Sony Pictures is getting ready to unleash the Venom movie in just three weeks on October 5 and the comic book adaptation has been in the news a lot over the last few days. We’ll start with the Venom rating, which some fans were hoping would be an R with the success of such recent films as Logan and Deadpool 2. Instead, the film has officially received an MPAA rating of PG-13 “for intense sequences of sci-fi violence and action, and for language.”
Erik Davis from Fandango possibly has more on why they went for that Venom rating:
#Venom is officially rated PG-13. Hearing from studio sources the reason is so that Venom and Spider-Man can face off at some point down the line. If the movie is R, it’s hard to do that. pic.twitter.com/dBZzgY18k3
— Erik Davis (@ErikDavis) September 13, 2018
Davis also talked to director Ruben Fleischer, who says he hasn’t ruled out an unrated version down the road. “I wouldn’t rule anything out. We’ll have to see where it lands, I guess, but I wouldn’t rule anything out.” He also says you should probably stay through the credits! “I think it would be a mistake of any superhero movie not to stay through the credits.”
In related news, a custom edition Venom comic book launched today on the Marvel website! You can read the comic by clicking here.
And the first box office tracking for Venom shows that the movie could take in more than $65 million at the North American box office its first weekend. That would be enough to break the previous best October opening of all time, Gravity‘s $55.8 million from 2013. That movie was 91 minutes long, while Venom is 112 minutes long.
One of Marvel’s most enigmatic, complex and badass characters comes to the big screen, starring Academy Award-nominated actor Tom Hardy as the lethal protector Venom. The movie also stars Michelle Williams, Riz Ahmed, Scott Haze, and Reid Scott.
The screenplay was written by Jeff Pinkner & Scott Rosenberg and Kelly Marcel. Venom was produced by Avi Arad, Matt Tolmach, and Amy Pascal. The executive producers were David Householter, Stan Lee, Kelly Marcel, and Tom Hardy.