Despite Successes Like ‘Logan’ and ‘Deadpool’ Marvel Will Steer Clear Of R-Rated Films
Speaking with The Hollywood Reporter yesterday, Marvel Studios President Kevin Feige says they have no plans to make R-Rated films. Even with the recent success of Logan and Deadpool, the Disney-owned company will focus on making family friendly pictures for all audiences.
Here’s what Feige told THR:
“My takeaway from both of those films is not the R rating, it’s the risk they took, the chances they took, the creative boundaries that they pushed. That should be the takeaway for everyone.”
While I can agree with him halfway, Deadpool would not have been the same movie without the content that made it R-Rated. However, Logan probably could have been PG-13 but I think the film would have suffered in quality. The brutality that the film captures is really one of the finest things about the final Wolverine story featuring Hugh Jackman. The emotional and physical pain the character endures just wouldn’t have the same impact without the blood soaked shirts and open wounds.
That being said, Marvel has their own personal style and it’s working. So why flip the script? They still have a wide variety of options in their vast library. Meanwhile, 20th Century Fox needed to breathe some new life into the X-Men franchise to keep it fresh. Marvel making an R-Rated film for the sake of it would just be fan service at this point. Focus on an entertaining story and characters and the film should be great.
Let Sony make the R-Rated Venom movie for the sake of it first, and see how that pans out.