Venom has long been a
Last seen on-screen in Spider-Man 3, Venom, who begins life as photographer Eddie Brock before being taken over by a symbiote, will now be heading up his own, R-rated (15 in the UK, most likely) movie.
Last year’s Deadpool and this year’s Logan have shown there’s a market for more graphic, more sweary, more mature superhero flicks. Here’s why we think it’s the right approach for Venom…
Venom as a character is one of Marvel’s more extreme, scarier villains. A symbiote, it attaches itself to its host’s
Cronenberg, with movies such as Videodrome and eXistenZ, virtually invented the body horror flick, and we’d love to see some of his
We first heard Wolverine utter the f-word in 2011’s X-Men: First Class, but Logan’s 15 rating allowed for a plethora of f-bombs. And Deadpool was a laugh-riot with its onslaught of hilariously filthy jokes. It may not be big or clever, but the odd swear word, judiciously placed, does make a movie more realistic. We can’t imagine someone seeing Venom and exclaiming "Crikey! Look at that bothersome creature over there!" or "Fiddlesticks! Venom’s escaped!"
As much as we love the standard X-Men movies, it was great to see Wolverine at the heart of a full-blooded grown-up drama. Many reviewers pointed out that Logan could well be the first ‘superhero’ movie to be in with a chance for a Best Picture nomination.
A 15-rated Venom film would allow the filmmakers to make a more mature movie. Normal Marvel movies pride themselves on being accessible for all ages, from 5 to 85, but aiming it at an older audience will give the writers and director the freedom to craft a more demanding story.
More extreme violence
One of the most striking things about Logan was how gruesome it was. But then he does have eight-inch claws, so of
It may well kickstart an R-rated universe
There's certainly potential here. Deadpool quashed all expectations to gross a mighty $783m worldwide in 2016,
Need we say more about the potential for an R-rated comic book universe?
Superhero movies don’t usually exist in a world with physical romance. The only Marvel properties so far so get raunchy have been the 15-rated ones of Netflix. Also, Deadpool was more than a little risque when considering the lusty mindset of Ryan Reynolds' title character. A 15-rated Venom film may want to show a similar side to Eddie Brock...
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