Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness has been officially rated PG-13. While we’ll have to wait to find out more about the movie, the movie will fall in line with previous Marvel Studios MCU movies despite more horrific elements.
Although Marvel is currently working on R-rated productions such as Deadpool 3, Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness’ PG-13 rating isn’t particularly surprising. However, if promotional materials are anything to go by, then the movie will be pushing the boundaries of the rating.
Before Sam Raimi had taken over the duty for Doctor Strange, Scott Derrickson claimed that the movie would be the “first MCU horror movie.” As Raimi is known for his horror elements, the movie’s genre shouldn’t be coming off as a surprise.
Recently Raimi said, “I think what [Kevin] meant, from my point of view, is that this film has a flavor of horror to it. I think when the original director, Scott Derrickson, and Kevin promoted the coming of Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness, they said that it was going to be the first Marvel superhero film that had an element of horror to it. I hope I’m not misquoting them. But even after Scott left the picture due to creative differences, that was still the mandate — to make the first Marvel film that had an element of horror. So, I kept true to their original statements.”
While the rating means there won’t be any scenes with blood and gore, the trailer for the upcoming movie revealed the installment’s fair share of horror elements including a decaying version of Steven Strange to a blood-soaked Wanda, as well as a host of monsters and creatures from dark dimensions.