Tom Hardy and Andy Serkis discuss R-Rating consideration (exclusive)
Venom: let there be carnage earned a PG-13 rating despite many fans of the Marvel Comics’ symbiote characters hoping for a more ruthless film that would push an R rating. Carnage’s main character, Cletus Kasady played by Woody Harrelson, is making his big screen debut. He’s a big red menace from the books who is known to combine a ruthless serial killer with a violent symbiote who loves to eat heads and tear people apart. While none of this is explicitly brought to the Venom sequel, star Tom Hardy and director Andy Serkis revealed to ComicBook.com that they considered an R rating for the film but ultimately pushed PG-13 as well. away as they could to keep the film accessible to a wider audience.
“We considered it 100%,” said Hardy. “With all these symbiotes, you know, you consider it. You read the comics and it’s extreme, but that’s not what we’re here for. We came here to make a movie that, and correct- me if I’m ‘I’m wrong, I mean, there’s a law and a rule to make a movie that’s accessible to a lot of people, and that’s for everyone, including die-hard fans, to Carnage and say : “Yes, I recognize Carnage in the comics. I’m glad. “And yes, no, we didn’t bite everyone’s head, but we put our tongues down the throat of someone pretty… come and see it too.”
Serkis, who registered to direct the sequel after the land of zombies director Ruben Fleischer was at the helm of the first, seems to be channeling his inner Hitchcock with some of Carnage’s moments. “Sometimes leaving things to the imagination is just as powerful,” Serkis said. “We pushed it as far as we could, but with some leeway in people’s heads. This character is pretty scary and the kind of truth about where this character comes from and Cletus Kasady is a character that is amplified by Carnage, does a lot of the work. So I think we certainly do a lot of the essence of Carnage. “
Throughout history, Venom: let there be carnage follows the lead of its predecessor and most Marvel movies with a PG-13 rating. R-rated movies have a proven track record, including one of Marvel’s biggest box office draws dead Pool and Deadpool 2. These two films, as well as the famous Logan, came from Fox when the studio was a separate entity from Disney. Neither Sony’s Spider-Man movies (which Venom qualifies as) nor the Disney’s Avengers franchises have yet released an R-rated title in the Marvel franchises. The suicide squad, a DC Comics title, released in theaters and on HBO Max with a slew of violence and nudity and double it with the Peacemaker series to come in early 2022.
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