Marvel Studios Announces R-Rated Disney+ Historic Show
Disney added parental controls to its streaming service in March, allowing easier ways to restrict access to mature content for younger family members. It was a clear sign that Disney was shifting from allowing movies and shows PG-13 or lower to allowing companies to expand into developing R-rated content on Disney+.
Last year it was announced that Marvel Studios would be developing a Marvel Zombies animated series for Disney+. Many fans started to speculate that he would be connected to the What if…? episode of the same premise and whether the series would receive a more mature rating.
Well, the two finally found an answer at San Diego Comic-Con.
Marvel Zombies First R-Rated Show Marvel Studios
At the Marvel Studios Animation Panel at San Diego Comic-Con, it was confirmed that the next Marvel Zombies anime series would be rated TV-MA (the equivalent of TV’s R rating) with executives promising there would be a lot more gore.
This series also takes place in the same universe as the zombie universe appeared in What if…? and will include more zombified heroes and villains like Wanda Maximoff, Ghost, Hawkeye, Abomination, Captain Marvel, a legless Captain America, Ikaris, and more:
The new survivors of this zombie apocalypse are revealed to be Yelena, Kate Bishop, Jimmy Woo, Shang-Chi, Kamala Khan, Death Dealer, Red Guardian and Katy from Awkwafina:
The panel also showed the audience a biker gang of Skrulls at a gas station:
Former Black Widows have also been shown working together as a group to survive:
A zombified Ikaris was also shown, with the exposed circuitry of its eternal innards visible through:
Let the zombies talk!
The implications for Marvel Studios to make their next zombie-themed TV-MA series are huge, leaving the door wide open for other MCU projects to do the same – or even be properly R-rated.
This, in tandem with R-rated movies Deadpool, Deadpool 2 and Logan hitting Disney+, could signal that the company is growing more comfortable with the idea of projects aimed at different age groups. Dead Pool 3 It’s confirmed to keep its more mature rating for now, but perhaps future MCU projects could follow suit – the next one. daredevil series now receive a TV-MA rating? Only time will tell.
Since then Marvel Zombies will take place in the same zombified universe seen in What if…?, zombified heroes will no longer speak. Instead, they’ll continue to moan and act like typical zombies, losing the biggest hook of the original comics.
The biggest appeal of the original Marvel Zombies is that once transformed, the heroes kept their intelligence and a semblance of humanity. But unfortunately, the heroes were afflicted with an insatiable hunger for human flesh that would slowly turn them into the typical moaning undead.
Making the zombies talk would also have vastly improved the attempt at dark humor seen in the What if…? episode. In comics, it’s usually the zombies who use dark humor, while stories from the survivors’ perspective are played straight up.
Hopefully the quantum virus has evolved and all the zombified heroes will talk like in the comics.