Venom's PG-13 Rating May Have Everything to Do With Spider-Man

Venom A Star Is Born

Venom A Star Is Born

In news that's disappointing, if not at all surprising, it's been confirmed that Sony's upcoming Venom movie will have a PG-13 rating.

Citing unnamed sources, Fandango's Erik Davis contends the studio sought to avoid the R rating in order to leave the door open to an eventual face-off between Venom and Spider-Man. That's not exactly the same as making an R-rated movie, but it would certainly be an added incentive for fans to pick the film up on home video. I could see that working, no prob.

Regarding why Venom is rated PG-13, it's thought because Sony wants to connect Venom to not only Spider-Man, but the MCU as well, including the Avengers.

This seems to suggest that Fleischer and Co. shot some scenes that could potentially shift over to R-rated territory, much like James Mangold did on The Wolverine.

Venom will serve as the cornerstone for Sony's so-called Spider-Verse, a long-planned shared cinematic universe that may eventually include such ancillary Spider-Man characters as Morbius the Living Vampire, Black Cat, Silver Sable and Kraven the Hunter, so there's also undoubtedly also some concern about ensuring the films can reach a wider audience. Variety has revealed that Venom is eyeing a $60 million to $65 million debut when it arrives on 5th October.

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