We were due for our first horror/suspense superhero film in a while this year, New Mutants. The film has been pushed back to 2019 though. Todd MacFarlane is also in the process of giving us a rated-R Spawn film under Blumhouse. We’ve seen the Blade Trilogy that had many horror nods and gave us some great horror elements. We can also never forget about Hellboy, even though the films weren’t necessarily scary, his roots still are horror. DC has also been trying to get a Justice League Dark film into production for a while, so I’m sure more is coming. Now, it seems Marvel may explore the genre as well in the near (or far) future.
There are many characters in Marvel that have horror roots in the comics. Blade, Man-Thing, Ghost Rider, are just a few examples. They could have done this with Doctor Strange and used Knightmare as the villain, but instead opted for another route. Maybe in the future, we’ll get a film similar to the Hulk: Where the Monsters Dwell animated feature. There are several routes to take and several ways to go about this. Kevin Feige was asked recently about Blade and Man-Thing by Comicbook.
This was his reply:
“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.”
Marvel has dabbled in many genres but has yet to go to horror. It seems like Feige is all for it which means it will most likely happen. The only problem with horror movies is that you need a certain kind of director for those. A James Wan MCU horror film would be absolutely amazing, as he is currently one of the best guys in the genre. You could also look to Guillermo Del Toro who has plenty of experience in the horror/superhero department as he’s directed Blade II and both Hellboy films. I’m sure there are plenty of directors that would accept the offer if Marvel extended to them for the opportunity to make a horror film under their umbrella.
What do you guys think? Are you interested in a horror film in the MCU? Let us know what you think @SuperBroMovies!
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