“There may be hope yet for the MCU”: Fans Take a Bow – Mahershala Ali’s Blade R-rated Update is Good News for Charlie Cox’s Daredevil: Born Again

Marvel has promised more mature-rated shows and films, sparking speculation about what other projects could benefit from this rating.

"There may be hope yet for the MCU": Fans Take a Bow - Mahershala Ali's Blade R-rated Update is Good News for Charlie Cox's Daredevil: Born Again

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  • The director of the Blade film in the Marvel Cinematic Universe has announced that the movie will be receiving an R rating.
  • This means that the film will have more violence and align with the horror/dark fantasy nature of the Blade property.
  • Fans are excited about this decision and see it as an opportunity for other mature properties like Daredevil and The Punisher to also receive the R-rating.
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The Marvel Cinematic Universe’s Blade film has been quite the source of excitement (and concern) for fans of the franchise. Ever since Mahershala Ali was brought out in Hall H at Comic-Con 2019 during Marvel’s panel, fanart and speculation have flooded social media as fans eagerly try to figure out what the film would look like.

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Mahershala Ali in Alita: Battle Angel
Mahershala Ali in Alita: Battle Angel

While the character made a voice cameo in the post-credit scene of Eternals, fans have been losing faith in the franchise due to the recent string of errors at the box office and the streaming theatre, especially with concerns about more mature properties under the Marvel label, such as Daredevil and The Punisher. However, it seems not all hope is lost, since director Yann Demange, helming the Blade film for Marvel, has an exciting update with regards to the half-vampire’s rebooted outing, one that might have bigger ramifications for the MCU at large.

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Also Read: “He was ready to exit”: Mahershala Ali Reportedly Planned to Leave ‘Blade’ When Marvel Tried to Turn it Into Female Driven Life Lesson

Blade is Rated R, and What it means for the Wider MCU

Blade
Blade

As reported by IGN, the director of Blade has announced that Blade will be getting an R rating. This directly means that a level of gratuitous violence can be expected from the film, given that Blade has always been a horror/dark fantasy property.

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While this is a win for the fans of Blade, the fact that Marvel is making peace with an R rating for its mature properties opens up many opportunities for characters like Daredevil, The Punisher, and even Ghost Rider. However, Blade is far from the only property confirmed to have a mature rating. Fans have been excited about all the upcoming mature-rated shows and films that Marvel has promised to its audience.

The fact that there are so many mature rates shows now, has gotten fans thinking about what other projects would benefit from an R rating. While fans lament that such a direction was not taken with previous shows like Moon Knight, others are actively lobbying for projects like Thunderbolts and Daredevil: Born Again to also receive such treatment.

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An R-rated MCU project is yet to see the light of day. The closest that the franchise has come so far, is the Defenders universe which was produced by Marvel in collaboration with Netflix. All eyes are now trained on the Echo series, featuring Daredevil and Kingpin, which has received a TV-MA rating.

Also Read: “His role is nothing more than a cameo”: Charlie Cox’s Daredevil Role Reportedly Shorter Than She-Hulk in Upcoming Marvel Series Echo

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What are some other shows and films that could benefit from a mature rating?

Man-Thing, as depicted in Werewolf by Night
Man-Thing, as depicted in Werewolf by Night

As Marvel begins to focus on its street-level vigilantes, the opportunity is ripe for Marvel to create a separate label for its more mature projects. A lot of characters could benefit from a less kid-friendly treatment of their work, including teams like Nick Fury’s Howling Commandos ( a version of which features Werewolf by Night, The Living Mummy, Frankenstein’s Monsters and Blade), The Midnight Suns, and The Defenders.

Of the projects that are announced, fans are keen on seeing the Thunderbolts in a more mature light. Daredevil: Born Again is currently going through a complete creative overhaul, and seeing how the Kingpin will feature in the show might inform the rating that the show ends up getting. Further, characters such as The Punisher (who is yet to be confirmed for a project in the main MCU timeline), Wolverine (who will star in the R-rated Deadpool 3), and Moon Knight (who is awaiting a renewal for a season 2) will benefit massively from an R rated niche in the cinematic universe, allowing the franchise to corner a whole other niche for the benefit of the characters and the brand as whole.

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Also Read: “This isn’t PG-13”: Daredevil Returns, Disturbing Kingpin Moments From Echo’s New Trailer Has Marvel Fans Hyped For Upcoming Show

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Written by Anuraag Chatterjee

Anuraag Chatterjee, Web Content Writer
With a passion for writing fiction and non fiction content, Anuraag is a Media Science graduate with 2 year's experience with Marketing and Content, with 3 published poetry anthologies. Anuraag holds a Bacherlor's degree in Arts with a focus on Communication and Media Studies.