Many fans feel that the MCU has played it safe by always aiming to release films for the PG-13 crowd while Fox’s X-men and DC have released R-rated comic book films. However, with recent posts from Charles Murphy from the Hashtag show says that it’s possible Marvel Studios may branch out to mature audiences with the Black Widow movie.
Natasha Romanoff, played by Scarlett Johansson, is finally due to get her own movie in 2020. Anyone familiar with the Black Widow comics knows that there’s dark material and tough action scenes to be included in the movie. However, will it be enough to push the film to an R-rating?
Charles Murphy is reporting that he heard back when the project was first being developed that Black Widow was being tossed around as a candidate for Marvel’s first mature venture.
I’ve also revealed that it was officially on the 2020 slate and that it would film, in part, overseas beginning this spring (https://t.co/7S9eqyYlBt)— Charles Murphy (@CharlesMurphTHS) January 12, 2019
Murphy then clarified in a later tweet saying that he’s not claiming that this was definitive, but that fans shouldn’t be shocked if this is the way it goes.
He’s right about R-rated MCU movies being a possibility.
Both Marvel president Kevin Feige and Disney CEO Bob Iger have confirmed that the idea isn’t off the table.
Black Widow is set to be directed by Cate Shortland from a script by Jac Schaeffer. The film is speculated to start shooting as early as March, meaning we’ll surely learn more about which direction it’s headed in sooner rather than later.