Fox has hit it big recently with their successful r-rated superhero movies in Deadpool and Logan. With their massive success, it’s obvious there would be those to try to copy the formula for a quick dollar (*cough* VENOM *cough*). Don’t expect it from the Marvel Cinematic Universe, however.
In an interview with The Hollywood Reporter, MCU mastermind/potential wizard Kevin Feige laid out why his Marvel movies would stick to PG-13:
“My takeaway from both of those films is not the R rating, it’s the risk they took, the chances they took, the creative boundaries that they pushed. That should be the takeaway for everyone.”
Looks like Feige gets it. Not that there was ever any chance of Marvel/Disney putting out superhero stuff meant solely for adults (they’ve got Netflix for that), but it’s nice to see that Kevin Feige realizes that forcing an r-rating onto a film that doesn’t necessarily need it is a fool’s gambit.
Need more proof? In the same interview, Feige also confirmed that Marvel wasn’t touching Sony’s Venom movie with a 10-foot-pole. Marvel isn’t involved with that project in any way, they’ve got their own plans for Spidey. Including appearing in Avengers 4, as if there was ever any doubt.
There’s a lot of interesting tidbits of information in the full interview, including giving Whedon his blessing for Batgirl and his thoughts on Josh Brolin playing Cable in Deadpool 2, that are definitely worth checking out. Only goes to show how far common sense will take you in Hollywood. If the competition is anything to go by, it’s something that is sorely lacking.