The Marvel Cinematic Universe has no Dark Side

by: S. Scott Stanikmas

One of the things fans liked about Christopher Nolan’s Batman trilogy is that it was realistic and in turn darker than most superhero movies that we’d seen up to that point. It’s for reasons like that why fans have loved the new Daredevil series on Netflix – it’s not like anything Marvel Studios is putting out on the big screen.

The MCU staying bright and happy on the big screen isn’t such a bad thing. It seems fans are wondering when the other shoe is going to drop and we start to take a dark turn in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, though.

Well, according to Marvel Studios head honcho Kevin Feige, don’t expect the heroes of the MCU to go the way of Anakin Skywalker anytime soon. In a chat he participated in on Reddit (with a quote attributed to Indiewire), Feige promised that the studio will never stray to a darker tone:

“There is no dark turn in the MCU. He says every year fans come up to him and ask him if this movie is when the MCU goes “dark” or takes a “dark” turn. He said while the trailers may seem ominous or have a sense of impending doom, the movies do not have that feel, and will not. He said he “Hoped people would catch on by now” – there will be no giant dark turns in the MCU where it then continues to head in that direction. The humor is in the DNA of the movies, there are no plans to change that.”

That’s interesting, because it already looks like the studio is taking a slightly ‘grey’ turn at the moment. Age of Ultron was a decidedly bleak film. Sure everyone was all hunky-dory by the film’s end, but it was a darker film than the previous Avengers movie. If the plot of Captain America: Civil War ends the way the comics do, then we may be looking at a dark day in the MCU that will really make it hard for our heroes to smile.

However it ends up, I’m sure we’ll enjoy whatever the products end up being. I guess we can count out getting a new Punisher film anytime soon.


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