After 21 films and counting, the Marvel Cinematic Universe has firmly cemented a particular idea of what a comic book movie should be in the minds of audiences all over the world. But what if you're growing weary of seeing the same stylistic values and aesthetics repeated thrice annually? That's where Todd McFarlane comes in.The outspoken co-creator of Venom and president of Image Comics isn't satisfied with the spandex-clad status quo at our nation's multiplexes. He wants to shake things up by scaring the ever-loving hell out of you and exploring corners of the comic book movie landscape that have remained largely ignored by Marvel and DC.
To do so, McFarlane wants to take one of his most famous creations, Spawn, and turn it into a grim, harrowing, and decidedly R-rated movie. So how will this be different than films likeÂ Deadpool,Â Logan, andÂ Suicide Squad? To explain, McFarlane joined me in studio to talk about how he wants to make something that will stay with you long after the credits roll.
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"Thereâ€™s no joy," McFarlane told me. "Thereâ€™s gonna be no fun lines in it, and itâ€™s just gonna be this dark, ugly two hours worth of movie, which is essentially what a lot of supernatural/horror movies are anyway. Thereâ€™s not a lot of funny in them. And that seems to be a weird hurdle for a lot of people in this city to get over because they sort of go into a superhero/Avengers default all the time."The film is currently in pre-production and we'll continue to keep you updated as we learn more.Editor's note: This video is sponsored by Fox's The Orville. Watch brand new episodes every Thursday at 9/8c on Fox.