Sony has a lot to prove with its upcoming Venom movie. For starters, it needs to shake off the public perception of it mishandling the #SpiderMan character. And secondly, to create a brand new franchise. Those are some pretty ambitious goals. Fortunately for the studio, the beloved titular character is full of potential to achieve them.
Naturally, a good vehicle to represent all the awesomeness that he can bring to the life-action superhero genre is needed. And judging from everything we've heard so far about the project, that's just what the iconic villain is getting.
Recently, we learned the movie would contain horror elements, which undoubtedly got us excited. If you liked that, then you'll certainly like this:
Venom May End Up Being Rated "R"
Collider is reporting that #SonyPictures is looking to make #Venom its first R-rated superhero venture to kick off its own cinematic universe separate from Spider-Man. Now, the site stresses this plan could change as the movie gets further in development, but that's to be expected for a film that's gone through several revisions since its inception.
As with any unconfirmed rumor, we should take this with a grain of salt. But looking at Sony's desire to create a shared universe that's able to compete with the likes of Fox, Warner Bros. and—to some extent—Marvel Studios, such a move that represents an opportunity to stand out seems very plausible.
Plus, it would further separate the film from Spider-Man and the #MCU. Because Sony associating the usually kid-friendly Spidey with a psychopathic murdering machine from space does not seem very likely. But that tells us something...
Venom Is The Perfect Character For An R-Rating
An R rating is a very tricky aspect to add to any given movie, especially for #comicbook adaptations. With one wrong move, the project can feel like a desperate attempt to follow a trend and please fans of more adult explorations of certain characters.
With that kind of unstable scenario, a character whose characteristics lend themselves to represent that rating, someone that will be able to make the mature aspects feel natural to its essence, is a must. That extreme individual, my fellow nerds, is Venom. The parasitic life-form has some of the most twisted storylines I've seen in comic books and a mature rating would allow its sadistic essence to fully shine without any restraints.
An R rating and the #horror genre are already a match made in movie heaven. Add to that strange mix the frightening nature of the main character, and we have a pretty cool superhero movie in our hands.
Movies like Logan and Deadpool have shown us just how a mature rating can help filmmakers and audiences explore a character to its fullest potential (again, if the spirit of that character lends itself to that treatment). In this case, Venom needs that freedom to really show us what he's capable of, both story and character-wise.
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We can't deny what a a great addition the mature rating would be, not only for the previously-mentioned liberty for the story, but also for Sony. R-rated #superhero movies are a hit right now, and a film set in the Spider-Man universe—but not related to the MCU's Spidey—with that treatment will undoubtedly translate into very positive box office numbers for the studio
Of course, it's still too early to judge how the film will eventually turn out or how it will take advantage of its peculiar elements. But so far, Venom looks like a very promising start to an innovative and exciting franchise. The villain will come to terrify us on October 5, 2018, so get ready.
Are you happy with 'Venom' possibly having an R-rating?