The Fox X-Men films have finally started to drop on Disney+, including 2014’s X-Men: Days of Future Past. Fans wondered if the movie would make it to the streaming service uncensored. It has not only an f-bomb (uttered by one Charles Xavier) but also contains one of the franchise’s only brief moment of on-screen nudity. For just a couple of seconds, we see Hugh Jackman’s bare bottom, right after he transfers his mind into his younger body in the ’70s. Up until now, Disney+ has been stressing they are a “family friendly” service. That means showing nothing parents would feel uncomfortable letting their little ones see.
According to Variety however, Jackman’s well-toned rear end did not get edited out for the Disney+ version. Jackman even commented on this fact on Instagram (see above). The reason it’s surprising is because of change to a different movie earlier this year. Disney edited out actress Daryl Hannah’s bare bottom with digitally elongated hair in the movie Splash. That movie was PG, and not PG-13, but the briefest flash of skin as Hannah dives into the ocean was considered too racy for America’s children. Disney also edited two f-bombs out of Hamilton so it could get a PG-13 rating. That rating makes it Disney+ safe.
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So why did X-Men get a pass? It seems like an enormous double standard, as if saying female nudity is automatically sexual, but male nudity is not. Although a few people thought Jackman’s butt falls into “funny naked” and not “sexy naked.” (Note: Nerdist has reached out to Disney about this matter, but we have not received a statement). As for the f-bomb, it’s one of the few movies on the service to contain that particular swear word. Films can be PG-13 with a single instance of f**k, but Disney has gone out of their way to make sure the streaming service is “safe for kids.”
At least two other X-Men films have characters uttering the f-word, X-Men: First Class and X-Men: Apocalypse. It would be funny if, at the end of the day, the nudity and swearing on the streaming service came from Marvel’s Merry Mutants. But even given all this, do not hold your breath for the R-rated Deadpool movies to show up on the streamer. Like, ever. That’s just a bridge too far. Even though Ryan Reynolds‘ joked “he’s excited for them to do the same for Deadpool. It’s time children knew.” We can’t imagine it will ever happen.
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