Disney+ is in for big changes!
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Charlie Cox returned to the role of Matt Murdock in Spider-Man: No Way Home, and now he’s on his way to Disney+. Along with the all of the entries of what some are calling the DefenderVerse — i.e. all of Marvel’s Netflix series — all three seasons of Dardevil are on their way to Disney+. And wow, what a coincidence: at the same time, the streamer is introducing new parental controls.
As reported by Comic Book, the Charlie Cox Daredevil series is scheduled to show up on Disney+ on Wednesday, March 16. This will be the case for all subscribers in New Zealand, the United Kingdom, Australia, Ireland, Canada, and the United States. Daredevil will be joined by Jessica Jones, Luke Cage, Iron Fist, The Defenders, and The Punisher. According to Comic Book’s report, in spite of the more graphic violence, sex, and language in those series, they will land on the streamer unedited.
So it’s likely no mistake that Disney+ is adding new parental controls at the same time Charlie Cox and the other DefenderVerse series find their new streaming home. The shows certainly aren’t gore-fests, but the violence and overall tone of the series are a breed apart from what general MCU fans may be used to. For example, a prison scene in season 2 of Daredevil — with Frank Castle aka the Punisher (Jon Bernthal) targeted by a group of prisoners — is bloodier and more graphic than arguably anything in the Marvel Studios films.
But perhaps more important than the violence — after all, Loki’s death scene in Avengers: Infinity War isn’t particularly easy to watch — are the more adult themes explored in the Charlie Cox Daredevil series and the other DefenderVerse shows. Krysten Ritter’s acclaimed portrayal of the hero of Jessica Jones is the most obvious example of something parents might be a little hesitant about exposing their children to. Jones is a survivor of sexual assault, suffers from PTSD, and is an unapologetic alcoholic. The villain of Jessica Jones‘ first season, David Tenant’s Kilgrave, is a serial rapist and murderer.
To help parents control whether or not their children can view the more mature content like the Charlie Cox Daredevil series, Disney+ will introduce the new parental controls the same day the DefenderVerse series begin streaming. When users log on to Disney+ on March 16, they will reportedly be asked to update their content settings to either allow for or restrict TV-MA content. If parents choose, they can set specific profiles on their account to be restricted to certain content. They can also add PINs necessary for logging in to individual profiles.
It’s likely the series helmed by Charlie Cox isn’t the only reason Disney+ is beefing up its parental controls mid-March. A couple of weeks later, Oscar Isaac’s Moon Knight will premiere on the streamer, and just from the various marketing for the show it’s clear it will include a much darker tone than previous MCU entries. In a February interview with Empire, Marvel Studios president Kevin Feige confirmed that Moon Knight would be a much more “brutal” hero than MCU audiences are used to.