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Venom’s PG-13 Rating Is All About a Spider-Man Crossover Movie

by Danny Zepeda | September 15, 2018September 15, 2018 7:30 am EDT

We knew it was coming but we still held out hope Sony would have a change of heart. That did not happen and Venom is indeed rated PG-13. Sony’s official page for the movie confirmed the rating and in the process, dashed our hopes the movie would be a faithful adaptation of the comic book character.

That’s not to say Venom won’t be any good, it might very well be a fantastic comic book movie, but considering trailers for the movie heavily teased a darker take on the character, there was the belief that it might just be R-rated following the path set by Deadpool and Logan. Sadly that won’t happen as Sony opted to go in a more conservative route with an eye toward a future crossover event with Spider-Man.

Fandango managing editor Erik Davis revealed on Twitter studio sources told him the PG-13 rating was all about a Spider-Man face off down the line. Sony owns both characters and is actively trying to build a budding cinematic universe focusing on the Spider-Man characters it owns. Pitting Spider-Man and Venom against each other would be a fantastic way to deliver fans a highly anticipated blockbuster.

If Venom went too dark, it would be quite challenging to pit the family-friendly version of Tom Holland’s Spider-Man against a mean and foul-mouthed Venom. Additionally, you have to think a future crossover would primarily focus on Spider-Man, whose movies are always geared toward family audiences. Regardless, it’s still somewhat disappointing; it’s not like Sony can’t do both.

Fans will enter Venom with some hesitation due to its PG-13 rating, but if it ends up being a fantastic movie, all will be forgotten. We’re hoping it meets those expectations.



Danny Zepeda

Danny's first introduction to fandom was rewatching the original Star Wars trilogy on VHS everyday during fifth grade until he moved on to all