Guardians of the Galaxy director James Gunn has sparked the age-old discussion regarding MCU and R-rated movies. He strongly believes that the studios will eventually have to dip their hands in such projects.
James Gunn rose to prominence after the successful release of Guardians of the Galaxy in 2014. His unique and hilarious style shot the obscure GOTG of Marvel Comics to new heights. While the franchise gained new fans, Gunn also caught the eyes of other studios in the industry. Not only did his remarkable work make him a central figure in the MCU, but it also drew DCEU to his doorstep. The superhero maestro earned a contract with the DCEU to direct the new R-rated Suicide Squad.
During his recent interview, Gunn commented on the MCU’s future with R-Rated films. He believes that while Guardians of the Galaxy should retain its PG-13 rating, some Marvel characters can do better with bolder style. His comments run parallel with Marvel Studios president Kevin Feige who confirmed that Deadpool will continue with his R-rated storytelling under the umbrella of Disney. But Gunn’s confirmation indicates that the studio is ready to experiment with other characters too.
This seems like a significant deviation for the family-friendly Disney and Marvel who are known for their strict guidelines. To look from their point of view, adult-oriented films are indeed meant for risk-loving studios. It narrows down the audience pool since kids and young teens aren’t allowed to attend, thus affecting the box office earnings. On the other hand, venturing into this domain will give Marvel and the directors the liberty to explore various layers and be more creative.
In the beginning, James Gunn has had his own share of troubles with Disney for his hilarious take on story-telling. In fact, his bold sense of humour got him fired from the studios for a brief time. It looks like Gunn and Marvel are finally getting on the same page, especially after DC beat Marvel to it with R-Rated Joker and Suicide Squad (by James Gunn).
When asked about his opinions about the MCU and R-rated territory, Gunn said,
“I think they will, I think they will, I’m almost sure they will [make an R-rated MCU film].
Not “Guardians” though, because “Guardians” are family movies, so it’s different. People are like, “Finally, they let you do R rating. What would ‘Guardians’ be like if that was R rated?” I’m like, “But it’s not.”
I could go off and make a Drax movie that’s R-rated, that I would love to do, like barbarian Drax. But the “Guardians” movies are fables, and I don’t think of them like that. I don’t write them like that. It’s a different type of movie, and you can have some gore and some scary darkness in there and things like that, which is good, but it’s not the rock and roll of Suicide Squad.”
If it all comes true, we are excited to explore what Marvel has in store for us.