Sony won’t be moving ahead with an R-rating for Ruben Fleischer’s Venom after all.
Originally positioned as an R-rated feature, there had been reports that Sony was aiming for a PG-13 rating for Venom, but there was still hope that the studio might change its mind. After all, both the Deadpool franchise and Logan have proven the viability of R-rated superhero features, so it’s not like Sony would have been rocking the boat too much by going this route. However, it now looks like that dream is over.
Collider is reporting that Venom will be rated PG-13, with a runtime of 112 minutes. From Sony’s point-of-view, this decision makes a lot of sense, as the studio is no doubt hoping that the Venom character will make an appearance in a future Spider-Man movie, so it would be a bit odd trying to merge the family-friendly tone of Spidey with a villain/anti-hero/whatever we’re calling Venom these days who gruesomely rips people apart on-screen.
Will Venom still be any good? Honestly, ratings don’t have as much bearing on the inherent quality of a movie as some would have you believe (Logan would still be great if it was PG), but it’s hard not to think that Venom would be more interesting if it could get away with a little more. Regardless, we’re keeping an open mind on this one and are eagerly awaiting its October 5th release.