The Boys producer Seth Rogen spoke about the Marvel Cinematic Universe and how it has impacted Prime Video’s hit series despite not appealing to 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 told Total Film. “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.'”
While Rogen won’t be lining up to see Ant-Man 3, he does admit that The Boys wouldn’t exist in its current form without the MCU.
“I think just as naturally to us as The Boys fell into the comic-book-store landscape as a comic, we thought it would fall well into the media landscape as a TV show. But truthfully, without Marvel, The Boys wouldn’t exist or be interesting. I’m aware of that. I think if it was only Marvel, 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—ing movies. If it doesn’t have a hat and a gun and a carriage, people aren’t going to go see it anymore.'”
Prime Video’s The Boys, based on the comic book series created by Garth Ennis and Darick Robertson, is created by Evan Goldberg and Seth Rogen — who are also responsible for AMC’s Preacher — and Supernatural creator Eric Kripke. Seasons 1 to 3 are available for streaming on Prime Video and Season 4 is currently in production.