For about a decade now, superheroes and villains have ruled the box office, mostly thanks to the massively successful efforts of the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Of course, they aren’t the only ones in the game, as DC, Fox, and Sony continue to release comic book movies too.
A couple years back, Sony came to an agreement to share Spider-Man (which they own the film rights to) with Marvel Studios, leading Tom Holland’s version of the character to join the MCU. However, Sony held back Spider-Man’s signature villain, the symbiote Venom.
In just a few weeks, Venom’s first solo movie will be unleashed on audiences, starring Tom Hardy in the lead role. As comic book characters go, Venom is a favorite among horror fans, literally being a murderous, insane, alien with a mouthful of razor-sharp teeth.
Of course, Sony’s movie will cast Venom (along with his host, Eddie Brock) as an antihero, as opposed to a straight-up villain. Still, many had hoped that Sony would follow Fox’s Deadpool lead, and allow Venom to be an R-rated film full of violence, gore, and bad language.
Sadly, as Sony’s official site for Venom now confirms, the movie is rated PG-13. While most comic book movies do earn that rating, Venom is a character uniquely suited for the lack of strict limits on violent content that only an R-rating from the MPAA can provide.
All might not be lost though, as during a recent interview with Fandango, director Ruben Fleischer (Zombieland) was asked about the possibility of Venom getting an unrated cut on home video. While he didn’t confirm it was happening, he didn’t slam the door on it either.
“I wouldn’t rule anything out,” said Fleischer when asked. “We’ll have to see where it lands, I guess, but I wouldn’t rule anything out.” If another cut is a possibility, that means footage must have been cut from the film to earn it a PG-13. Here’s hoping it’s released.