Awesome Totally Awesome - Venom

Venom, Suicide Squad, and the Rated R Risk: PG 13 Isn’t Cutting It

Venom has problems. A startling criticism of a superhero movie rooted in the MCU but nonetheless an accurate one. This wasn’t a Marvel production, however, and some have suggested that this, like the horrendous attempt at a Fantastic Four reboot, was Sony trying to keep its slippery grasp on its Marvel titles. I could go for hours talking about how this movie is riddled with inconsistencies but then I’d be like all the other Venom critic articles piled to the digital ceiling. No, I want to hit on a much deeper issue, one that I think is the main contributor to why DC is struggling to catch up with Marvel in the theaters but consistently dominates in the comics. I won’t ignore shitty directors and downright villainous plots but the real culprit I’ll be focusing on here is rated PG-13, viewer discretion advised.

One thing I want to address before diving in is the flawed revenue system production companies have built around themselves. When you think of a huge blockbuster hit like Star Wars, how much do you think it made in ticket sales? Or better yet, how much do you think the Marvel movies have raked in from ticket sales? The answer to both questions is significantly less than the one true source of revenue mega-corporations like Disney heavily rely upon for revenue. Merchandise. So let’s focus on the Marvel Cinematic Universe. The budget for the original Avengers which came out in 2012 was around $220 Million dollars. They made around $1.5 Billion dollars in ticket sales but in 2013 they made a whopping $41 Billion dollars in licensing or merch. Let that sink in for a second. It is more profitable for Disney to sell you merchandise then it is for them to make the actual movie the merchandise is based on. So what is the incentive for production companies like Dreamworks to make quality movies if they know they’re going to make way more money selling merchandise off of sequels? The answer: Transformers. This business model is fine and represents the cornerstones of our “lovely” capitalist economic policy, except when production companies, too afraid to lose out on merchandise specifically children’s toys, completely destroy their movies in order to get that coveted PG-13 rating.

And now we’ve arrived at my primary concern; that movies are crippling themselves for a cash grab. I can already hear my critics screaming But Deadpool at the top of their lungs. Marvel took a huge risk here. How do I know? Deadpool’s budget was $55 Million dollars, the lowest budget of any of their superhero movies since Marvel Entertainment was acquired by Disney in 2009. This R-Rated Risk reaped rewards. Billions of dollars worth. Every other Marvel Movie produced since is PG-13 which allows for a younger demographic which so happens to be a superhero movies target audience. Or is it? The success of Deadpool should prove otherwise. Sony seemed to have missed the memo. Yes, Marvel, unlike Sony, can take a loss without batting an eye but it’s not just Sony that seems to have stage fright. The DC Universe is struggling in the movie department. If you were following movies like Suicide Squad from inception then you probably sniffed out the signs a mile away. Reshoots. A list of the deleted scenes from Suicide Squad will tell you why it failed. DC decided to cut scenes that actually fleshed out their characters, replacing them with flashy CGI and saleable merchandise. It seems like a board meeting for DC are all the same. “It’s too Dark!” scream the execs. Guess what DC, that’s why we like you. Instead of cowering from that dark R rating DC should embrace it. If DC is struggling with this concept just remember that Watchmen was an amazing movie and guess what? It was rated R.

Venom has problems but it also has some strengths. The logline that the world has enough heroes was fantastic, the acting was phenomenal, and I’m sure Sony will make a ton of money off of merchandise. I think that forcing this movie to be PG-13 is where a majority of the issues I had with this movie lie. Even though we have enough heroes which you stated before the movie began, we now have one more; Venom. He needed to be more evil, more maniacal. I wanted to feel my skin crawl like there was a symbiote hiding inside of my veins. Instead, he was more like a puppy dog, fetching and obeying for the plot. Being a good boy. Make movies darker or better yet make movies more like their source material. Take a rated R risk because if you don’t, Mr. Tony Stark is going to lap up the money while you are not feeling so good.

Awesome Totally Awesome - Freaks & Weirdos Boutique
ATA - DTK

Awesome Dropping

Awesome Totally Awesome - Led Zeppelin

The Five Most Underrated Led Zeppelin Songs

Here's our look at the five most underrated songs from all their studio albums, excluding 1982's CODA.

The Tragedy of Tekashi 6ix9ine

I don’t blame Tekashi69 or his PR team. I blame the ignorant people who perpetuate this stereotype of rap music.
Awesome Totally Awesome

Do the Fancy Statistics in the NHL Really Mean Anything?

When placing the letters “NHL” into Google, those interested in the global sport and best league of said sport are given links to major news outlets

Awesome Features

Awesome Totally Awesome - Supreme Box Hoodie Legit Check 101Four-Pins

Legit Check 101 Supreme: Box Logo Hoodies

The Supreme Box Logo (“BOGO”) Hoodie is one of the most iconic and sought Supreme pieces year in and year out. We’re here to provide you with a basic checklist that should apply to any BOGO Hoodie within the past 10 years.

Big Coats, Ain’t Nobody Got Space for That

So apparently oversized coats that make you look like you have a shrunken head, or Baymax from Big Hero 6, are in right now.
Awesome Totally Awesome

Wu-Tang Clan and Activision to Collaborate for Call of Duty, 36 Chambers Edition

Videogame giant Activision announced that it will be collaborating with the legendary hip hop conglomerate, the Wu Tang Clan (“Wu”) for several upcoming projects, including Call of Duty, 36 Chambers Edition.

Awesome Trending

Awesome Totally Awesome Bono

“There Is A God,” Claim Millions of Atheists After Hearing the News That Bono Lost His Voice

Upon the news that Bono completely lost his voice, partway through U2’s performance in Berlin Saturday, atheists around the world began to seriously question their worldview.
Awesome Totally Awesome - Parents with Fortnite Playing Flossing Teen

Parents Around the World are Refusing to Hangout With Their Fortnite Flossing Adolescents

In a strange turn of events, parents around the globe are devising any excuse to avoid hanging out (or even be seen) with their Fortnite flossing kids.
Awesome Totally Awesome - Hip hop woke hoax