When the Marvel Cinematic Universe began, it was all quips and lighthearted superhero action. Now we've got all kinds of brutal happenings going on in the franchise, which begs the question: Is the MCU getting darker? The Avengers and their cohorts are coming up against universe-ending baddies now, and there have been numerous times in the series where the MCU has gone a bit more serious than its comic book counterparts.
For example, Thanos's Infinity Gauntlet snap in the comics doesn't turn people to ash when they disappear... they just, you know, disappear. And the Starks aren't brutally slain by the Winter Soldier in the middle of the night. And Aunt May isn't killed off by a Green Goblin pumpkin bomb. And don't even get us started on Ego giving Meredith Quill cancer on purpose. The comic books have plenty of dark moments, too, but it seems like they can't hold a candle to what's going on in the MCU.
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