Given that the theme of DC’s upcoming films seems to be darkly darkened darkness, it’s great to hear Kevin Feige declare that the same won’t be happening within the MCU. There will of course be plenty of tense, high-stakes moments and scenarios (as seen in Age of Ultron and no doubt Civil War), but it won’t be turning into the gloomy broodfest that DC is getting their rocks off to nowadays. That’s not to say that they’re wrong to go down more of a dark route, especially with properties like Batman, but I can’t help but wish they’d take some time to have a little fun with their characters too. Marvel, bless their dorky souls, excel in this area with their big, fun, exciting films.
Feige had this to say about the issue on an excerpt from a recent Reddit post:
“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.”
Marvel has plenty of “dark” material in their work, Civil War in particular, but I can’t help but love that they’re straying away from some of those themes in their films. I enjoy that, when I go to a Marvel film, I always walk away having a great time. Age of Ultron was dark at times (THAT Tony Stark scene) and wasn’t afraid to kick our asses, but it was also humorous and a great deal of fun to watch. DC will no doubt put out some great work too, but I imagine it’ll weigh a lot more on our shoulders as we exit the theater.
What do you think? Are Marvel onto something with their more light-hearted films? Or do you want them to take the darker turns of DC’s flicks? Start the discussion in the comments!