I’m still pretty surprised how much of a box office smash Venom ended up being worldwide. Reviews from critics were poor, but fans were much kinder to Sony’s Spider-Man-less Venom movie, sending it through the roof.
Starring Tom Hardy as the titular symbiote creature and his host Eddie Brock, Venom reinvented the Marvel antihero’s origins, in the hopes of spawning Sony’s own movie universe of characters related to Spider-Man.
Since Venom is literally an inhuman monster that eats people, many fans were disappointed when his movie received a PG-13 rating. To that end, director Ruben Fleischer previously teased the possibility of an unrated cut.
Well, now that Venom sits at #5 on the list of highest-grossing 2018 films, it looks like Fleischer has changed his tune. In sad news for those who wanted a more violent cut, the director now doesn’t see the point in releasing one.
“I don’t feel the need at this point to release an unrated version, I feel like fans seem to really like the movie that we put out,” he tells LRM. While he’s not wrong, releasing an unrated cut would still serve to please many people.
While Hardy himself has endorsed the idea of an unrated cut – or at least an R-rated Venom sequel – the prospect doesn’t seem likely, as Sony producers have absolutely no motivation right now to make that happen. Sigh.