Ever since Marvel introduced Iron Man to the silver screen, they have been on an absolute roll in the movie theaters. The company has experienced utmost success, regardless of who, or what (Groot) is in the movie. However, success doesn't guarantee perfection. And absolutely no movie is without its flaws. Despite the massive hit Marvel movies are, the good majority of them have had surprisingly light tones. Here are 5 reasons as to why I think the Marvel Cinematic Universe needs to be darker.
1. Better Plot
Arguably the two greatest superhero movies of all time both came out in 2008. The Dark Knight, and Iron Man, each came with a dark tone. In a lot of people's minds, they are the best of the best. Both of these films had a dark and gritty tone, and dealt with things other than the simple "Good Guy vs. Bad Guy" routine. For example, Iron Man was not only a superhero movie, it also had important themes in it, such as the government, the military, and terrorists. And while The Dark Knight didn't deal with terrorists, it still had other topics. Ever since Disney took over Marvel, there has been a noticeable change in their movies, which brings me to my next point...
2. It's Partially Disney's Fault
Once Disney bought Marvel, all the other themes that existed in Iron Man were never to be seen again in another Marvel movie. And it's unfortunate because those were some of the factors that made it so enjoyable. Without them, you're left with only two buns and a patty, no extra details or anything. Just plain and boring. After the success of the first Iron Man movie, there were rumors floating around that the director, Jon Favreau, was really interested in adapting the infamous "Demon in a Bottle" storyline to the big screen. "Demon in a Bottle" is considered among many fans to be the best Iron Man comic of all time. It's most known for Tony Stark having to deal with the stress of being an alcoholic, and how he copes with it. Iron Man 2 was extremely loosely based off this. The only part that made it into the movie was Justin Hammer, who supplies suits to the villain. However, Disney said that they don't want those kinds of issues in their movies, so it never happened. I believe this would've been a much better route to take than what happened for the sequel.
Would you have preferred "Demon in a Bottle" for Iron Man 2?
3. Better Villain
Lets admit it, the villains in the Marvel Cinematic Universe have been less than scary. Loki basically comes across as one big laughingstock, and Ultron, despite the fact that the trailers made him look menacing, ended up being the complete opposite, and actually said quite a few jokes. It makes it feel as if the heroes are never actually in any danger at all. Heath Ledger's masterful portrayal of the Joker will probably go down in the top three comic book movie portrayals of all time. He's the main reason why The Dark Knight is so well received. Obviously, if you have a light movie, you're going to get a non-scary villain.
4. They'll have to for Civil War and Infinity War
With both of these dealing with death, sorrow, and loss, I think Marvel will have to make significant changes. If people are going to see movies about Captain America and Iron Man basically fighting to the death, and the Avengers trying to eliminate a god-like being unlike anything they've ever faced before, the audience is going to want to see action, not a whole bunch of cheesy, terrible one-liners. It just doesn't work well with how the comic's are written.
5. Follow the Formula
Considered by many to be the greatest superhero film of all time, Christopher Nolan's The Dark Knight, has a very thick plot to it, and barely has any humor at all. Not only that, but Heath Ledger as the Joker made the movie a bit edgy with his disturbing portrayal. The film added a sense of realism to Batman, and reminded everyone that he's actually just a regular guy. Sure, he does have billions of dollars, but that's beside the point. So, why doesn't Marvel take a page out of DC's book, and make their films grittier, darker, and more realistic?