Published: Fri, September 14, 2018
Entertaiment | By Mabel Barber

Venom Movie Won't Be R-Rated

The upcoming Venom film has been confirmed to have a running time of 1 hour and 52 minutes, and has been rated PG-13 by the MPAA.

Citing unnamed sources, Fandango's Erik Davis contends the studio sought to avoid the R rating in order to leave the door open to an eventual face-off between Venom and Spider-Man. Reports claimed Sony wanted to push the content in the movie right up to the edge of an R-rating without actually getting into the 17-and-over age bracket. "We'll have to see where it lands, I guess, but I wouldn't rule anything out". But Spider-Man cannot be in an R-rated movie. He won't work as well in a PG-13 movie. Venom was originally teased as a hardcore, R-rated take on the character, but Sony Pictures and director Ruben Fleischer pulled back a bit during production and post-production, reportedly over concerns it might make a potential crossover with Tom Holland's Spider-Man (controlled by the PG-13-only Marvel Studios) impossible-should Marvel Studios even be willing to cross those streams.

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The film has an October 5, 2018 release also starring Michelle Williams, Riz Ahmed, Scott Haze, Reid Scott and Ron Cephas Jones, with the movie described as: One of Marvel's most enigmatic, complex and badass characters comes to the big screen, starring Academy Award nominated actor Tom Hardy as the lethal protector Venom.

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