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The MCU has been making massive waves throughout Hollywood and the entertainment sector, raking in no less than $5 billion in the global box office.
Its made Chris Evans, Robert Downey Jr, and Mark Ruffalo into household names and mega-stars in the past decade, plus helped to make a formerly niche genre into the Hollywood blockbuster.
However, despite success after success, not everyone is a fan of Marvel Studios or its output, even people who have previously been attached to the company.
Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance co-director Brian Taylor recently spoke to ComicBook.com wherein he spoke about the current state of superhero films, and his comments weren’t exactly flattering.
“The Marvel [Studios] movies, I just don’t understand at all”, Taylor said.
“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.”
However, despite his feelings towards the MCU movies, Taylor seems to be much more excited about the prospect of the R-rated superhero films, like Logan and Deadpool.
“Logan and Deadpool were fantastic.
I think rated-R comic book movies could really work, and they can be great.”
Taylor adds how Warner Bros.’ decision to not make Suicide Squad R-rated was odd as it seemed like an “obvious” choice considering the source material.
Taylor worked on 2011’s Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance, which earned an underwhelming 17% rating on Rotten Tomatoes and only made $132 million worldwide.
Some in the industry have stated Taylor’s words are merely sour grapes considering how successful the MCU has been without his movie’s credit added to the mix.
And despite the lacklustre reception, Taylor would be willing to directing another comic book film if the opportunity arouse, as long as the project is able to make him feel like he used to whilst reading comics as a kid.