Could Black Widow Movie Be Rated R? It’s a Strong “Could”
Based upon the latest rumors it seems the upcoming Black Widow movie could be getting an ‘R’ rating. This would make it the first MCU movie to receive that rating, as well as the first female superhero movie to restrict audiences. And I’m not saying that’s a bad thing; bring it on!
These rumors are coming about thanks to tweets from Charles Murphy.
Here's something I don't think I've ever talked about. When I first heard they were developing the Black Widow film, I also heard they were discussing whether or not to make it Marvel Studios first R-rated film.
— Charles Murphy (@CharlesMurphTHS) January 12, 2019
So it’s important to remember that nothing is official at the moment. The Black Widow movie still could be made at that accessible PG-13 rating. But of course, as long as a great team is behind it, then the rating should not really matter.
As of now what is known about the movie is that it will be directed by Cate Shortland. And it will also have a script written by Jac Schaeffer, with Scarlett Johansson returning as the character as well. With an expected release of 2020 (10 years since she took on the role) production could start as early as this year!
It would be cool to see Natasha Romanoff leave a John Wick-style trail of bodies behind her. It also would not be the first Marvel property to receive the mature rating. There, of course, was the success of Deadpool, and the appropriately-named sequel, Deadpool 2. But there is also the lesser known Punisher: War Zone which released in 2008.
It would still be interesting to see how they push the boundaries of the rating, if they choose to do so. Deadpool had obscene violence as well as really mature humor, thus making it deserving of the ‘R’ rating. With Black Widow they have the opportunity to for some nice action sequences as well as the opportunity to explore some mature themes. Such as what they started with her character in Age of Ultron but seemingly abandoned in the preceding movies.
But what do you all think of Black Widow possibly being ‘R’? How do you think those under a certain age will react to not being able to see the movie without a guardian? Or will being over the age of 18 make it not much of a concern for you? Either way, let us know down below!