Marvel Studios' AVENGERS: INFINITY WAR..Black Widow/Natasha Romanoff (Scarlett Johansson)..Photo: Film Frame..©Marvel Studios 2018

Black Widow will not be rated R. There were rumors suggesting Marvel Studios had at least considered an R rating for the film, but they were completely bogus. Studio president Kevin Feige has set the record straight.

“Yes. Correct,” Feige answered when asked if the rumors could be laid to rest. “It never was going to be,” he continued. “Somebody writes, ‘I hear it’s R-rated!’ And then everybody writes it up.”

Don’t count Marvel Studios News among “everybody,” as we never wrote an article about those rumors. Even when some took Disney CEO Bob Iger’s comments about R-rated Marvel movies as evidence the Black Widow rumors could be true, we didn’t see it that way.

The obvious difference between a franchise like Deadpool (the only one Iger singled out) and Black Widow is that the former has been rated R from the start while the latter stars a character that’s been in the PG-13 space since debuting in 2010’s Iron Man 2.

Think of all the kids still south of 17-years-old who’ve been watching Natasha Romanoff (Scarlett Johansson) serving as an Avenger since they were in single digits. Now imagine parents telling those kids Black Widow’s first solo movie isn’t for them and they can’t even see it. That was never going to go over well.

Aside from how little business sense it would make, there is just no creative reason why Black Widow needs to be R-rated. The title character has been doing just fine in PG-13 films for several years. There is no need to change that just to create a false sense of Natasha’s story being “more grown-up.”