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Disney removes scenes of graphic violence from The Falcon and the Winter Soldier

The changes appear to coincide with the platform’s updated parental controls

Anthony Mackie soaring into action as Sam Wilson, the new Captain America. Image: Marvel Studios

Two scenes of Disney Plus MCU television series The Falcon and the Winter Soldier appear to have been reedited to remove depictions of graphic violence.

The changes seem to coincide with the streaming platform’s new parental controls for R-rated and TV-MA content, which were updated March 15 following the addition of several Marvel television series that originally aired on Netflix, including Daredevil, Jessica Jones, Iron Fist, and Luke Cage.

Viewers online have cited two scenes in the third episode of The Falcon and the Winter Soldier, “Power Broker,” as evidence of these changes. The first features Helmut Zemo (Daniel Brühl) shooting Dr. Wilfred Nagel, a former Hydra scientist attempting to recreate the Super Soldier Serum. The original scene features a shot of Nagel’s body covered in blood with his eyes open, while in the revised scene currently on Disney Plus, no blood can be seen on Nagel’s body and his eyes are closed. These changes were first reported by The Direct’s Klein Felt, who included a comparison photo of the former scene in question.

The latter scene features Bucky Barnes (Sebastian Stan) using a pipe to defend himself before throwing it at an assailant firing at him with a gun. In the original scene, the pipe spears the assailant’s soldier and pins them to a shipping container behind them, while in the now-revised scene, the pipe bounces off of the assailant’s shoulder and they slump against the container. YouTuber Thomas Nute has posted a comparison video of the changes between the original scene and the revised scene on Disney Plus, and Polygon has checked the scenes in question on Disney Plus to confirm these changes.

As Disney Plus continues to grow, the addition of new content outside of the company’s otherwise family-friendly tone may be subject to retroactive changes like these in the future. The Falcon and the Winter Soldier is rated TV-14 for language and violence.

Update: Polygon has learned that the changes to The Falcon and The Winter Soldier on Disney Plus were due to a version control issue and that the revised scenes in question were published accidentally. The issue is reportedly being corrected, though the revised scenes remain as of this writing.

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