Dr. Strange in the multiverse of madness is intense, dark and violent – but are his adult themes so sharp that the film should have received an R rating? The debate takes place after the opening of the Marvel Studios movie this weekend.
Some have argued that the latest installment of Marvel Cinematic Universe, directed by Sam Raimi, should have received an R rating for horror elements and at least three moments of disturbing, graphic violence involving cameos that won’t be discussed here.
The debate caused such confusion, the topic was on trend on Sunday on Twitter, some agreed the film was too dark and intense for PG-13, while others said the criticism was nonsense, citing other films claimed to be moved the threshold of PG-13 far further.
That’s what he did Dr. Strange in the multiverse of madness pass one next to the rating board? Not. Probably elements of violence and horror were seen through the lens of being carried out by superheroes and supervillains, which is a way parents leading their younger children to watch the film would also likely interpret the images and action, making the PG-13 an appropriate choice. After all, the Board of the Classification and Evaluation Authority (CARA) consists of an independent group of parents.
Neither the MPA nor the CARA comment on rating decisions. It is the prerogative of the filmmaker whether to indulge in what was needed to secure a particular rating.
The PG-13 rating was introduced in 1984 after angry parents received media attention over an argument about Steven Spielberg. Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom was too violent and disturbing for his PG assessment. There was a commotion Gremlinsproduced by Executive Spielberg.
By then, Spielberg had gained enough influence to be able to go to the MPA president and creator of the ratings, the late Jack Valenti, and seek a new rating that would better prepare parents for the content of the film between PG and Ra.
The proposal to change the ratings marked the first time the system had changed since its implementation in November 1968. The first film to win a PG-13 ’84. of the organization was Garry Marshall’s Flamingo Kidbut since it came out only in December, the first film to come out with a new rating was Red Dawnpublished in August.