Marvel Studios Allegedly Developing Multiple R-Rated Shows (Rumor)

By Richard Nebens Updated:
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For the first time in its long history, Marvel Studios is finally on the verge of bringing its first R-rated content over the coming years. Not only will Deadpool 3 be the MCU's inaugural R-rated big-screen adventure in 2024, but the franchise will add its first mature content on Disney+ even before the Merc with a Mouth makes his long-awaited arrival.

That R-rated Disney+ property will come in the form of Marvel Zombies, which was first announced at Disney+ Day 2021 and is still in the early stages of development for the MCU. While story details are still under wraps, it will spin off from the zombie-centric fifth episode of 2021's What If...?, in which zombies took over the world after Hank Pym's excursion to the Quantum Realm.

But following Marvel Zombies' debut on Disney+ in the coming years, it appears that the animated project is far from the last time fans will see such a level of violence and mature content.

More R-Rated Content Coming to Disney+

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Noted superhero scooper @MyTimeToShineH shared that Marvel is in the process of developing more TV-MA projects to release on Disney+ (TV-MA is the R-rated equivalent for television content).

"Marvel developing multiple TV-MA projects for Disney+ now"

Thus far, the only TV-MA project in development for Marvel Studios on Disney+ is Marvel Zombies.

When Will R-Rated Content Stream on Disney+?

Through the first 14 years of its existence, the MCU has operated exclusively under a PG-13 rating, which has been lamented by many fans hoping for more intense action. That appears to be on its way to changing on the Disney+ side of things, even if the Deadpool movies are likely to be the only R-rated properties on the big screen.

The big question now is what exactly these R-rated shows will be after Marvel Zombies takes the spotlight, especially with no release date set yet for this one-of-a-kind property.

Many are hoping that the Defenders' return will get that ever-coveted TV-MA rating after holding the same on Netflix, although this could also mean that other animated properties will take on more mature material, as well. There are also a few other announced and unannounced projects that could be great opportunities to take on a more mature tone.

Meng'er Zhang's upcoming Ten Rings-centric project could allow her to tackle the brutality and darkness that comes with leading such a mysterious organization, especially after seeing the power she displayed against her own brother, Shang-Chi, and their enemies. Fans are also hoping to see more X-Force content with the team being formed for a moment in Deadpool 2, and with Deadpool 3 being the MCU's first R-rated movie, that team should have their own shot at a more mature storyline.

 But with the Multiverse Saga already becoming jam-packed with projects, only time will tell when the franchise will truly move further into mature content.

- About The Author: Richard Nebens
Richard Nebens joined The Direct in March 2020, now serving as the site's Senior Writer and also working as an assistant editor and content creator. He started his journalism career as a hobby in 2019 and is passionate about sharing news and stories from the entertainment industry, especially comic book movies, comedy, and sci-fi. Richard looks to expand his knowledge about movies and TV every day, and he is eager to stay locked into the latest releases and breaking news at every opportunity.