When news first broke that Venom would be PG-13, there were initial suggestions that Sony could release an R-rated directors’ cut. The idea has precedent in the superhero genre, with DC Films releasing the Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice Ultimate Edition. But Tolmach insisted that this, too, isn’t true. “There isn’t some phantom version of the movie. Everyone is asking us that. Is there an R-rated cut sitting there? There isn’t.” Still, that doesn’t mean the director can’t still release an unrated version on home video, which is an idea that he’s already floated.