One of the big questions about the upcoming “Venom” film was answered the other week when the MPAA awarded it a PG-13 rating. The announcement wasn’t unexpected, but it was disappointing.
The film’s subject matter is tailor-made for an R, virtually all those involved suggested it was going for that, but the studio wants the possibility of a Spider-Man crossover down the line and doesn’t really get that without a PG-13 film.
Speaking with MTV this week, leading man Tom Hardy says the film’s rating is the question he gets asked about the most:
“Is it going to be R-Rated? That’s the big question and the answers been answered, isn’t it? (It’s a 15 in the UK) and it’s a PG-13 in the states, but to be fair the thing can fulcrum into R-Rated and fulcrum into youth or children.
My littlest ones, they watch Spider-Man and Venom quite comfortably and Venom toys appear and LEGO appear. So it’s not like they’re scared by him, and at the same time there’s a lot in the real estate that you can actually imbue with a complete sense of gratuitous ultra-violence if you really wanted to, and I think you’ve got the right people for that job if you want to push it, ’cause that’s where I’d love to go with it.”
Hardy adds he’s not worried if the Avengers never show up in subsequent films: “If not, we’re more than happy to stand alone. We have a Venom-verse and 900 characters to play with.”
The comments come as Sony Pictures and ESPN have released a new promo in which Venom auditions to be a new mascot for NFL alums Charles Woodson and Randy Moss. There’s also a featurette, a clip, and another TV spot with Riot coming to the fore. The film itself opens October 5th.