Seth Rogen: The Boys Would Not Exist Without Marvel
We all know Seth Rogen as an actor, writer, producer, and director, but what you may not know is that he is also an avid comic book fan. In a recent interview, Rogen admitted that he isn’t a huge fan of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, but is grateful for its success because it allows mature superhero shows like The Boys to exist.
As a comic book fan, Rogen said that he finds that Marvel Cinematic Universe films are geared towards kids and so doesn’t enjoy them himself. However, their prominence as more family friendly entries allows space for a counter movement to exist, allowing for mature superhero stories like The Boys to rise in popularity too.
Rogen and fellow executive producer Evan Goldberg had the same experience when The Boys comic was released, saying that audiences were now having the same reaction. The Boys is a darker tone for its world full of superheroes, with episodes like Herogasm and the upcoming Season 4 promising “the most disgusting thing” producer Stephan Fleet has ever seen in television.
Rogen was aware of the fact that without Marvel, The Boys wouldn’t exist or be interesting. He said: “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.”
Seth Rogen’s acknowledgement of the importance of Marvel in the creation of The Boys is a testament to the power of the Marvel Cinematic Universe. While Rogen may not be a fan of the MCU himself, he is grateful for its success, as it has enabled the creation of mature superhero stories like The Boys.