In a recent interview, the writer and producer of moon knight Beau DeMayo He talked about the dark tone of the series and if at some point Marvel Studios made them hit the brakes.
DeMayo compared the darkness present in the series with that of the emotional trauma of Avengers: Endgameand how the key to not overreacting is to keep the characters aware of the morality of their actions, making sure there is always a moral barometer.
When you look at the emotional trauma that you see in Avengers: Endgame, the MCU has also gone to some pretty dark places that went to the edge, I think, of what kids are used to seeing. I think it was always a matter of making sure that we were doing it in the service of the story, and that the story was always aware of the morality of the actions, that if Marc is brutally attacking a group of thugs, the audience doesn’t necessarily think which is great. That you have Steven saying, ‘Marc, stop, stop.’ You have a kind of moral barometer that guides the audience so that they never feel gratuitous or exploitative.
The writer also confirmed that they never really got anywhere where Marvel told them to back down for being too dark.
No, I have to say that Jeremy Slater created and hired a group of writers who, in my opinion, are still some of the best writers I’ve ever worked with in the industry. We were already, especially Jeremy himself, we were already asking these questions. So we never got to a place where Grant Curtis, who was the producer on Moon Knight, and Nick Pepin, who was the junior producer, helped us out, where they were like, ‘Bah, you guys are getting too dark here.’