Because of the coronavirus, San Diego Comic-Con 2020 and 2021 have been held just about. This, 12 months, every part was lastly again in individual, and it was undoubtedly definitely worth the multi-year wait. Tons of various franchises made all types of bulletins, and trailers have been dropping sooner than the MCU’s Loki making an attempt to carry up Mjolnir.
Among the various Marvel titles introduced on the occasion was Spider-Man: Freshman Year, which obtained a 2024 launch date. However, the reveal that stood out essentially the most was the Marvel Zombies announcement. The factor that everybody took observe of, although, was its TV-MA ranking. Naturally, the mature ranking prompted some followers to cheer and others to name foul, and there is in all probability not an accurate reply to the controversy. Regardless, one factor is for positive: the mature content material debate is about to begin within the Star Wars franchise.
The debate about Marvel utilizing Disney+ to air mature content material is legitimate on each side. Some content material is simply higher when it would not have to stick to a rankings restrict. On the opposite hand, loads of dad and mom don’t need their youngsters uncovered to sure issues, and rightly so. After all, mature content material is rated TV-MA for a purpose. However, Disney+ has added parental management options to attempt to accommodate these issues. So, regardless of some followers’ objections, mature content material might be obtainable on the streaming platform.
Unlike the Marvel Cinematic Universe, which merely units out to inform good tales, Star Wars has a little bit of an agenda — and that is not essentially a nasty factor. Back when George Lucas was creating Star Wars, he did it with the aim of influencing youngsters to make good choices and have good values, like a contemporary mythology. Lucas reiterated that function, when he spoke on the 2017 Star Wars Celebration. Via Polygon, he mentioned, “Friendships, honestly, trust, doing the right thing, living on the right side and avoiding the dark side. Those are the things it was meant to do.”
While the MCU is likely to be inclined to launch mature content material to higher accommodate its characters (like The Defenders), that would not match Star Wars‘ marching orders. Namely, if one thing is just too mature for kids to observe, there isn’t any means that it might be affect on them. So, to this point, Star Wars has strayed away from something too mature on display.
George Lucas is probably not straight in cost anymore, however his values are nonetheless in place. Lucasfilm President Kathleen Kennedy just lately made that clear. While discussing rewrites on the Obi-Wan Kenobi scripts, Kennedy mentioned, “We’re looking, ultimately, to make a hopeful, uplifting story. And it’s tricky when you’re starting with a character in the state that Obi-Wan would be in coming off of Revenge of the Sith.” In the remainder of her assertion, Kennedy made it clear that she wished to make sure that the Kenobi collection did homage to the Dark Times with out portray an image that was too bleak. Hope needed to be the collection’ ending level.
While it might be cool (and doubtless financially worthwhile) for Star Wars to enter the universe of mature content material, to date it has stayed true to its roots. It’s for everybody, however it’s meant for kids — and throwing that out of the airlock for the sake of revenue simply would not be proper. Especially on Disney+, there should not be something hiding behind parental controls. Everything ought to be for everybody to get pleasure from.