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Marvel Has No Plans For More R-Rated Movies

Kevin Feige doesn't think the R-rating was key to the success of Deadpool and Logan.

The head of Marvel Studios, Feige told The Hollywood Reporter that he has no plans of making another R-rated movie anytime soon because he thinks that it was the riskiness of the films, not their ratings, that made them so successful with fans.

Deadpool and Logan were both box office and critical hits, something which has led many fans to push for more R-rated, no holds barred movies from comic book studios. However, while rumor has it that Sony will try to get in on the fray with an R-rated Venom spinoff (and we think that there are some DC films that certainly would have been better with an R rating), Feige said that Marvel plans to stick with PG-13 movies for the time being.

However, that doesn't mean that the studio won't learn from the success of the Deadpool and Logan. "My takeaway from both of those films is not the R rating," he said. "It's the risk they took, the chances they took, the creative boundaries they pushed."

In Feige's mind, it was Deadpool's memorable decision to break the fourth wall and Logan's ability to provide a definitive closure to Wolverine's story that made them so appealing. While he didn't offer any examples of what Marvel might take from that and how they could bring that into their own filmmaking, Feige did say that the risks "should be the takeaway for everyone," not the R ratings.

The studio head did offer a bit of a hint on what he sees as important to the future of Marvel, saying that humor is a key to success. "We don't sit there and say, 'We need 15 jokes in the first 45 pages,' but it just is something that we are naturally entertained by," he said, citing Ant-Man and the Guardians of the Galaxy movies as examples of movies that utilized comedy heavily.

"It's been a long time that we haven't done a screening of a film that humor and action aren't the top two things that are listen in those movies." According to Feige, laughter is a way to hook the audience. "Then you can scare them," he said. "Then you can touch them deeper than they were expecting to in a film about a tree and a raccoon and aliens that don't understand metaphors. Humor is the secret into the audience's other ranges of emotions."