The news of Daredevil and Defenders arriving on Disney Plus after being removed from Netflix got Marvel fans excited to see their beloved shows on the streaming service, however, not all would agree to that perspective as a parents’ TV group got frustrated with these additions concerning the branding of the platform.
In a statement released by the Parents Television and Media Council, through their president, Tim Winter, they are frustrated with the arrival of Daredevil and Defenders on Disney Plus, "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."
Winter added, "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." Winter continued, "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?"
Daredevil and Defenders have television ratings that either need parental guidance or are not suitable for children. These shows are more violent that other releases of Marvel. With their arrival on Disney Plus, the range of shows available on the streaming service expands in terms of TV ratings, however, the concern of the PTC is that Disney branded itself to be family-friendly over the years, and the addition of these shows would lead to parents limiting their children’s access on the platform.
Yes, it would be a great addition to the whole roster of Marvel on Disney Plus and with Daredevil already in the MCU, along with the separate debut of Kingpin, there is hope for characters like Luke Cage, Jessica Jones, or Iron Fist to arrive in the MCU as well. With their shows now on Disney Plus, fans and followers would have the variety that they could be looking for.
The concern of PTC, though, is valid as well in the sense that the branding of Disney Plus has been the same over the years. While these shows do not follow the same vein as the television rating that most Disney Plus titles have, it remains in the discretion of the parents on what their children should be watching on whichever streaming platform there is.
Daredevil, The Defenders, Jessica Jones, Luke Cage, Iron Fist, and Agents of SHIELD will arrive on Disney Plus on March 16, 2022.