Black Widow follows MCU tradition with a PG-13 rating for intense violence and action

2020 would be the year Natasha Romanoff aka Black Widow, played by Scarlett Johanssonl, made her triumphant MCU solo debut with her own feature film. But due to the lock, the release date is for Black widow was pushed back again and again. Now that the film is finally set to debut in a few months, Exhibitor Relations Co. has tweeted that Black Widow should receive a PG-13 rating for strong language and content.

Marvel’s BLACK WIDOW is finally a frame lock. Just in time for the release in May … um … July.

Rated PG-13 for intense sequences of violence / action, some language, and thematic material.

– Exhibitor Relations Co. (@ERCboxoffice) April 7, 2021 “Marvel’s BLACK WIDOW is finally a frame lock. Just in time for May’s release … um … July. Rated PG-13 for intense sequences of violence / action, something Language and thematic material. ”
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Given the nature of the character and the world of intrigue and espionage that Black Widow lives in, the potential for Natasha’s personal story to explore the uglier side of society has always been there. Black Widow will see Natasha try to end the “Red Room” program that uses intense brainwashing to turn young girls into soldiers. Florence Pugh, who will play Natasha’s ally Yelena Belova, had previously described the film’s story as “terrible”.

“The story we are telling is a very terrible one. It is about women who have been essentially abused and trained to kill machines. As Scarlett kept saying, this is the right time for her to tell [Black Widow’s] History. And we don’t shy away from the fact that this story is essentially about women getting their lives back … And it’s a Marvel Studios movie, too. That’s pretty rare and very exciting to be a part of. ”

With its more recent films and shows, the MCU has tried to address realistic issues, from institutionalized racism and sexism to PTSD and other forms of psychological trauma. In another interview, Johansson had stressed the need to anchor her solo film in the real world, stating: “I think this film in particular reflects very strongly what is going on in relation to the Times Up movement and the #MeToo there is movement. It would be such a failure if we didn’t address this stuff, if this film didn’t address it directly. “

Of course, the problem with solving such problems is that they aren’t the main reason people watch MCU movies, and that the movie can also run the risk of offending certain groups if they think the problem arises has been resolved in an unsatisfactory manner.

Given that this is likely to be her last MCU movie, it’s understandable that Johansson would want it to be more than just a simple shoot-em-up style action film. Hopefully the long wait for Black Widow’s release will ultimately prove rewarding for fans and the project’s cast and crew alike.

Black Widow plays Scarlett Johansson as Natasha Romanoff / Black Widow, Florence Pugh as Yelena Belova, David Harbor as Alexei Shostakov / Red Guardian, OT Fagbenle as Mason and Rachel Weisz as Melina Vostokoff. The film will hit theaters on July 9th and on Disney + Premier Access.

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