Seth Rogen is a well-known producer having co-created and served as writer, executive producer, and director for the AMC television series ‘Preacher.’ He also executive produced the Amazon Prime Video superhero series ‘The Boys’ which premiered from 2019 and ‘Invincible’ which premiered from 2021. Everyone has an opinion about Marvel movies and it appears that Seth Rogen has the strangest one yet.
It may also be exclusive to Rogen, who told Total Film that “The Boys wouldn’t exist or be interesting without Marvel,” but that he isn’t interested in watching Marvel’s prodigious output since it isn’t directed at him. “I think that Kevin Feige is a brilliant guy, and I think a lot of the filmmakers he’s hired to make these movies are great filmmakers,” Rogen said.
But as someone who doesn’t have children… It is [all] kind of geared toward kids, you know? There are times where I will forget. I’ll watch one of these things, as an adult with no kids, and be like, ‘Oh, this is just not for me.’
Part of the reason Rogen wanted his production company to launch ‘The Boys’ was because he noticed there weren’t any comic book films or series with a more mature and adult perspective for grownups. That is not a criticism of Marvel and while the MCU has its haters, ranging from Martin Scorsese to Quentin Tarantino, Rogen tackles the franchise’s controversy with a fair hand. “Truthfully, without Marvel, ‘The Boys’ wouldn’t exist or be interesting. I’m aware of that,” Rogen said.
I think if it was only Marvel [in the marketplace], it would be bad. But I think it isn’t – clearly. An example I’m always quoting is, there’s a point in history where a bunch of filmmakers would have been sitting around, being like, ‘Do you think we’ll ever make a movie that’s not a Western again? Everything’s a Western! Westerns dominate the f*cking movies. If it doesn’t have a hat and a gun and a carriage, people aren’t going to go see it anymore.’
“The situation, sadly, is that we now have two separate fields: There’s worldwide audiovisual entertainment, and there’s cinema,” Rogen added. “They still overlap from time to time, but that’s becoming increasingly rare. And I fear that the financial dominance of one is being used to marginalize and even belittle the existence of the other.”
The Boys will return for their fourth season later this year and in addition it will feature its first live-action spinoff series. The college-set Gen V will also be available on Prime Video later this year. It’ll be exciting to see what great ideas Seth has in store for us.
Regardless of what Seth said, he did admit that everyone should be able to like what they want and that if something isn’t for you, move on to something that could be. However, each work of art evokes an opinion, and because we’re talking about Marvel, it’s natural to have both detractors and followers. Keep an eye on Thirsty for the most recent updates.
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