Disney+ is expanding its Marvel film collection with the additions of Deadpool, Deadpool 2, and Logan. All three films are available to stream in the U.S. starting today, July 22. This marks a major milestone for Disney+ as these are the first R-rated movies to be featured on the platform.
They arrive just a few months after Disney+ acquired Netflix's former Marvel series Daredevil, Jessica Jones, The Punisher, Luke Cage, Iron Fist, and The Defenders. With the addition of these more mature Marvel series and movies, the formerly family-friendly service has had to tighten its parental control settings.
Deadpool, Deadpool 2, and Logan are all former 20th Century Fox properties and some of the studio's most successful Marvel movies. Deadpool was released in 2016 and stars Ryan Reynolds as Wade Wilson, the titular Merc with a Mouth. The film went on to gross $783.1 million, prompting a sequel that was released in 2018 and performed even better with $785.8 million.
Logan was Fox's tenth film in the X-Men series and the third and final installment in the Wolverine trilogy. It was also Hugh Jackman's swan song as the titular character. Logan earned $619.2 million at the box office and was nominated for Best Screenplay at the Oscars.
Reynolds responded to the announcement with the following Tweet.
Disney+ is slowly but surely becoming the sole streaming platform for all things Marvel, and the addition of these former Fox and Netflix properties makes it even easier for fans to access their favorite Marvel movies and shows without having to subscribe to all the different services. But beyond the organization and simplicity, it's even more exciting to speculate what this could mean for the future of the franchise, especially as it pertains to Deadpool and the X-Men within the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
With Marvel's highly anticipated Hall H Panel at San Diego Comic-Con 2022 set for Saturday, it's especially interesting that Disney+ would add these three movies to its platform today. Ms. Marvel already set the stage, but could Marvel Studios be gearing up for some big mutant-related announcements this weekend?