With Deadpool currently slaying the competition in movie theaters and breaking box-office records left and right (the film’s worldwide box-office gross has exceeded $621 million. Yay!), it seems that R-rated superhero movie projects are now all the rage.
Proof: Fox has recently announced that Wolverine 3 would get an R rating, since the movie starring Hugh Jackman as the Canadian mutant will be based on Old Man Logan; Warner Bros. will produce an R-rated director's cut of Zack Snyder's Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice for home release on Blu-ray; and Todd McFarlane has finished a script for a new R-rated Spawn movie.
But on the Marvel side, Disney CEO Bob Iger has shut down the possibility of any of their superhero movies getting an R rating. While responding to a shareholder comment about Deadpool, Iger said (via The Los Angeles Times): "We don’t have any plans to make R-rated Marvel movies."
Okay. That’s a bit of a bummer considering the movie rights to Blade, Ghost Rider and Punisher — three comic-book properties starring three of Marvel's most popular antiheroes (who are pretty darn violent, by the way) — have recently reverted back to Marvel.
Although both Ghost Rider movies were PG-13 (and sucked), all three Blade films were rated R and it worked beautifully for the sword-wielding vampire hunter. If Marvel decides to reboot the franchise, what will a PG-13 mean for the Daywalker’s future?
At least Marvel is willing to get down and dirty with its Netflix TV series, which currently includes Daredevil and Jessica Jones. You can't even begin to imagine how excited I am to see Frank Castle, aka the Punisher (Jon Bernthal), make his punishing debut in the Man Without Fear’s (Charlie Cox) second season come March 18.
Look, I'm not saying all future Marvel films should be rated R. Not at all! I'm perfectly happy with the movies within the MCU being PG-13, but I think Marvel should at least be open to more mature offerings depending on the franchise. What do you think?