The first Marvel Studios film to shoot in 2019 is expected to be Black Widow starring Scarlett Johansson as filming could begin as early as March. A new rumbling from ThatHashtagShow’s Charles Murphy says that Marvel Studios may have talked about giving Scarlett Johansson’s Black Widow solo movie an R-rating. However, take with a grain of salt as even he seems unsure if it’ll happen.
I'm not saying it will be for sure (no way to know what they will settle on at this point), but they have recently said that R-rated MCU films ARE a possibility, so it is a possibility. So if BW ends up R-rated, don't be shocked.
— Charles Murphy (@CharlesMurphTHS) January 12, 2019
ThatHashtagShow had previously revealed potential character breakdowns and production information for Black Widow, so that is something to keep in mind even if Charles wasn’t confident enough with the tidbit to do a write-up on the site.
It’s not like Black Widow wouldn’t be a good project to give an R-rating to. Natasha is an assassin, after all, that tends to leave a trail of bodies and not having superpowers may leave her to possibly take on more of an action film tone not unlike John Wick.
Interesting enough, John Wick directors Chad Stahelski and David Leitch would end up doing the second unit directing on Captain America: Civil War. Letich eventually landing a directing gig on Deadpool 2 when Tim Miller exited the sequel. Marvel Studios will get ahold of the rights to Deadpool this year and is expected to continue the franchise with Ryan Reynolds in the role. I’ll keep my fingers crossed that Drew Goddard (Bad Times At The El Royale, Cabin In The Woods) gets to make his X-Force movie.
Marvel Studios seems to have been flirting with the idea of R-rated movies for a while now as they’ve been sitting on a new script treatment for Blade since 2013 and even Disney’s Bob Iger has suggested in late 2017 they could make R-rated Marvel movies via Ben Fritz of the WallStreetJournal.
“There may be an opportunity for an R-rated Marvel brand as long as we let audiences know what’s coming.”
Iger specifically calls out "Deadpool," wants to keep making sequels. "There may be an opportunity for an R-rated Marvel brand as long as we let audiences know what’s coming."
— Ben Fritz (@benfritz) December 14, 2017
It should be noted that Margot Robbie’s Harley Quinn movie Birds of Prey will be aiming for an R-rating according to Robbie and director Cathy Yan, so that might have an influence on Black Widow going R as well.
Cate Shortland will be directing from a script by Jac Schaeffer (Vision and Scarlet Witch, Captain Marvel) and the crew will reportedly include Mission: Impossible – Fallout cinematographer Rob Hardy. Filming locations for Black Widow could include Croatia and Miami, Flordia.
Casting announcements are likely around the corner.
Marvel Studios has yet to officially announce titles for their slated 2020 release dates, but it’s suspected that Black Widow will land the May 1st, 2020 spot.
SOURCE: THAT HASHTAG SHOW