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– by Joseph Jammer Medina

While there are plenty of fans out there who disliked the idea of creating a Venom origin without Spider-Man, one silver lining was that they were able to get as dark as they wanted. With everyone’s friendly neighborhood Spider-Man out of the way as a character, they wouldn’t need to be restricted by the inevitable PG-13 rating, right?

This was seemingly driven home when the new trailer for the Venom hit, featuring a moment when Venom wrapped his tongue around an unwilling assailant. This seemed to imply that an R rating was in the bag. Well, you may be disappointed to hear that that may not be the case.

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According to a new report from Variety, it is unlikely the film will get that coveted R rating. The reason? Members of Sony’s brain trust wants to keep the possibility open for Spider-Man to join. Should they have it as an R-rated film, the potential to have the two cross over is reduced, as it will have established Venom’s world as too dark and too gory to be acceptable in a Spider-Man universe. It could also prohibit his potential for going into the MCU proper with other characters.

Admittedly, this is kind of what many fans were worried about from the get-go, and it’s not surprising to hear their thoughts on this. From a business standpoint, it makes sense, but it’s this mindset that is preventing Venom from being the best film it can be.

What do you think of this? Is it a smart move from Sony, or should they just suck it up and make it rated R? Let us know your thoughts down below!

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SOURCE: Variety

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.