While it seems like a lot of studios that produce comic book movies are now suddenly open to making R-rated features after the successes of Deadpool and Logan (such as Twentieth Century Fox with Deadpool 2, Sony with Venom, Millennium Films with Hellboy, and possibly Warner Brothers with the eventual Suicide Squad sequel), one studio that seems to be staying away from the trend is Marvel Studios. However, just because they don’t have plans for R-rated movies at the moment doesn’t mean that they’ll never make any.
In an interview with AlloCine, Marvel Studios President Kevin Feige explains that while there are not plans for an R-rated movie in the Marvel Cinematic Universe right now, they’re certainly not saying that they’ll never do one:
“Currently we don’t work on R-Rated movies, it’s not out of the question but currently, no.”
While there’s the common perception that Disney will do absolutely everything to prevent Marvel Studios from making an R-rated movie, the truth is that Feige and the rest has been given a lot of leeway on what they can do with their movies. As it currently stands, Marvel’s sticking to their formula (as it’s consistently worked for them), but perhaps that could change after the Phase 3 slate is finished. Some of the potential film properties that Marvel has access to – like Black Widow, Nick Fury, The Sentry, and Thunderbolts – would be better suited without the limitations of a PG-13 rating.
Guardians of the Galaxy: Vol. 2 is in theaters right now. Future MCU releases include Spider-Man: Homecoming (July 7, 2017), Thor: Ragnarok (November 3, 2017), Black Panther (February 16, 2018), Avengers: Infinity War (May 4, 2018), Ant-Man & The Wasp (July 6, 2018), Captain Marvel (March 8, 2019), an untitled Avengers sequel (May 3, 2019), an untitled Spider-Man sequel (July 5, 2019), Guardians of the Galaxy: Vol. 3 (TBD), Doctor Strange 2 (TBD), and 3 unrevealed movies scheduled for May 1, 2020, July 10, 2020, and November 6, 2020.