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The new Doctor Strange horror elements sparked a debate over the classification

People were divided Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness‘ PG-13 rating (for “intense sequences of violence and action, terrifying imagery, and some language”) before it hit theaters because it was the first horror film in the MCU. But in the days since the film’s debut, that sentiment has only grown as it escalated into a debate about whether Multiverse of Madness should have been rated PG-13 in the first place, a debate that only further highlighted the fickleness of film ratings.

Part of it was triggered by a diversity Column by Clayton Davis titled “What spell did Marvel cast on the MPA for ‘Doctor Strange 2’ to get it a PG-13 rating?” that was published on Saturday. In the column, Davis looked back at some of the films referred to as PG-13 and what qualifies as an R-Movie, as well as the leniency that big studio films tend to have with their films that typically adhere to the address the widest audience possible.

“Studios have done their best to avoid R-ratings for tentpoles, as restricting entry for children and young people results in reduced ticket sales,” Davis wrote. “Although the R-rated ‘Deadpool’ (2016) grossed more than $700 million at the box office, not many other directors could be persuaded to bring darker, more vivid visions into their final versions.”

He also argued in a taped segment Multiverse of Madness should have been rated R.

Far from the only person to highlight the amount of horror and gore Multiverse of Madnessit became a sticking point.

People started highlighting the level of violence allowed in other PG-13 films and made even more explicit how contradictory it is. scenes out X-Men: First Class, Jurassic worldand Captain America: The First Avenger were among those mentioned.

Others pointed to a widespread collection of films that carried a PG rating but contained images scarier or more disturbing than what Multiverse of Madness had to offer – although these films were released before the PG-13 rating first appeared in 1984, films received either PG or R ratings.

The debate about what makes a film eligible for a particular rating is likely to continue as more people watch Multiverse of Madnessbut even if we did come to a consensus, it reminds us that the assessments are conflicting – even more so when it comes to the other factors that are often judged harshly by the MPA.

*Initial Release: May 9, 2022 1:10 PM CDT

Michelle Jaworsky

Michelle Jaworski is a staff writer and television/film critic at the Daily Dot. Covering entertainment, geek culture and pop culture, she has covered everything from the Sundance Film Festival, NYFF and Tribeca to New York Comic Con and Con of Thrones. She lives in Brooklyn.

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