What "contemporary" themes has the MCU embraced? Marvel's history goes back to 1939 with the first appearances of The Human Torch and the Sub-Mariner in Marvel Mystery Comics #1. Have you read any comics since the 80s? DC's Vertigo line pretty much blew what Marvel was doing out of the water. They also gave us The Dark Knight Returns,Sandman and Watchmen which pretty much changed the comics landscape forever. The recent Watchmen series on HBO and Titans and Doom Patrol on DC Universe blows most of Marvel's offering on the small and large screen away. All are much more "radical" than Marvel's output. Legion is about the only radical thing "Marvel" has done on TV and that was under the Fox banner.