– by Joseph Jammer Medina

R ratings are the way of the future. At least that’s what seems to be the case. If you’ve had your eye on either upcoming or recent trends in Hollywood, you know that eyes tend to be on the ratings of certain movies. This shift came last year when Deadpool hit theaters. It was taking a risk in its R rating. For years, common knowledge has stated that in making an R-rated film, you limit those who are actually able to make it to theater, but Deadpool seemed to fly in the face of that claim. 

The film went on to make $750 million worldwide, which dwarfed its $50ish million budget. Around a year later, Fox again took a risk with Logan, the third Wolverine-centric film in their own X-Men universe. While it didn’t exactly do Deadpool money, it’s made north of $600 million on its $97 million budget, making it another huge success for the studio. Many audiences know that the takeaway here aren’t the ratings themselves, but the fact that they made films that were true to the characters.

Yet, inevitably, audiences will likely see a barrage of R-rated films that are R-rated for the sake of being R-rated. Is that something we can expect from Marvel Studios? Doesn’t sound like it. Speaking with THR, Marvel Studios president Kevin Feige discussed his own takeaway from those films.

“My takeaway from both of those films is not the R rating; it’s the risk they took, the chances they took, the creative boundaries that they pushed. That should be the takeaway for everyone.”

In short, don’t be expecting a dark, morbid take on Captain Marvel anytime soon. The chances taken had much more to do with staying true to the character than being edgy for edgy’s sake. While we often to give studios credit for realizing that, it’s nice to know that at least some of them realize it.

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Joseph Jammer Medina is an author, podcaster, and editor-in-chief of LRM. A graduate of Chapman University's Dodge College of Film and Television, Jammer's always had a craving for stories. From movies, television, and web content to books, anime, and manga, he's always been something of a story junkie.