Disney Plus has been criticized by the Parents Television Council (PTC) over adding Marvel’s Netflix shows such as Daredevil.
Recently, it was announced that Marvel’s numerous Netflix Original series such as Daredevil, Jessica Jones, Luke Cage, Iron Fist, Defenders and The Punisher were all moving to Disney Plus. The shows, which were all cancelled by Netflix feature content that is more oriented to an adult audience, and will lead to the implementation of parental controls on the streaming service for the first time.
Although many fans expressed excitement over the additions of Daredevil, Jessica Jones and other Marvel Netflix series to Disney Plus, the PTC is not so fond of the decision, claiming that bringing such shows to the streaming service is against the company’s family friendly brand.
In an official statement from PTC President Tim Winter, the decision to bring Daredevil and other adult-oriented Marvel Netflix series to Disney Plus was criticized:
“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+ 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+ 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?
While we applaud Disney+ for improving their parental controls, the mere presence of MA- and R-rated content violates the trust of families, and may well turn them off entirely. There is no need for Disney+ 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.”
Either way, the addition of Netflix’s Daredevil, Jessica Jones, Luke Cage, Iron Fist, Defenders, and The Punisher will excite fans and ignite hopes for their return to the Marvel Cinematic Universe in the future. For parents concerned about the addition of the Netflix shows, parental controls will be offered.
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