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The Falcon and the Winter Soldier Rated 16+

by | Feb 12, 2021

The Mouse Empire is on roll, churning out quality content for its lucrative Disney+ which currently has 95 million subscribers. Mickey has developed a devout following that consumes whatever the Disney overlords produce. So, to further its ambition to win the streaming wars, Mickey and friends are giving the fans what they want-more violence.

With the highly successful R-rated “Deadpool” franchise and “Logan,” it is no surprise Marvel is in pursuit of another edgy series upon which fans can binge, feasting on bashing bravados against CGI backdrops. This darker tone from Marvel is on par with Netflix’s “Daredevil,” “Jessica Jones” and “Luke Cage” series’ which have adult themes that leave the audience craving more. It was recently revealed the film, “The Falcon and the Winter Soldier” has earned a TV rating of 16+ which is a bold new direction for the MCU.

Math Erao writes that the Dutch film and television rating board, Kijkwijzer, rated the “The Falcon and the Winter Soldier” 16+ citing “violence” and “coarse language” as rationale for the mature rating. Earo implies this tone resembles the Marvel shows released on Netflix. The intense fight sequences and adult themes presented in “Daredevil,” “Jessica Jones” and “Luke Cage” can be expected from the upcoming Disney+ show. Furthermore, Earo states the 16+ rating is like a soft TV-MA which makes this the “most mature rated Marvel Studios property.”

According to Erao, all other properties carry a 12+ rating. When the 2003 film “Daredevil” was released, it received a PG-13 rating for its “heavy use of violence” which remains true to the original comics. Fast forward to the now Disney-owned Marvel and this brutality and bloodshed is highly frowned upon. Erao suggests that “fans have yet to see a movie display a similar amount of violence (to “Daredevil).” Interestingly, the recent Disney+ “Wanda Vision” series initially received a TV-PG rating.

However, by the fourth episode, the tone shifted toward a heavier narrative ultimately giving it a mild TV-14 rating. All the films currently in the MCU are rated PG-13. Naturally, there are going to be some elements not suitable for younglings. Excitingly, this tidbit of news proves “The Falcon and the Winter Soldier” will increase MCU’s ferocity cred.

It is also apparent that the ‘Merc with the mouth’ Deadpool is getting a hard R rating for its third installment. This seems to confirm that Disney is allowing its “non-family-friendly” catalog of titles to emerge from darkness into the light of day. While the Mouse Empire does keep a tight lid on what’s going on behind the scenes, rumor has it that there might soon be an adult section of Disney+. Similarly, long running shows like “It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia,” are now under the Mouse umbrella, so it seems that Mickey is fine with streaming mature titles. Looks like Disney is ready to tickle that adult demographic with mechanical wings and a fake robot arm. Watch “The Falcon and the Winter Soldier” fly into your living room when it premieres March 19th on Disney+.