You have to love Marvel's sense of humor. After the enormous success of the R-Rated Deadpool, many studios are hurrying to rush their own hyper-violent superhero movie into production. We've already heard that Fox is giving Wolverine 3 an R Rating. And Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice will arrive on Blu-ray and DVD with an R rated Ultimate Edition. But we haven't heard a peep about the controversial subject from Marvel and Disney...Until this morning. And guess what? They plan to one-up everybody in true Marvel fashion.
Yes, with the sequel Ant-Man and the Wasp, Disney and Marvel are ready to introduce to the world, the first ever NC-17 rated superhero epic (that is, if you don't count all the DC and Marvel porn parodies swimming around the Internet). Ant-Man 2 director Peyton Reed confirmed the news this morning via his Twitter page. And before we go any further, we assume that this is just a joke. Right?
It has to be. Disney and Marvel position their superhero movies as family entertainment. And most of the Marvel adventures have been rated PG-13. It's unlikely that we'll see an R-Rated MCU movie anytime soon. Backing up the notion that this is a very funny jab at Hollywood's rush to green lit another R-rated superhero movie is James Gunn's idea for Inhumans. He wants to make it a snuff film. Ha!
At this point, we don't really want to imagine what an NC-17 Ant-Man and the Wasp would look like. Sure, it might be fun to see Evangeline Lilly and Paul Rudd romp around in their insect costumes. But does anyone really want that when they go to a Marvel movie? There are other avenues for that sort of entertainment. Even an R-Rated sequel doesn't sound neccessary. At its core, the original Ant-Man is a big glorious kids movie that all-ages can enjoy. But then again, Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy director Adam McKay is coming back in some capacity to help write the jokes and flesh out the story. We all know he has a dirty mind, and could probably come up with at least one great R-Rated bug sex joke.
The likelihood of seeing an R-Rated, NC-17 Rated or even Snuff version of a Marvel and Disney movie is off the table for now. The movies are all held under one umbrella, and Peyton Reed's tweet is just tickling the idea and making fun of Hollywood's often rash decisions. Still, the possibilities are endless. What do you think? Do you want to see an NC-17 rated superhero movie? James Gunn already gave us the Hard-R Rated Super. Isn't that enough?