Three weeks from today (Friday, October 5th), Venom will open in theaters worldwide. The film, directed by Ruben Fleischer (Zombieland, Gangster Squad) and starring Tom Hardy (The Dark Knight Rises, Mad Max: Fury Road), is going to give fans of Venom their first look at a live-action solo film for the Marvel character. 2007’s Sam Raimi-directed Spider-Man 3 was the first live-action look we got at him, but that version of Venom wasn’t exactly what fans had hoped for. The film’s director wasn’t a fan of Venom to begin with, and it would ultimately shine through on screen.
Now that we’ve been blessed with what looks like a comic-correct adaptation, fans have been eagerly anticipating Venom‘s release. They’ve also been patiently waiting to find out if the film will be PG-13 or if it will get the R-rating we’re all hoping it would get. While its necessary to note that the MPAA hasn’t officially rated the film, we finally have a clue about how it’s going to come down. It looks like all of our hopes for an R-rating were for naught as AMC Theaters’ website says Venom is PG-13. It could be changed last minute, but it seems unlikely at this point. The site also says the film has a runtime of 112 minutes.
Rumor has it that the reason for the PG-13 rating for the film is due to concerns that an R-rating would make a future crossover with Marvel Studios’ Spider-Man, played by Tom Holland, impossible. This doesn’t mean that we won’t get an uncut and unrated version of the film at a later date, possibly with the Blu-ray and DVD release. Ruben Fleischer spoke about that possibility during an interview with Fandango in promotion for the film:
“I wouldn’t rule anything out. We’ll have to see where it lands, I guess, but I wouldn’t rule anything out.”
Just because it’s going to be rated PG-13 doesn’t mean it isn’t going to be a dark and violent film. Fleischer had this to say as well:
“When I set out to make the movie, I wanted to distinguish the film tonally, and I wanted to make a darker, grittier, kind of edgier comic book movie that also has a strong horror element, which is inherent to the character and the comic. Those were the aspects: darker, edgier, grittier. I think Tom Hardy embodies all of those qualities. The combination of Tom, Venom the character, and then the look of the film, which we really tried to make look, like I just said, edgy and gritty and dark and grounded of this world.”
Venom opens in theaters on Friday, October 5th in theaters everywhere…