The Marvel Cinematic Universe will remain PG-13… for now.
With news of Disney and Marvel finally developing a Black Widow movie, fans everywhere began to speculate if the film would be the first R-rated MCU film. Given the character’s supposed violent past, it wouldn’t be out of the box to think that Natasha Romanoff would delve into a more brutal story. Alas, that will not be the case here.
In an interview with Comicbook, Marvel Studios President Kevin Feige was asked about the possibility of an r-rated Black Widow film, to which Feige immediate shot down the rumor.
When asked if the rumor of Black Widow being R-rated can be officially squashed, Feige said, “Yes. Correct.” “It never was going to be,” Feige said. “Somebody writes, ‘I hear it’s R-rated!’ And then everybody writes it up.”
Feige also spoke about the future of the MCU, saying that the studio is not yet ready to formally announce movies beyond Avengers: Endgame or Spider-Man: Far From Home.
“There are no mandates to make any more than two films a year,” Feige revealed. “As we’ve seen in the last couple years, when it naturally happens and when there are ideas and when there are teams ready to go, we’re not going to hold something back. We’ll make it.”
Scarlett Johansson will be reprising her role as the titular Black Widow hero in the upcoming film. Which other characters will be involved remains unknown.
Rumors point to (depending on the story), Samuel L. Jackson’s Nick Fury, Jeremy Renner’s Hawkeye, and Sebastian Stan’s Winter Soldier, appearing in the feature. The film expected to be directed by Cate Shortland on a script from Jac Schaeffer.