The studio wants the Spider-Man universe to stay within the family-friendly tone of the Spidey films.
The first trailer for Venom gives the movie a dark, violent introduction that had fans speculating the film would be Sony's first R-Rated Marvel movie, but according to a report from Variety, it is increasingly unlikely that will happen. Sony is said to be pushing for Venom to stay within the confines of the PG-13 rating, as to remain on within the same playing field as the more family-friendly Spider-Man films and expand the Spidey universe with characters that can intermingle.
Plans have already been announced to make a film based on Morbius, a vampire villain from the Spider-Man comics starring Jared Leto, as well as recruiting Richard Wenk (The Equalizer 2) to write a film based on Kraven the Hunter. Characters like Silk, Jackpot, and Nightwatch are also being considered for features. If Venom is kept at PG-13, the studio believes there will be greater leeway in having characters cross over within the films.
Venom recently underwent reshoots in L.A. after filming in Georgia, though it is unclear if this has anything to do with Sony's rating expectations.
We just want to know if Venom will actually bite that guy's head off from the trailer. Watch it below.