In its decade-long run to date, the Marvel Cinematic Universe has shown that there really are no restrictions to the scale, scope and direction of this shared realm, and now head honcho Kevin Feige has discussed the possibility of adding a dollop of horror to the MCU.
Throughout the history of Marvel Comics, we’ve seen plentiful horror-driven characters and titles given their time in the spotlight – most notably stories guided by names such as Blade, Ghost Rider, and Doctor Strange.
When asked by ComicBook.com about whether the MCU could at some point head down a horror avenue with somebody like Blade or Man-Thing, Feige explained, “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 Hotel or 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 certainly would like to play with as many genres as possible.”
In the past few years, the landscape of comic book movies has changed slightly. Most notably, Marvel Studios has taken the action to the stars with Guardians of the Galaxy and its follow-up, and the current plan is to develop a whole Marvel Cosmic Universe that will be based around a whole array of intergalactic, otherworldly characters. Then you’ve had 20th Century Fox putting a more adult-orientated spin on proceedings with Deadpool, Logan and the upcoming Deadpool 2, not to mention going full-on horror with Josh Boone’s The New Mutants.
One of the key factors to the success of the Marvel Cinematic Universe so far is that it always attempts to keep things fresh and ever-expanding, whether that’s its roster of characters or the direction of its storytelling. As such, looking to add a splash of horror to the MCU could well be a natural and logical step.
Up next for the MCU, of course, is the hotly anticipated, game-changing Avengers: Infinity War – which hits cinemas later this week!