In the early 2010's, the idea of a major DC or Marvel film receiving an R-rating seemed all but impossible. The massive success of both "Deadpool" and "Logan," however, seems to be loosening studios' belief that PG or PG-13 ratings are necessary for success, and fans are increasingly hearing rumors that many future superhero titles might not pull as many punches as before. That being said, the next character rumored to be heading in a more violent and profane direction isn't all that surprising.
Collider reported today that Sony is seriously considering giving its recently announced "Venom" standalone film the approval to shoot for an R-rating. The film is also reportedly designed to serve as the launch of the studio's own Marvel Universe.
Sony has hired "Alien: Covenant" scribe Dante Harper to pen the story, and both Avi Arad and Matt Tolmach are producing with an eye for a release in 2018, meaning that everyone must be pretty satisfied the script so far. Collider also notes that, while this is the current plan for "Venom," ratings and artistic directions may change depending on who Sony eventually brings on as director.
Sony is also working on Black Cat and Silver Sable project written by Chris Yost, who most recently penned the upcoming "Thor: Ragnarok" for the Marvel Cinematic Universe. There is no word on the proposed rating for the film, though Sony is said to be eyeing a fall start date for production with Matt Tolmach and Amy Pascal on board to produce.
It's worth noting that, regardless of how intense a "Venom" film turns out, Eddie Brock (or whoever is unlucky enough to meet the Symbiote) probably won't be crossing paths with any current Marvel Studios characters apart from Tom Holland's Spider-Man. Even there, given the light-hearted tone that's being pushed in the trailers and promos for "Spider-Man: Homecoming," coupled with his involvement in the MCU, it might be a long-shot to see Holland's Spidey mix it up with his iconic arch-enemy on screen.
Sony's "Venom" is currently on track for an October 5, 2018 release.