The dark-but-comedic tone of Thor: Ragnarok was shocking to some audience members but generally welcomed by the masses. The reaction shows promise that new genres will continue to emerge within the MCU, but what’s more important is that the universe will continue to be ever-changing, as Feige also wants. He continued:
“I think it always and I hope will continue to vary. I enjoy very much the success of Thor: Ragnarok, and all of the articles that were being written around the release of that film that ‘the MCU has now just gone full comedy,’ ‘MCU has just embraced the full silliness and is just embracing a very eclectic, strange sense of humor.’ And I remember reading those and thinking, ‘Yes, but wait till you see Black Panther.’ And now Black Panther and the advertisements for Infinity War, ‘everything’s gonna be dark now, everything’s gonna be…’ I will say it always will vary depending on the story we wanna tell on any individual movie.”
The tone of Black Panther and Infinity War definitely shifted from the more flamboyant tone of Ragnarok, but as we know from the ending of Infinity War, everything changes from film to film. With Captain Marvel being the next unknown after Ant-Man and the Wasp, we will have to see where her origin story leads us. With half of our heroes gone right now, a hopeful tone would not be unwelcome, especially since it seems like Avengers 4 will be another film that emotional fans will need to brace themselves for.
Captain Marvel has been praised by Feige as “the most powerful superhero,” the likes of which the MCU has never seen thus far. If that doesn’t give us a feeling of hope, what will?
As for what genres and characters are coming after the ground settles from Avengers 4, Feige is leaving it up to speculation, but his apparent love of the macabre and eerie may show through in films in the future. When asked about the possibility of darker characters being added to the MCU such as Blade or Man-Thing, Feige said the following:
“I like both of those characters that you named, and I think, again, horror can mean a lot of things. Horror, did you mean a movie like Texas Chainsaw Massacre or Hostel or a Friday the 13th or a Poltergeist? Poltergeist is a little bit more my wheelhouse, that’s such a great movie and it scared the heck out of me but it’s really fun. I don’t know, I certainly would like to play with as many genres as possible.”
The upcoming film by Fox Studios, New Mutants, is being billed as a horror/thriller film, which is another step in a new direction. Perhaps the potential acquisition of Fox characters will also effect widespread change to the MCU in the future. The television realm of the MCU has certainly done well with the direct path into the dark and gritty with shows like The Punisher and Daredevil.