A moderator for Reddit's Marvel Studios subreddit attended a pre-screening of Avengers: Age of Ultron over a week ago. Afterwards, there was a Q&A session with Marvel President Kevin Feige and director Joss Whedon and he jotted down some interesting notes from it and then posted them online yesterday.
If you were hoping Marvel films might put their patented humor on the back burner for Avengers: Infinity War Parts 1 or 2 you are out of luck. Feige has no interest in going really dark with the MCU.
There is no dark turn in the MCU. He says every year fans come up to him and ask him if this movie is when the MCU goes "dark" or takes a "dark" turn. He said while the trailers may seem ominous or have a sense of impending doom, the movies do not have that feel, and will not. He said he "Hoped people would catch on by now" - there will be no giant dark turns in the MCU where it then continues to head in that direction. The humor is in the DNA of the movies, there are no plans to change that.
It's unfortunate that the darker edge Marvel brought to Daredevil won't seep into the MCU. But then again, that is what Netflix is for.
Have you ever wondered why Marvel films open up overseas before they hit stateside? Feige says that is because "many countries have holidays end of April, so it made sense to open it early" and that it "allowed distributors to tout foreign numbers going into domestic release."
This story has been updated. The reddit moderator originally passed along the message that Feige renewed his contract with Marvel, but isn't accurate.
I've received some questions about the contract renewal comment - he said that some of the actor's contract have been renewd, not Kevin Feige's. This information is spreading and I do not want to spread wrong information, so please correct this.