It feels like every filmmaker throws out their opinion about Marvel and what it does for Hollywood movies these days.
Another one has entered the mix, but Seth Rogen doesn’t have the contempt some of his peers have for the Disney-owned superhero brand.
In a new interview with Total Film magazine (via Games Radar), the filmmaker offers up his take on the landscape of comic book-related media, something he’s worked on in projects like Amazon’s The Boys and Invincible and AMC’s Preacher.
Rogen holds nothing back but respects what Marvel does overall, even if he feels like it’s not his target demographic. “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 tells the outlet. “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.'”
Rogen does acknowledge his series, The Boys, would only exist with Marvel Studios’ impact. “Truthfully, without Marvel, The Boys wouldn’t exist or be interesting. I’m aware of that. I think if it was only Marvel [in the marketplace], it would be bad. But I think it isn’t – clearly,” says Rogen.
He concludes, “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 fucking movies. If it doesn’t have a hat and a gun and a carriage, people aren’t going to go see it anymore.”
The Boys Season 4 will drop later this year alongside a new spin-off series titled Gen V. Marvel Studios will see their next blockbuster later this month with Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania.