Former Marvel filmmaker Brian Taylor, who co-directed Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance, is not impressed with Marvel Studios films, admitting that he is bored by their movies.
Over the span of 10 years, the Marvel Cinematic Universe has produced over 15 films and counting, maintaining an impressive streak of coming out with hit after hit after hit. In 2018, they have another three projects on the docket, including their culminating blockbuster, Avengers: Infinity War set for a May release, which as early as now is already drawing so much attention. But the franchise is not without fault – there is the recurring villain problem, as well as the too-formulaic three-part narrative. While some are usually more forgiving about these considering the fun factor their projects always have, others are more critical of it, including the Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance co-director.
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Speaking with ComicBook, Taylor got candid about his thoughts on the current landscape of the superhero movie genre and he is not too thrilled about it. The director particularly cited the Marvel Studios movies as tedious and monotonous, a criticism that is not new with regard to MCU films:
“The Marvel [Studios] movies, I just don’t understand at all. I have to be honest, they seem very long to me, I’ve got to be careful the way I say this. I just don’t get them. I’m kind of bored with them and I just don’t find them particularly entertaining. I think they’re really well made in terms of craft. The action is really good. They’re technically really great. They have a lot of actors that I love. But I just don’t get it.”
Despite his criticisms of the MCU, he maintains that he is still interested in comic book properties. Being a reader while growing up, he shared that if there is another opportunity to work on a big screen adaptation that tickles his fancy, he will be open to doing it. While he did not specifically reveal any IP on his wish list, he has a penchant for R-rated flicks such as Fox’s hits Deadpool and Logan.
“For one thing, I kind of like making rated R movies. They don’t make too many of those. Logan and Deadpool were fantastic. I think rated R comic book movies could really work, and they can be great. I don’t know why Suicide Squad was not rated R. That just seemed like an obvious movie that should be rated R.”
With Disney buying certain TV and film divisions of 21st Century Fox, characters like Deadpool and the rest of the X-Men will fall under the supervision of Marvel Studios – a situation that has been welcomed by a lot of Marvel fans but has unsettled others, particularly those who have the same perspective about the MCU as Taylor. Some are wondering what will happen with R-rated projects from Fox since they are traditionally off-brand for the House of Mouse. Admittedly, it’s unknown how Feige and his team will incorporate the rich roster of characters that they will soon manage in a way that they co-exist in the MCU. But word has it that the studio chief is thrilled about the acquisition. In the meantime, easing people’s worries is company CEO Bob Iger’s recent comment about wanting to continue making Deadpool sequels presumably without mellowing down the property’s raunchiness, which proved to be a hit for fans as seen in Ryan Reynold’s first outing as the Merck with a Mouth.
Taylor is only the latest filmmaker in the last several months to chastise the Marvel Studios machine. Filmmakers John Landis and David Fincher criticized the movie company on separate occasions and for different reasons. More recently Jodie Foster also offered her not-so-positive insight regarding the popularity of superhero movies in general, to which Guardians of the Galaxy director James Gunn respectfully responded.
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