Three weeks away from release, ‘Avengers: Endgame’ has been submitted to the Motion Picture Association of America for a rating and, as was anticipated, it has come back with a rating of PG-13, which is the same rating that every Marvel Studios picture has bore. The reason given is “sequences of sci-fi violence and action and some language.”
Just for comparison, ‘Avengers: Infinity War’ also received a PG-13 rating, but for the protracted reason of “Intense sequences of sci-fi violence and action throughout, language and some crude references.” Presumably, Star-Lord flipping Thanos the bird is a “crude reference.”
But one thing that may be taken away from the difference between the two movies based strictly on the explanations is that ‘Endgame’ will not be as action-packed, as it is missing the descriptor “throughout.” ‘Infinity War’ kicked off with the destruction aboard the Asgardian vessel carrying Thor, and other refugees, and included the deaths of Heimdal and Loki. The action rarely lets up as the heroes clashed with Thanos and his forces in various locations on Earth and in outer space.
After such a wall-to-wall slugfest, it sounds as though ‘Endgame’ will take a beat or two for viewers and the characters to catch their breath. That’s already been teased in the somber trailers as it looks as though the world has been plunged into mass mourning for those that were lost when Thanos snapped his fingers. And whatever plan the heroes concoct to rectify the situation, will likely require more stealth than fisticuffs.
Back to the issue of ratings, the first ‘Avengers’ almost received an R-rating from the MPAA, due to Coulson’s death, but it eventually relented and lowered that to a PG-13. Can you imagine, if kids would have been barred from seeing that pivotal movie? The could have killed the momentum for the entire brand!
Luckily that didn’t happen and now we all have ‘Avengers: Endgame’ to look forward to when it arrives on April 26.
Source: Comic Book Movie