In 2008, superhero fans saw two very different and successful approaches to the comic book adaptation, with the first Iron Man that kicked off the Marvel Cinematic Universe and the mega-blockbuster The Dark Knight, which broke box office records later that summer. While The Dark Knight trilogy concluded a few years later with The Dark Knight Rises, Iron Man kicked off the highly-successful MCU, which has embraced a much more light-hearted yet action-packed approach, as opposed to the much darker tendencies of Warner Bros.' The Dark Knight and 2013's Man of Steel. Since Warner Bros and DC are preparing their massive slate, some fans are still wondering whether or not Marvel will ever go dark, but studio president Kevin Feige recently revealed that they have no plans to go down that path. Here's 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."
Of course, that doesn't mean Marvel movies still won't have massive, life-altering stakes at play, as fans saw in Avengers: Age of Ultron, which managed to blend in plenty of humor with enormous action set pieces. As Marvel heads into Phase Three with Captain America: Civil War, the first of nine movies, the MCU will surely be altered plenty, leading up to the two-part adventure Avengers: Infinity War Part 1 and Avengers: Infinity War Part 2 in 2018 and 2019. The Civil War comics are quite dark and violent, so it will be interesting to see how Marvel will tweak the comics to fit their tried-and-true blueprint for a successful comic book adaptation.
Warner Bros.' DC movies are known for their "no-joke" approach, so perhaps it's fitting that Marvel doesn't plan to go dark, just as DC doesn't intend to go light. Would you like to see Marvel go darker? Or do you think their approach is just right?