Seth Rogen, who has been the torchbearer for quirky comedies in Hollywood, feels Marvel movies are creating some issues for the comedy genre in Hollywood. He raises some brilliant points in his recent interview which make a lot of sense.
Seth explains how the creative minds at Marvel have slowly started infusing very good comedy in their films. He says because of the same Marvel films become a competition for the other comedy films. This might sound disjointed at first, but read what he has to say before judging it.
In a conversation with GamesRadar, Seth Rogen says, “Something that me and [producing partner] Evan [Goldberg] talk about a lot is how Marvel movies are comedies. Thor: Ragnarok is a comedy. Ant-Man is a comedy at its core. So that’s what’s out there. There are $200 million comedies out there, and so that’s something, as a comedic filmmaker, to be aware of. That is the benchmark that people expect!”
He also adds, “If you’re going to make a big huge comedy, just know that your competition is like Marvel. Not to say you should not make those types of films, but know that’s what audiences are seeing, and that, when you see those movies in theatres, they are playing like comedies. They are legitimately funny and star comedy stars.”
Seth Rogen explains how these huge-budget films provide a huge scope along with the comedy. He says, “That’s something we talk about a lot – just to be aware of as filmmakers. These huge budget films function like comedies. Audiences still love comedy, and they want that – Deadpool – but the scope of them is huge. So when you’re not offering them that scope, you have to think, ‘What am I offering them?’ That’s why something like Good Boys does well because we’re not offering scope.”
“What we’re offering is pure comedy and emotion and relatability and nostalgia. That’s the trade-off. You don’t get to see the God of Thunder being hilarious, but you get to see something that maybe represents your actual life, and that’s very gratifying in another way,” Seth Rogen concludes his observation.