Marvel's Daredevil Will Have a 'PG-16' Rating, Is Set After Avengers
Marvel's new Daredevil TV show comes to Netflix in April, and after we received a new motion poster and a host of images yesterday, Daredevil's showrunner, Steven S. DeKnight has revealed more details about the show including its rating and how it fits into the timeline of the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
The gritty, violent nature of the Daredevil comics had many fans calling for the series to be given an R-rating, but in an interview with Empire Magazine, DeKnight revealed that such a move would be at odds with Marvel's ethos.
""Netflix, of course, they don't have a problem with pushing it. I mean, they go anywhere from G to NC-17," said DeKnight. "But the Marvel brand, that's a little different. They're obviously not comfortable going that far with it, though they've allowed us to push it much further than you've seen in the Marvel Cinematic Universe since starting with Iron Man. It is much more geared towards adults. We call it PG-16. We don't quite get to R, but we kiss right up to it."
This seems like a good compromise. Getting close to, but not hitting an R rating will allow Daredevil to present itself to a much wider audience while still providing enough to satiate the violence-hungry core of Daredevil fandom. This has been Marvel's challenge all along, but unlike with the movies, a Netflix TV show is far less limited by its rating. Were a Marvel movie given an R-rating, it's box-office prospects would be dealt a significant blow as it would be unable to secure the younger end of its audience.
The Netflix Daredevil show is just one of many properties in the interwoven timeline of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, but up until now we had no idea quite exactly where it would fit in. During Marvel's panel at New York Comic Con Jeph Loeb was asked by a fan whether or not Daredevil would cross paths with Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., Loeb's response was a wry smile and a simple "It's all connected". Now Marvel TV's Emma Fleischer has given us a bit more context on Daredevil's place in the MCU, revealing that the show takes place in the wake of the devastating events seen in the Avengers movie.
"We are still part of the Marvel Universe, but we are not explicitly in that 'Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.' world," said Fleischer. "We're in our own corner. So the aliens came down and ruined the city, and this is the story of Hell's Kitchen's rebuild."
Marvel's Daredevil hits Netflix in its entirety on April 10th. Let the binge-watching begin!