Marvel Studios’ president, Kevin Feige recently indicated that the MCU is diving pretty deep into the horror genre.
The MCU had gone pretty dark with 2016’s Doctor Strange, and it is yet to test the waters for a full-fledged horror movie like Fox is doing with ‘The New Mutants’. Feige has admitted that he is keeping a very open mind. He had been was asked about how horror characters like Man-Thing and Blade can be translated for modern audiences:
“I like both of those characters that you named, and I think, again, horror can mean a lot of things,” Feige had said.
“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 MCU is known for the levity it has and apart from treading into darker territory, there is a question of if the properties would be R-rated. Blade was a brutal franchise for the adults. Marvel has a way to bring horror into MCU, with Netflix going gothic (Defenders and Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.) and also, by bringing back the Ghost Rider.
Feige has said that with movies like Thor: Ragnarok and Black Panther taking very different approaches, the success of these movies encourages the studio to look outside the box.