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There are "no plans" to make R-rated Marvel movies at Disney

03.03.2016

With DEADPOOL going bonkers at the box office for 20th Century Fox, there has been a lot of curiosity if Disney would ever give the green light to Marvel Studios to follow suit and travel down a mature road for one of their Marvel Cinematic Universe properties that might net them a rating where under 17 audience members are not permitted without parent or guardian.

Today that issue was addressed by Disney Chairman Bob Iger during an investor call when the success of DEADPOOL was raised.

We don't have any plans to make R-rated Marvel movies.

Yeah, you should have seen that coming.

Marvel isn't afraid to drift into more adult material for their Netflix television series. We've seen both sex, violence and language expanded on both DAREDEVIL and JESSICA JONES thus far, but when it comes to their big-budget, big-screen productions...? There's too much at stake for The Mouse to risk turning off any corner of the massive mainstream audience they've been able to attract thus far. They are seeking viewers across all four quadrants every time out in order to maximize their box office gross worldwide. They want as many asses in seats as they can possibly get with every scheduled showtime and they're not going to risk portions of their fan base being turned off in order to cater to hardcore fans who want something R-rated.

Sorry to burst your bubble, but that bubble should have been burst long ago as it is. R-rated Marvel movies from Disney were never going to happen, and now you have it on record from those calling the shots.

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3:06PM on 03/04/2016

Its like one R Rated movie is super successful...

Deadpool's success proved that movies should based on the spirit of its characters. I really don't care to see a rated R spiderman movie
Deadpool's success proved that movies should based on the spirit of its characters. I really don't care to see a rated R spiderman movie
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12:27PM on 03/04/2016

This didn't burst anyone's bubble.

Deadpool was rated R, great, but so what. TDK was PG-13 and to me is still the greatest comic book film of all time. The MCU movies don't need to go R to stay relevant or interesting. Each franchise or universe (not just Marvel) needs to do right by what the content calls for - not follow Hollywood trends such as "everyone go R."
Deadpool was rated R, great, but so what. TDK was PG-13 and to me is still the greatest comic book film of all time. The MCU movies don't need to go R to stay relevant or interesting. Each franchise or universe (not just Marvel) needs to do right by what the content calls for - not follow Hollywood trends such as "everyone go R."
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10:28AM on 03/04/2016
Seems fair to me. At the end of the day part of Marvel's success is also about branding. And they've been successful in containing a huge corner of the market simply by having a brand with mass appeal. Once they go R-Rated, they'll certainly drop their market share as not as many people will be attending their movies.

I think Deadpool's success is a one-off circumstance. It's a character that really needed an R-rating in order to showcase the character properly. Audiences responded to
Seems fair to me. At the end of the day part of Marvel's success is also about branding. And they've been successful in containing a huge corner of the market simply by having a brand with mass appeal. Once they go R-Rated, they'll certainly drop their market share as not as many people will be attending their movies.

I think Deadpool's success is a one-off circumstance. It's a character that really needed an R-rating in order to showcase the character properly. Audiences responded to that without question. But that doesn't mean audiences will be attracted to an R-rated superhero flick all the time now. I'd hate to see the genre get wrapped up in making every movie more R-rated, or at least trying to push that boundary. It just won't work for every superhero flick.
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8:21AM on 03/04/2016
Disney make money because they can market superhero films to family audiences, knowing that the older or comicbook fans will still basically be on board. Absolutely no reason for them to change the formula that's working so well for them. Captain America: Winter Soldier was as adult as the mainstream Marvel movies need to be, and the fact that the Netflix series can handle more grown-up material is a nice extra string to their bow - they can have adult Marvel content out there for the fans
Disney make money because they can market superhero films to family audiences, knowing that the older or comicbook fans will still basically be on board. Absolutely no reason for them to change the formula that's working so well for them. Captain America: Winter Soldier was as adult as the mainstream Marvel movies need to be, and the fact that the Netflix series can handle more grown-up material is a nice extra string to their bow - they can have adult Marvel content out there for the fans without having to take direct responsibility for it.
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4:07AM on 03/04/2016
Don't need it. Don't want it. Not for these films.
Don't need it. Don't want it. Not for these films.
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12:21AM on 03/04/2016

I'm Good...

The Mouse has spoken!
The Mouse has spoken!
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8:07PM on 03/03/2016
The Marvel films don't need to go for a hard rating. I'm fine with them pushing the envelope in terms of violence on Netflix with Daredevil, Jessica Jones, and Punisher.

I mean if Marvel wasn't going to do the storyline of Tony having a drinking problem in Iron Man 2, then why would they all of a sudden change formula and diffenriate their future films.
The Marvel films don't need to go for a hard rating. I'm fine with them pushing the envelope in terms of violence on Netflix with Daredevil, Jessica Jones, and Punisher.

I mean if Marvel wasn't going to do the storyline of Tony having a drinking problem in Iron Man 2, then why would they all of a sudden change formula and diffenriate their future films.
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7:39PM on 03/03/2016

If not movies then make the Netflix shows grittier (not just full of sex)

Give us Blade on Netflix, have him introduced in The Punisher spinoff. Make them violent and for the adults. Jessica Jones was only adult because of all the sex, but we want violence too. Daredevil was really tame as well. I don't get why people liked Daredevil because the story was just lame and the action was too dark. Jessica Jones was a huge step up though, but it was still tame.
Give us Blade on Netflix, have him introduced in The Punisher spinoff. Make them violent and for the adults. Jessica Jones was only adult because of all the sex, but we want violence too. Daredevil was really tame as well. I don't get why people liked Daredevil because the story was just lame and the action was too dark. Jessica Jones was a huge step up though, but it was still tame.
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9:16PM on 03/03/2016
I think Marvel openly admitted that even though their Netflix shows are TV-MA, they deliberately aren't taking full advantage of the rating.
I think Marvel openly admitted that even though their Netflix shows are TV-MA, they deliberately aren't taking full advantage of the rating.
4:06AM on 03/04/2016
With respect I disagree. I thought Daredevil was a great character driven series. So long as the quality remains, that's the most important thing for me.
With respect I disagree. I thought Daredevil was a great character driven series. So long as the quality remains, that's the most important thing for me.
5:11AM on 03/04/2016
We don't want violence for the sake of violence. Speak for yourself. Punishe War Zone did very poorly at the box office. The best Punisher movie was the one with Thomas Jane. It was funny when he pulled a knife on a guy with a gun, the guy laughed and the Punisher threw the knife and it slashed the guy's neck. You don't need to have the Puinsher shooting guys for two hours. That's lazy writing and its boring.

There's no guarantee of a Punisher series or a Blade series. They will
We don't want violence for the sake of violence. Speak for yourself. Punishe War Zone did very poorly at the box office. The best Punisher movie was the one with Thomas Jane. It was funny when he pulled a knife on a guy with a gun, the guy laughed and the Punisher threw the knife and it slashed the guy's neck. You don't need to have the Puinsher shooting guys for two hours. That's lazy writing and its boring.

There's no guarantee of a Punisher series or a Blade series. They will probably recast Blade. Blade may show up in Luke Cage Season 2. I think they will do a Season 2 of Luke Cage after they do The Defenders. There will probably be a season 3 of Jessica Jones too. Keep in mind that Netflix only wants to put out 26 episodes a year so if we get Punisher, Blade, Elektra and Moon Knight that would put Daredevil, Luke Cage, Jessica Jones and Iron Fist on hiatus.

One solution would be to make The Defenders Season 2 an anthology. Imagine if Daredevil, Jessica Jones, Luke Cage, Iron Fist, the Punisher, Elektra, Moon Knight, Blade and Ghost Rider all had their own adventures that ended on the same day that tied into something that happened in Avengers: Infinity War Part II and the last four episodes had various people teaming up to fight Thanos' minions. They could get Antony Mackie to appear and explain to the people what is going on and tell them how they can help.
9:30AM on 03/04/2016
A Punisher series has been stated to be very likely, though.

And Punisher should indeed take full advantage of its rating. The point of Punisher is to make his enemies feel the pain that he feels, like the point of Deadpool was that he takes joy in the violence he inflicts on his enemies. Those are least effective if you hold back.
A Punisher series has been stated to be very likely, though.

And Punisher should indeed take full advantage of its rating. The point of Punisher is to make his enemies feel the pain that he feels, like the point of Deadpool was that he takes joy in the violence he inflicts on his enemies. Those are least effective if you hold back.
6:25PM on 03/03/2016
I don't think anyone was asking for the MCU films to be R-rated since it doesn't really fit their characters, so this is no big deal. However, I do wonder if Disney would consider an R-rated Star Wars film at some point, because I could get on board with that. One of the spin-off films though, episodes 8 and 9 are fine as PG-13.
I don't think anyone was asking for the MCU films to be R-rated since it doesn't really fit their characters, so this is no big deal. However, I do wonder if Disney would consider an R-rated Star Wars film at some point, because I could get on board with that. One of the spin-off films though, episodes 8 and 9 are fine as PG-13.
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6:20PM on 03/03/2016
Disney or not, how many Marvel properties warrant an R-rated movie? This isn't prudishness, it's common sense.
Disney or not, how many Marvel properties warrant an R-rated movie? This isn't prudishness, it's common sense.
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6:07PM on 03/03/2016

Fine by me.

We don't need an R-rated Avengers. Only for hardcore characters such as Blade, Punisher, Wolverine, Deadpool...etc. Those characters are more of anti-heroes.
We don't need an R-rated Avengers. Only for hardcore characters such as Blade, Punisher, Wolverine, Deadpool...etc. Those characters are more of anti-heroes.
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6:05PM on 03/03/2016

Who cares

So suck of hearing about Deadpool being rated R. This was not the first movie that was R rated. This rating did not make a difference on the outcome.
So suck of hearing about Deadpool being rated R. This was not the first movie that was R rated. This rating did not make a difference on the outcome.
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5:46PM on 03/03/2016
Then PLEASE bring back Wesley Snipe back as Blade on netflix !!!
Then PLEASE bring back Wesley Snipe back as Blade on netflix !!!
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5:37PM on 03/03/2016
I'm surprised about all the commotion about Deadpool's rating. I might be just me, but Deadpool is basically just a R rated comedy. The succes is in the jokes, the breaking of the fourth wall, it can only be done with Deadpool. I don't get why all of the sudden everybody thinks that can be emulated by other superhero movies.
I'm surprised about all the commotion about Deadpool's rating. I might be just me, but Deadpool is basically just a R rated comedy. The succes is in the jokes, the breaking of the fourth wall, it can only be done with Deadpool. I don't get why all of the sudden everybody thinks that can be emulated by other superhero movies.
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10:14AM on 03/04/2016
Exactly this.
Exactly this.
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