‘Venom’ Will Be Rated-R with “Hilt” Violence Despite Studio Cowardice

Ever since the first trailer of the anti-hero symbiote was released, nerds have been clamoring for one of the rarest forms of cinematic expression to touch upon a comic book movie — an R rating.

This thing eats people to sustain his protein-only diet, slashes his enemies like a wild Ginzu knife wizard, and has been known to lose his host while that thing goes out on the town to do unspeakable acts of carnage. (See what I did there?)

Of course, Venom would carry the R rating like a badge of honor. No more milquetoast symbiotes for us (we’re talking to you Spider-Man 3).

venom movieTo prove that sentiment, and to validate that face only a mother could love, Ruben Fleischer (Venom’s director and visionary) has come out to say in the Los Angeles Times that the violence in the movie will be “pushed to the hilt.” 

In a landscape saturated with comic-book movies, Fleischer is hoping that “Venom” — a bouillabaisse of action, horror and comedy, with a level of violence that the director says will be “pushed to the hilt” (the film is as-yet unrated) — will stand apart. In its marketing campaign, Sony plays up the film’s against-the-grain quality with the tagline, “The world has enough superheroes.”

And that tagline is another movement in the right direction. We do have enough superheroes. We don’t have enough R-rated fiends who could care less about PR, image reputation, or reaching out to the community.

To the contrary, Variety published an extensive piece a few months ago on why the movie would probably be PG-13.

But some members of Sony’s brain trust believe that the film should push the very limits of PG-13 without crossing over into a higher rating. The feeling is that will give the studio greater leeway for future installments that will feature Spider-Man, something “Venom” does not do.

This caused social media to have its own symbiote problem. Rage ensued. Names were called. And tempers flared worse than a case of herpes after a school prom in the country.

Many believed this all but confirmed Venom’s appearance in the MCU. It’s much easier for him to integrate with Tom Holland and friends if the movie is more…Marvelish. However, there is something else to go with Fleischer’s quote to show why there has been a change of heart.

Tom Hardy signed — as in, it’s already done — on for Venom sequels. Possibly two, so says ComicBookMovie.com in an exclusive (well done, boys).

“I’m open to whatever you want to do with it,” he says. “We’ve signed up for three of them. So it’s very much an open case. We’ll see what people’s responses are to it. I think it’s an awesome character. I love playing both of them. It’s an amuse-bouche, and for Sony, it’s the Venom-verse launched in isolation, as it were.”

“We all prepped for it to be a standalone universe. So whatever Sony want to attach to it at a later date, it’s a fulcrum piece. But let’s see what happens when it lands.”

Someone of Tom Hardy’s insatiable appetite for the avant-garde does not sign up to do more than one of anything unless assurances have been made. In short, it’s so on!

Venom will be pushed to the hilt because this whole symbiote thing isn’t like a bad rash that some Neosporin will absolve. It creates rage from the darkest recesses of humanity. So, it’s easy to understand that Tom Hardy’s character may have a temper problem.

And, he wants it that way. To wit, nerds can rejoice and stay off Twitter for an hour or two.

(Images courtesy of Sony Pictures, Marvel)

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