Why Is Spider-Man: No Way Home PG-13?

Spider-Man: No Way Home’s premiere is inching closer, meaning that marketing has ramped up in the past weeks. Directed by Jon Watts, the MCU threequel will bring back Tom Holland’s web-slinger as he tries to navigate life with his secret out in the world. This story beat also spells trouble for Peter Parker’s close allies such as Zendaya’s MJ, Jacob Batalon’s Ned, and Marisa Tomei’s Aunt May.

No Way Home has been filled with leaks and rumors in the months leading up to its premiere, but Sony and Marvel Studios have yet to confirm a good chunk of them.

Still, other pieces in the puzzle such as the film’s Multiverse-themed storyline and returning villains from previous Spider-Man movies like Alfred Molina’s Doctor Octopus and Jamie Foxx’s Electro have already been confirmed by marketing.

In addition, Holland also teased that No Way Home would have a unique showcase in terms of its fight sequences, with the actor sharing that his web-crawler will fight in “very violent” ways never seen before. The Marvel actor also revealed that his hero would find himself in a “fight or flight” situation that he’s never had to experience in his past MCU movies.

Now, it seems that Holland’s latest comments have been backed up by the film’s official age rating.

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Why Is Spider-Man: No Way Home PG-13?

A listing from the Classification and Rating Administration of the Motion Picture Association confirmed that Spider-Man: No Way Home is rated PG-13 for its “sequences of action/violence, some language, and brief suggestive comments.”

In comparison, Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings was also rated PG-13 for “sequences of violence and action, and language” while Black Widow was given a similar PG-13 rating due to “intense sequences of violence/action, some language, and thematic material.”

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No Way Home is shaping up to be a brutal affair for the MCU’s Spider-Man.

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Marvel Studios has always leaned toward PG-13 ratings, ever since 2008’s Iron Man. Even though the MCU showcases a darker tone and violent fight scenes at times, the PG-13 label has been a consistent rating for the superhero franchise. The same will be true for No Way Home.

Tom Holland previously teased that the threequel will surprise fans because “it’s not fun,” pointing out that it’s going to be “dark” and “sad” since characters will go through things that “you would never wish for them to go through.” The actor’s comments should further cement the film’s official PG-13 rating alongside its warning of “violence” and “some language.”

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It will be interesting to find out how No Way Home will push the limits of its PG-13 rating, but signs point that the movie’s brutal fight sequences and the rumored deaths of Peter Parker’s loved ones will be some of the reasons.

Holland’s Peter Parker has already experienced a lot throughout his MCU tenure, especially after the death of his mentor, Tony Stark. Evidence suggests that No Way Home seems poised to take it up a notch, thus leading to a significant personal shift for everyone’s resident web-slinger.

Spider-Man: No Way Home is set to premiere in theaters on December 17, 2021.

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