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Adam Devine Walked Back His Claim That Marvel Ruined Comedies (Even Though He's Right)

By Andrew Sanford | Film | August 9, 2023 |

By Andrew Sanford | Film | August 9, 2023 |


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If I may put on my old man glasses for a second, let me say that going to the movies used to be different! If you wanted to go to the movies, you went, and odds are, something was playing that you would be in the mood for. Comedy, horror, drama, romance, it was all there. I may be romanticizing a bygone era, but dammit, it was an exciting aspect of a different time. Now, the theaters are filled with mega-expensive films that play more like theme park rides, as Adam Devine pointed out recently.

On the ‘This Past Week’ podcast, Devine lamented what many like him have before. He said, “I feel like superhero movies ruined comedies because you go to the theater, and you expect to watch something that cost $200 million to make. Comedy movies aren’t that. So you’re like, ‘Why would I spend the same amount of money to go watch a little comedy in the theater if I can spend that and go see something that is worth $200 million?’” That makes sense, right? There’s nothing off-base or untoward about his comments. He’s stating an objectively correct opinion.

Well, the internet came for Devine. Either that or his agent let it be known that Adam may have a role in Avengers 9: Now That’s What I Call Avengers. Devine took to Twitter to clarify pretty straightforward comments.

What Devine said is not controversial in the slightest. Or at least it shouldn’t be. Marvel has become an unrepentant juggernaut, intent on suffocating audiences with mounds and mounds of content. As long as audiences keep gobbling it down, studios, being the algorithm-driven money machines they want to be, will follow suit. Small-budget comedies will be relegated to streaming services. It’s a bummer.

I went and saw The Blackening in theaters this summer and had an incredible time. The audience I was with was respectful but involved. One joke was so funny it got an applause break. Do you get moments like that with superhero movies? Sometimes. But sitting in a theater and laughing your head off with a group of strangers is a special experience that is going the way of the Dodo.

While we may never know his exact reasoning, it’s a bummer that Devine essentially took back what he said. More people need to speak out against the mega-machine that is the MCU. It is flailing at the moment, but the tide of power will not return unless people in public spaces feel free to criticize the juggernaut.