a streaming platform that is the safest one out there for families. Its foray into TV-MA-rated fare will forever tarnish its family friendly crown.“
With the Marvel Cinematic Universe largely being targeted not only at the young adult movie fan but also the 8 – 12 year old demographic it can clearly be understandable for a parent to be concerned when a show based on these characters has blood, profanity and explicit sexual sequences.
Perhaps Disney should have released these shows on Hulu since that’s where a majority of their more adult oriented catalogue is located. Imagine of they put Alien or Predator on there. Parents would definitely throw a fit.
Do you think they are justified in their outrage? Should Disney have released these shows on Hulu instead of Disney Plus?
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