In a move that should surprise no one at all, we’ve just learned from Kevin Feige that Marvel Studios has no plans on introducing an R-Rated movie into Marvel’s Cinematic Universe. With the style of films that have produced so far this news isn’t a shocker though I’m sure many fans of what Fox has done with ‘Deadpool‘ and ‘Logan‘ might have been hoping that we could see some darker content coming from the more mainstream Marvel.
Even though the studio no longer follows the “It’s All Connected” mantra I think we can all agree that Netflix is happily pushing the envelope of what you would expect from a Marvel Studios movie in most of their stories.
I honestly believe that it would feel out of place to see Marvel Studios doing this in a feature film, no matter how badly I’d love to see an R-Rated film centered around Black Widow, Nick Fury, The Winter Soldier, or The Thunderbolts. I’d have thrown Ghost Rider into the list as well but after he appeared on Marvel’s ‘Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.’ it is doubtful that a new attempt at a cinematic take on the character would ever see the light of day.
Still, both ‘Deadpool’ and ‘Logan’ have shown that there is a market for hard R-Rated films when done right, so the question had to be asked Here is what Kevin Feige said in a recent interview about these two films in particular:
“My takeaway from both of those films [Deadpool and Logan] 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.”
Specifically, he meant the meta fourth wall breaking that ‘Deadpool’ did and the darker ending and how we saw ‘Logan’ end up in the movie. He loves the creative storytelling but isn’t a fan of the rating. Specifically, he likes the way that the studio pushed the boundaries, but the added violence wasn’t what the heart and soul of the films were which kept viewers coming back for more.
Are you glad to hear that Marvel Studios plans on keeping their movies mostly family friendly going forward? Do you feel that any extra blood, violence, or swearing would actually improve things for those who are already swarming the box offices when the studio puts anything out? Share your thoughts below True Believers!
Stuart Conover is an author, blogger, and all around geek. When not busy being a father and husband he tries to spend as much time as possible immersed in comic books, science fiction, and horror! Would you like to know more? Follow him on Twitter!