Sony’s hopes for its very own Marvel cinematic universe ride on its launch film “Venom” starring Tom Hardy which is currently set for an October release.
Now, just two months out, the studio has decided to maximize the box office potential of the film and to attempt to ensure a future that could blend with Marvel’s cinematic universe. What does that mean? Variety reports that Sony has changed gears slightly and is now very much planning to release the film as a PG-13 feature.
The trade reports Sony is concerned that an R-rated “Venom” could limit the film’s potential far too much – not just in terms of money, but also in their blossoming relationship with Disney/Marvel Studios and so in order to leave the door open for an eventual MCU character appearance, “Venom” can’t possibly sport anything above a PG-13 rating.
In fact, the studio is hoping for more than just a Tom Holland as Spider-Man cameo – they reportedly really want some Avengers in their films. This marks a big change from the company line before now with the film’s director Ruben Fleischer said the film was definitely R-rated with Venom being “definitely a darker, more violent, more vicious Marvel character than I think anyone’s ever seen before”.
In fact he told Comicbook.com: “In the comics, he bites people’s heads off and eats brains. It would be weird to make a movie with Venom if he wasn’t doing that.”