Marvel Studios president Kevin Feige has indicated that the Marvel Cinematic Universe diving deep into the horror genre is something that's "possible."
The MCU already went dark and supernatural with 2016's Doctor Strange, but it's yet to test the waters of full-fledged horror, as Fox is doing with The New Mutants movie. However, Feige admits that he's keeping an open mind, especially when asked about how horror characters like Blade and Man-Thing could 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 said in an interview with ComicBook. "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 has been known for its levity, but apart from going into darker territory, there's also the question of if these properties will be R-rated. Blade was a brutal and gory franchise for adults, for example. However, Marvel has found a way to bring horror to the MCU, with the Netflix universe going gothic in Defenders and Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. bringing the Ghost Rider back; all without an R-rated strategy.
Feige, though, maintained that with films such as Thor: Ragnarok and Black Panther taking different approaches to the superhero narrative, their success encourages the studio to look outside the box and at different genres.