Actor, producer, and comic book director Seth Rogen says that at their core, MCU movies like Ant-Man and Thor: Ragnarok are big budget comedies.
Actor, producer and comic book director Seth Rogen says that basically Marvel Cinematic Universe movies like The ant Man and Thor: Ragnarok are big budget comedies. Rogen is currently promoting his latest effort, An American pickle, in which he plays the dual roles of Herschel Greenbaum, an immigrant from Brooklyn who falls into a vat of pickles for 100 years, and Ben Greenbaum, Herschel’s great-grandson who lives in Brooklyn’s today and works as a mobile application developer.
The star also produced the film, the last film he and his production partner Evan Goldberg have made since their first big hit, Super bad. Other films the couple have worked on include Sausage festival, It’s the end, neighbors, and 2019 Good boys. Most of the film projects the pair have produced are mid-budget comedies that are relatively cheap and easy to produce and are almost guaranteed to make a box office return. Although none of these films, apart from maybe Neighbors, were smash hits, they all made pretty decent box office returns for their small budgets. This reflects a perceived shift towards low budget comedy films in recent years, with many, like An American pickle, debuting on streaming services thanks to a reputation comedies have for not making money at the box office.
However, Rogen believes this is not the case. Talk to GamesRadar +, the Canadian star says there are big budget comedies that are made. They’re just disguised as superhero movies. Rogen highlighted MCU movies like The ant Man and Thor: Ragnarok, as good as dead Pool saying they’re actually just big budget comedies, even starring comedians Paul Rudd and Ryan Reynolds. Rogen adds that comedy filmmakers need to be aware that if they are to make big budget movies, they are competing with Marvel. You can read his full comments below:
Something me and Evan talk about a lot is how the Marvel movies are comedies. Thor: Ragnarok is a comedy. Ant-Man is a comedy at its core. So that’s what exists. There are $ 200 million comedies out there, so that’s something to be aware of as a comedic filmmaker. It is the benchmark that people expect! If you’re going to do a big comedy, just know that your competition is like Marvel. That’s not to say you shouldn’t make these kinds of movies, but just know that this is what audiences see, and when you see these movies in theaters, they play like comedies. They are legitimately funny and celebrity comedy stars. It’s something we talk about a lot – just to be aware of it as filmmakers. These big budget movies work like comedies. Audiences still love comedy, and they want it – Deadpool – but their reach is huge. So when you don’t give them that opportunity, you have to ask yourself, “What am I offering them?” That’s why something like Good Boys works well, because we don’t offer litter. What we offer is pure comedy, emotion, relativity and nostalgia. It is the compromise. You don’t see the God of Thunder being hilarious, but you see something that maybe represents your real life, and it’s very rewarding in another way.
Of course, Rogen is right. Thor: Ragnarok was directed by Taika Waititi, who is best known for his comedies, such as What we do in the shadows and even Bunny Jojo, which featured dark and serious material, but treated it like a comedy. And it’s not just the obvious candidates. Even movies like Captain America: Civil War are crossed with humor, despite the seriousness of the overall story. As a result, moviegoers expect a mix of humor and action from their blockbusters.
Pure and simple comedies, on the other hand, are struggling more and more to find their way into the market. With most people able to watch a plethora of classic comedies on home streaming services, comedy movies have to make sure they are very good in order to make money. That’s why Rogen mentions the relatable factor. If comedies feature stories that reflect our real life, they are more likely to be successful. On the other hand, if comedies are looking to have a big budget, they will have to realize, as Rogen puts it, that they are in competition with the MCU.
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