While everyone and their father’s brother’s nephew’s cousin’s former roommate on the Internet are predicting a huge wave of “R” rated superhero movies after the colossal success of FOX‘s Deadpool, Disney‘s head honcho Bob Iger quietly shut down all speculation that any “R” rated superhero movies might be coming out of Marvel Studios anytime soon.
Marvel has had “R” rated movies in the past, the Blade series did quite well until it went off the tracks with Blade: Trinity, but aside from Deadpool there just haven’t been and big screen “R” rated adaptations since Man-Thing in 2005 and that movie wasn’t even bad enough to be campy, it was just bad.
Marvel Studio’s other movies since the resurgence starting with Iron Man in 2008 have all been PG-13 and Disney is not one to mess with what works… neither is Marvel Studios. Marvel Studios has a long-range plan and they are sticking to the (Kevin Feige) plan. That makes Iger’s statement expected and not a surprise to those watching Marvel Studios and Disney’s long-range plans closely.
Answering a recent investor’s question about the possibility of “R” rated Marvel movies Iger said:
We don’t have any plans to make R-rated Marvel movies.
That doesn’t mean we won’t see some Marvel characters in “R” rated movies. FOX has Wolverine 3 in the pipeline and it is going to be “R” rated, along with the Deadpool sequel which should continue the trend. One would doubt that SONY would do an “R” rated Spider-Man, which would leave only an “R” rated Venom movie if SONY wanted to pursue that which is very unlikely.
What Marvel is doing is taking their more adult content to the small screen with Netflix. Daredevil and Jessica Jones were both fantastic and quite adult in content. Luke Cage, Iron Fist and the second seasons of DD and JJ look to continue that trend. Depending on the success and reception of the Punisher in Daredevil season two, the character might just spin-off into his own Netflix series.
Who knows what other Marvel characters might get the chance to go a little blue on Netflix after the Defenders movie hits the big screen. Marvel has a selection of great horror characters, Blade, Werewolf at Night, Ghostrider, Daimon Hellstrom the Son of Satan and others to pull from, but if you’re hoping for an “R” rated Captain America or Iron Man movie, that’s not gonna happen.