Hoping For An R-Rated Ant-Man? Disney Says It’ll Never Happen

Thursday, 03 March 2016 - 8:00PM
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Thursday, 03 March 2016 - 8:00PM
Hoping For An R-Rated Ant-Man? Disney Says It’ll Never Happen
In a recent announcement that surprised absolutely nobody, Disney chairman Bob Iger made the statement that there will likely never be an R-rated addition to Marvel's Cinematic Universe.

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We don't have any plans to make R-rated Marvel movies.
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R-rated comic book movies aren't necessarily a new thing, as Watchmen, Kick-Ass, Kingsman, and others like them have been paving the way for movies like Deadpool for quite some time. Of course, none of them have been quite as successful as Deadpool, which seems to be inspiring an onslaught of other R-rated superhero flicks. For instance, Fox has made mention that X-Force will likely be rated R, and that the final chapter in the Wolverine trilogy could achieve the same rating. The R-rated Blu-ray release of Batman v Superman is likely the exception to this, as the additional scenes were filmed long before anyone knew Deadpool would be a success (though it wouldn't be surprising to find out that the decision to release those scenes was due to Deadpool's success).

Of course, it makes total and perfect sense that Marvel's Cinematic Universe wouldn't have any R-rated additions. However, it is a letdown to those who maybe wanted to see a super sexy/gory sequel to Ant-Man. Marvel has a certain tone with their movies, and all one has to do is imagine Ryan Reynolds' Deadpool in the same film as Chris Evans' Captain America to realize just how tonally different and incompatible the two universes and styles of storytelling are.

Disney and Marvel have a very good thing going with their lighthearted, somewhat goofy, superhero flicks. They've garnered a lot of success, and they have very specific target audiences. As basically all MCU films have been advertised on the Disney Channel, it's not hard to see why Disney has no plans for a rated R Marvel film.

Of course, there's the MCU shows on Netflix which have MA ratings, but they're marketed to an entirely different demographic. There's also been some question as to whether or not the characters from the Netflix series' will ever cross over to the big screen, and that's most likely for very similar reasons.

The recent trend of R-rated superhero movies may not necessarily be as cool as one might first come to believe, however. Though it would be awesome to see Fox pull off an R-rated cinematic universe, good things probably won't come from simply taking a "let's try to be more like Deadpool" approach. If that's what leads to a more mature rating instead of the unique creative vision of the filmmakers, then things likely won't go over so well.

Either way, the age of R-rated superhero flicks may very well be about to begin.
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