Venom producer Matt Tolmach has indicated that the upcoming sequel may potentially be given an R-rated classification, "now that that works" for superhero movies.In a recent interview with CinemaBlend, Tolmach admitted they might review their options for Venom 2, as he discussed the progression of comic book character portrayals on the big screen, referring to the success of Deadpool, Logan and Joker, the first R-rated movie to top $1 billion globally."I mean, I think you always have to think about [it], now that that works," he said. "Having said that, our movie worked really well. Our franchise exists as it is, and I don't think anybody is looking to just say, 'Hey, they [did it]!' We have a place in the world. So it isn't like suddenly everybody's considering what to do with the rating."I think what Joker does is it tells you that you can succeed. For a very long time, that was the narrative. And Deadpool sort of wrestled that to the turf, and then Logan, but for a long time, that was considered totally forbidden […] So you know, I think it's the greatest thing in the world that R-rated movies are being embraced by massive audiences. And it just means that there are more opportunities for that kind of storytelling."Many fans expected Venom to receive an R-rating, however, multiple people at Sony reportedly worked to push the boundaries of a PG-13 film, without crossing over into R-rated territory, "so future Spider-Man spin-offs from Sony can retain their family-friendliness that the wall-climber is known for."Consequently, Venom's first standalone movie received a PG-13 rating from the MPAA.Despite the Venom sequel being shrouded in the same uncertainty over the rating classification, the project is moving forward steadily, as Kelly Marcel has been shaping the script with input from Tom Hardy, who has "very clear ideas" about how the characters could be taken to "another dimension."For more on Venom 2, find out about the Marvel villain Shriek, who Naomie Harris is in talks to play in the next film, read Michelle Williams' plea for added She-venom screen time, and discover what director Andy Serkis said about what's to come in the sequel.Alternatively, check out our wishlist of everything we want in Venom 2.
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