Fox has seen immense success with Deadpool and Logan, its R-rated superhero films. In addition to receiving rave critical reviews, the two have achieved great financial success, earning $783.1 million and $615.6 million respectively. Marvel Studios president Kevin Feige also praised those R-rated films for pushing creative boundaries and taking risks in an interview this past April. In that same interview, Feige said that there aren’t any plans for an R-rated Marvel film — but now, he seems far more open to the possibility, at least in a recent interview with AlloCiné.
Responding to a question about whether or not audiences would see bloody and violent heroes in the MCU, Feige said that although they are not currently planning an R-rated film, “I don’t think it’s out of the question. When I started at Marvel seventeen years ago, the Blade franchise was doing very well. A lot of people didn’t even know that it was based on a Marvel character because at the time they sort of hid the fact it was Marvel. So, not out of the question, but not something we’re working on right now.”
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Posted by AlloCiné on Tuesday, June 13, 2017
In his statement, Feige makes reference to the Blade franchise. The series was one of earliest box-office successes for a Marvel character and followed the titular vampire who hunted other vampires and protected humans. The first film in the franchise, Blade, was released in 1998 and carried an R-rating. The movie’s two sequels, Blade II and Blade: Trinity were also rated R.
(via MCU Exchange)