Sony’s upcoming Venom movie is a pretty highly anticipated one, as many fans are wondering just how it’s going to turn out. Trailers have been pretty good, and many have hoped that it will be Rated R – like was initially hinted at. If you were one of those fans hoping for that, we have bad news for you.
Venom has officially been rated PG-13. Yep, that’s right. Sony’s film that was allegedly supposed to be a horror film in the vein of John Carpenter and David Cronenberg has gone the safe route – in order to potentially crossover with Spider-Man in the future. This was rumored last month, so it doesn’t come as a total shock, but is definitely a disappointment.
The initial rating was leaked on AMC, but has since been taken down, as you can see in the image below:
Here’s some fan reaction:
Disney has nothing invested in this Venom movie since it’ll never connect to the MCU.
Sony cares about money. While Deadpool & Logan proved R rated movies make money, Sony also knows that by allowing children = more money. So naturally, PG-13. As if the care about anything else.
— • (@moviepollz) September 13, 2018
We don’t know that, I think Disney wants Venom on the MCU, and would allow them with Venom as pg13, Disney would never do superhero movie R-Rated
— Symon Joestar (@symonjoestar) September 13, 2018
I agree with the article: R-rating does NOT equal a good movie. Having a film be ultra-violent and full of f#$* this and that for the sake of being “hardcore” is ridiculous. Venom needs to be GOOD, as stated in the article The Dark Knight pencil scene is perfect PG13 intense.
— Taisha (@SheNerdsOut) September 13, 2018
— Brian (@Scifislasher) September 13, 2018
Do people not realize how much violence you can still put in a pg13 rating? #Venom
— Christian Cottle (@dinokiller45) September 13, 2018
Early tracking numbers for the film’s box office predict that it’ll break records and make somewhere in the $50-70 million range opening weekend, and many will go see it regardless, but if it holds back in terms of the violence – many will always wonder what could have been had Sony not chosen profit over quality – though that’s not to say the movie won’t end up being good, we just have our doubts.