Seth Rogen has spoken about the difficulty facing comedy films when they have the Marvel Cinematic Universe to compete with.
The MCU is certainly the most dominant franchise in movies with its films covering myriad genres and ruling the box office. This is a slight concern for comedy movies according to writer and actor Seth Rogen.
Speaking to GamesRadar, Rogen said: “Something that me and Evan 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!
“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.”
It’s certainly a lot to compete with that’s for sure. On the one hand, if it causes filmmakers to get more creative and ambitious with their comedies, that could be a good thing. But having to compete with massive blockbusters is not going to be easy.