Yes, we know the featured picture (above) is from Under the Skin and not Black Widow.
There have been plenty of talks regarding the future of the Marvel Cinematic Universe post-Avengers: Endgame, especially with Disney acquiring 20th Century Fox. While some fans are salivating at the prospect of seeing the likes of Fantastic Four and the X-Men return home — even the mere suggestion of an X-Men vs The Avengers storyline is said to be more effective for your libido than viagra — others worry that Disney-Marvel Studios will churn out watered down versions of Deadpool. Also, what are the chances of us seeing bold films like Logan under the Disney banner?
Well, if this rumour turns out to be true, then we’ve got nothing to worry about. According to Hollywood gossip blog Crazy Days & Nights, Marvel Studios is considering making the solo Black Widow film starring Scarlett Johansson rated-R. This comes as a pleasant surprise considering all 20 odd movies Marvel produced since 2008 have been rated PG-13. If this rumour turns out to be true, the future seems that much brighter — err, darker — at the Marvel Cinematic Universe. If Marvel is open to making one-off films that are rated-R, it would mean that we would be able to continue watching unfiltered Deadpool and X-Force movies. Could we also possibly get an r-Rated adventure centred around Ronin/Hawkeye? The possibilities are endless.
That said, we believe this rumour will most likely remain that… a rumour. For starters, it seems highly improbable that Marvel would sacrifice their family-friendly winning formula, especially with a previously established character. But more than that, Crazy Days & Nights’ explanation as to why Marvel is willing to experiment with this r-Rated idea seems rather ludicrous. The blog wrote:
If the experiment goes horribly wrong they have a woman to blame for it which is what this studio wanted.
Considering the upcoming release of Captain Marvel and also the plethora of Disney content with women in leading roles outside of the Marvel banner (Star Wars, Moana, Frozen), it seems highly unlikely that Disney would “blame the woman” if an experiment of theirs fails. But while we don’t think the explanation is accurate, we’re still keeping our fingers crossed that Black Widow would indeed be rated-R. After all, the character has a horrific past that could only be explored to its fullest potential in the r-Rated realm.
Black Widow is set to be helmed by Cate Shortland, whose previous few highly acclaimed films have been dark, r-Rated/unrated character-centric dramas about obsession and sexuality. So hey, you’ll never know.