Captain Marvel has had a bumpy ride to the big screen. First, there was the internet’s negative reaction to her suit. Then, it was Brie Larson’s supposed comments about diversity. That was followed by trolls attacking the film’s Rotten Tomatoes and IMDB score. However, despite all the challenges it’s still managed to rake in a record-breaking worldwide total of $455 million (the second highest-grossing film of 2019 so far) over the weekend. And, it could possibly have been a little more had South African cinemas allowed parents to watch the film with their children.
In a strange ruling by the FBP (Film and Publication Board), Captain Marvel is rated 13 for violence and language. That’s higher than Marvel’s Black Panther, which only had a 10–12PG for violence rating. It’s also higher than the U.S.’s rating for the film.
As such, Ster-Kinekor and other cinema chains were forced to adhere to this strict rating, and even turned away audiences over the weekend. According to comments on social media, one mother and her children were even asked to leave after they were already seated in the cinema.
This raises many questions and debates about whether or not parents have the final say on what their children are allowed to watch. Many parents took to social media to vocalise their disapproval.
The rating is especially strange because it’s the 21st film in the MCU franchise, and none of the others received the same scrutiny.
Of course, the cinema chains can’t be blamed as they are merely following protocol with regards to the FBP’s rating.
We’ve reached out to the Film and Publication Board regarding the decision.
Sadly, it seems those younger than 13 will have to wait a little longer before they are able to see Marvel Studios’ first female-led superhero film.
Captain Marvel stars Brie Larson, Samuel L. Jackson, Jude Law and Gemma Chan.