After the success of both Deadpool and Logan, studios are getting encouraged to release darker comic book movies. However, Marvel Studios will not go down the R-rated route. Kevin Feige recently revealed that the company will continue to create kid-friendly movies in the foreseeable future.
Heroes for Adults
Ryan Reynolds’ Deadpool and Hugh Jackman’s Logan became critical darlings and box office successes despite their R-ratings. In fact, making both movies for adults only contributed to their successes because it allowed the filmmakers to thread territories that have not been explored in other comic book movies.
However, Feige assured that Marvel Studios has no plans to make R-rated movies any time soon. In an interview with a group of reporters (including The Hollywood Reporter), the studio president talked about upcoming movies.
The studio head talked about the next phase of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, including the possibility of an R-rating. As mentioned, the common denominator in Deadpool and Logan is the R-rating, but Feige learned something else from watching the two movies dominate the box office.
“My takeaway from both of those films is not the R rating; it’s the risk they took, the chances they took, the creative boundaries that they pushed,” he stated. “That should be the takeaway for everyone.”
Feige also pointed out that breaking the fourth wall is what made Deadpool stand out among the sea of superhero movies. Whereas , the finality of the story of Wolverine is part of what makes the movie so good.
But the studio’s continuous success over the years is one of the factors that lets them continue whatever they are doing. Other franchises, while they do not perform well in the U.S., break records at the international box office. China, in particular, is a good market for blockbuster movies. That is why movies such as Transformers employ Chinese actors and locations.
Humor Over Foul-Mouthed Leads
What Marvel will keep doing, however, is make the audience laugh. There is always some level of humor in the studio’s superhero movies, but this year’s releases seem to amp up the comedy.
Take, for example, Taika Waititi’s Thor: Ragnarok. The trailer (which broke Marvel and Disney records) was significantly funnier than the teasers for its predecessors. Tom Hiddleston and Idris Elba talked about the more humorous take on the God of Thunder in the past.
But Feige insisted that the humor in their movies are not, in any way, forced. “We don’t sit there and say, ‘We need 15 jokes in the first 45 pages,'” he stated. Instead, these movies are naturally entertaining.
Moreover, it is what helps the studio gauge whether the movie will work or not when the special effects have been laid out. He pointed out that it is awfully painful to watch Guardians of the Galaxy without Groot or Rocket Raccoon or any of their ships. However, it tested well among the audience.
The studio head understands that making people laugh is one way to win their hearts. Then, that is what a filmmaker can hit them with a touching scene. By making the audience laugh, the movie was able to make them care about a talking tree or a really violent raccoon. “Humor is the secret into the audience’s other ranges of emotions,” he added.
Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2
In the next few weeks, James Gunn’s Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 will hit theaters worldwide. It brings back Peter Quill/Star-Lord (Chris Pratt) and his band of misfits including Gamora (Zoe Saldana), Drax (Dave Bautista), Baby Groot and Rocket Raccoon on a new mission to save the galaxy one more time. This time, their team has recruited new members like Mantis (Pom Klementieff), Yondu (Michael Rooker) and former nemesis Nebula (Karen Gillan). Sylvester Stallone, Elizabeth Debicki, Chris Sullivan and Kurt Russell also star. The movie will open on May 5.