During a Disney+ panel at the Television Critics Association, Marvel Studios Head Kevin Feige confirmed that the upcoming Deadpool sequel, and the merc with a mouth’s franchise in general, is the only planned exception to the MCU’s consistent PG-13 rating. This means that films like the upcoming Blade reboot, which is set to star Mahershala Ali in the title role, may not receive the R-rating that many fans hoped it would.
“I think we target everything we’re doing for kids and adults, so I think your question is more adult or R-rated,” Feige said. “Other than Deadpool, which has already established itself as a certain genre and a certain rating, that we already said we would not mess with when we started working on Deadpool—which we have—other than that, we haven’t encountered a story or a storyline or a character’s journey that a PG-13, or the tone, or the ratings we’ve been using up to this point has prevented us. We haven’t been held back by [PG-13]. If we ever are, then certainly there can be a discussion that can be had now that there are other [outlets]. But that just hasn’t been the case. We’ve told all the stories that we wanted to with the tonality and the rating we have now.”
With the first two Deadpool films becoming some of the highest-grossing R-rated films of all time, it makes sense that Disney and Marvel would see no reason to tone them down. Fiege confirmed that Deadpool 3 would be Rated-R in early January, making it the first official R-rated film within the MCU.