When it was first announced that Venom would be returning to the big screen in his own standalone film, it was met with some hardcore trepidation. However, one silver lining was that, with it being free from the constraints of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, it would be allowed to go all-in on its anti-hero character. Venom is a violent character, and going R would mean it could show off this violence.
However, in weeks past, there have been hints that perhaps Sony wouldn’t go all-in. Sadly, we are here to confirm that the film has locked down a PG-13 rating. Well, at least mostly confirm. Tickets for the film went on sale, and on the site for AMC, its rating was reportedly revealed as PG-13 — at least according to sites like Collider. In the time since then, however, it’s been swapped to NR — not rated. As there is no reason those outlets would lie about this, I’m inclined to believe them.
That wasn’t the only thing revealed. We also have confirmation that the movie is one hour and 52 minutes in length. Given that it’s set to focus solely on Venom as a character, I’d say that’s a solid runtime. It hints at the idea that this one won’t be overloaded with miscellaneous junk, and hopefully, that’ll result in a more streamlined narrative that only works in favor of the story. At least that’s the hope.
So I find myself divided. On one hand, I’m not nuts about the PG-13 rating, as I think it shows just how much Sony is holding out for more money, hinting at the idea they don’t give two s**ts about the character. On the other, the runtime makes me think they at least have a focused story.
But what do you think? Let us know your thoughts down below!