Venom Is the Only Character in the MCU To Drop the F-Bomb – Screen Rant

Venom: Let There Be Carnage drops the F-bomb, giving Venom a unique position to other Marvel characters with impending multiverse crossovers.
Warning: the following contains spoilers for Venom: Let there Be Carnage.
Venom: Let There Be Carnage makes Venom the only character in the MCU to have dropped the F-bomb on screen. While the movie is only rated PG-13, it makes full use of the MPAA’s famously single allowed F-word before the character crosses the multiverse in the mid-credits scene, officially joining Disney’s F-word-less Marvel Cinematic Universe.
The surprise credit scene’s cross-dimensional twist is one of the biggest talking points leading out of the movie, although it’s still not clear exactly what this means for Venom or the relationship between Sony’s Marvel movies and Disney’s MCU. With both Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness and Spider-Man: No Way Home are expected to blow the Marvel movie multiverse wide open, only a few characters are confirmed to cross over to the MCU, but the situation but it does create a number of amusing cross-canon questions about Disney’s approach to MCU’s future.
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The MCU has thrived on its broad appeal, largely by staying well within the bounds of the PG-13 rating. The violence doesn’t have much blood or gore and the most action-heavy moments tend to cut away from anything too brutal, there’s minimal sex and nudity despite a lot of bare six-packs and beefy pecs, and many of the characters use traditional PG-13 cuss words (often to Captain America’s dismay), but nobody has ever said the F-word on screen, even though PG-13 movies can usually get away with one of them. Both Spider-Man: Homecoming and Spider-Man: Far From Home (which are in the MCU, but still Sony movies) infer the use of the F-bomb, although it cuts to the credits before the word is fully uttered in both cases, so Sony seems to like the word a lot more than Disney, which shouldn’t surprise anyone.
What’s especially interesting about Venom: Let There Be Carnage‘s use of the F-bomb when the same movie introduces him to the MCU, is it may show Disney is more willing to push those boundaries with some characters than the MCU has in the past, since they’re collaborating with Sony on these movies to allow them access to MCU canon. One big lingering question about the franchise’s future has been the impending incorporation of Deadpool. Not only did Venom end up making it into an MCU film before Deadpool, but he brought harsher language with him – even if he only said the word during the part of the movie where he was still in Sony’s corner of the multiverse.
Of course, Venom is ultimately PG-13, and the single-use of the F-bomb isn’t nearly as gratuitous as Deadpool’s famous potty mouth. Still, Venom: Let There Be Carnage‘s F-bomb leaves a few questions about whether this behavior will continue when Venom, and Deadpool, inevitably share the screen with Marvel’s legacy heroes, or if maybe it’ll turn out some words simply don’t exist on the MCU’s Earth 616.
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Stephen has been writing for the site since 2016 and enjoys all manner of movies and TV, especially when it gives reason to obsess over minor irrelevant continuity minutiae.
Stephen has been infatuated with movie magic on screen and off since wearing out his VHS copy of The Making of Star Wars when he was 7. This passion continues in his work as a film journalist, whether it’s hunting down breadcrumbs about the Snyder Cut, breaking down box office trends, or obsessing over Rotten Tomatoes data, Stephen lives in the minutiae, as listeners of his podcast, Batman v Superman: By the Minute (with fellow-Screen Rant editor Andrew Dyce) know all too well.
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