The Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) has been one of the most successful franchises in recent history. Starting with Iron Man way back in 2008, the MCU had continued to grow to help birth the current age of superhero films. Sure, we love the characters and their heroics, but the MCU films also have had a wide reach with their audience. That is mostly due to the fact that all MCU films have had the family-friendly PG-13 Rating. While the Netflix Marvel Television shows have toes the line with Luke Cage and Jessica Jones doing the nasty and the constant barrage of the N-word on Luke Cage, they are still relatively tame compared to anything Tarantino would ever put out. Marvel Studios has played it safe with their 15 films by having them all be PG-13.
With the success of Fox’s Deadpool and Logan, fans and critics have noticed that superhero films can also have an R-Rating and still be critical and commercial successes. Studios now know that there is an appetite for more mature superhero movies. Fox’s New Mutants is going to be an R-Rated horror film, Deadpool 2 is also coming out, Sony’s Venom movie currently in development, as well as an X-Force movie in development. But what about Marvel Studios? Would they be interested in stepping out and taking a risk on an R-Rated film?
Marvel Studios Head Kevin Feige recently got on Facebook Live where he talked about the possibility of an R-Rated MCU film.
“Not currently planning (R-rated movies), no, but it’s not out of the question. When I started at Marvel 17 years ago, the Blade franchise was doing very well. A lot of people didn’t even know it was based on a Marvel character, because at the time, they sort of hid the fact that it was a Marvel character. So, not out of the question, but not something we’re working on right now.”
Does this give a glimmer of hope for you? There are some characters in the MCU that an R-Rating would be perfect for. Ghost Rider (or even Midnight Sons), Blade, Thunderbolts, World War Hulk, Moon Knight, and countless others could use an R-Rated adaptation. Time will tell if the MCU takes the risk for an R-Rating.