While Disney is known for making family-friendly superhero films, a new report suggests Black Widow, starring Scarlett Johansson, could be the first Marvel Studios movie to be rated-R.
That HashTag Show's Charles Murphy shared the news on social media while discussing previous Black Widow scoops, revealing that when he first heard the film was in development, Marvel Studios was considering whether or not to make it the first R-rated set in the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
Here's something I don't think I've ever talked about. When I first heard they were developing the Black Widow film, I also heard they were discussing whether or not to make it Marvel Studios first R-rated film.— Charles Murphy (@CharlesMurphTHS) January 12, 2019
Murphy goes on to say this isn't confirmation Black Widow will be the first R-rated MCU movie, but "if BW ends up R-rated, don't be shocked." Of course, it's too early to tell which direction Marvel Studios will go with the Johansson-led solo film. Recent character breakdowns call for four actors who can speak multiple languages, with some of them potentially being double agents, and the villain rumored to be either Taskmaster or the Red Guardian.
Black Widow is expected to be a prequel similar to Captain Marvel, detailing how Natasha operated as a spy for the KGB before defecting to S.H.I.E.L.D. The film is believed to start production by late February or early March.
Directed by Cate Shortland, Black Widow is expected to released May 1, 2020.