Looks like Venom 2 might be receiving an R rating despite the first Venom film carrying a PG-13 rating. A PG-13 rating that allowed Venom to eat a dudes head off his shoulders.

It seems Producer, Matt Tolmach is possibly making adjustments to the sequel after the success of Joker.

I mean, I think you always have to think about [it], now that that works. Having said that, our movie worked really well. Our franchise exists as it is, and I don’t think anybody is looking to just say, ‘Hey, they [did it]!’ We have a place in the world. So it isn’t like suddenly everybody’s considering what to do with the rating. … I think what Joker does is it tells you that you can succeed. For a very long time, that was the narrative. And Deadpool sort of wrestled that to the turf, and then Logan, but for a long time, that was considered totally forbidden. … So you know, I think it’s the greatest thing in the world that R-rated movies are being embraced by massive audiences. And it just means that there are more opportunities for that kind of storytelling.

Deadpool started a trend of studio edgelords saying “make it rated R”. It’s something that worked for Deadpool due to the nature of that character, and worked again with with Joker due to the nature of the film. By all means, if a film calls for a certain R rating, then letting it occur organically benefits the material. However, haphazardly tacking on an R rating to create buzz looks bizarre and desperate.

I’m really hoping that the R rating is coming from a natural necessity and not a cash grab plea. Fans are smart and can tell the difference.

What do you guys think? Does Venom 2 need an R rating? Let us know in the comments section.