Looks like the cat is finally out of the bag. It was never confirmed and just rumored, but it seems that Marvel Studios won’t be venturing into R-rated territory with its upcoming Black Widow film. Many rumors surfaced that they would head into that direction with Natasha Romanoff’s spy origins but it looks like we will have to wait a little bit longer until Marvel Studios tries out venturing beyond their usual PG-13 rating. In an interview, Kevin Feige clarified that there were never any plans to release it as R-rated.
“It never was going to be. Somebody writes, ‘I hear it’s R-rated!’ And then everybody writes it up.”
It is kind of amazing to think how far the film has come since the first talks were teased back in 2017 by Scarlet Johansson. Now, we are only a year away from its official release and while it is sad to see that we won’t be getting an R-rated film, they may still push the PG-13 rating to its limits. Also, it makes sense that they would stick to their usual ratings. Disney+ will release soon and they will try to push the upcoming streaming service through some of their largest films.
If they also expand the network with exclusive mini-series that may tie into the films, it would make sense for them to stick to the usual. As the Disney-Fox merger continues, we may still get a chance for them to explore R-rated projects with characters like Wolverine or Deadpool. Kevin Feige teased a release slate confirmation after Spider-Man: Far From Home so maybe they will also give us an insight into what we can expect from them moving beyond Phase 3.
What do you think? Will we ever get an R-rated Marvel Studios project?