Marvel Studios has pleased a lot of people over the past 10 years. Critics, hardcore fans, and general audiences have all mostly enjoyed the studio’s output. It remains true, however, that you really can’t please everyone, including a co-director behind one of the absolute worst superhero movies of all time.
Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance co-director Brian Taylor tells Comicbook.com that he just doesn’t understand the appeal of the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
“The Marvel [Studios] movies, I just don’t understand at all. 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.”
One can easily understand why Taylor sees MCU movies as being overlong. After all, the dumpster fires that burn brightest also burn fastest. His Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance clocks in at 96 minutes, shorter than any Marvel Studios movie. It’s a lean, mean, nonsensical machine that is crazy enough to make any superhero film look “boring” by comparison.
In addition to brevity, Taylor also enjoys mature content in his comic book movies.
“Logan and Deadpool were fantastic. I think rated R comic book movies could really work, and they can be great. I don’t know why Suicide Squad was not rated R. That just seemed like an obvious movie that should be rated R.”
Logan and Deadpool really are good comic book movies, so all is not lost. As for Taylor’s take on the MCU, to each their own. If you would like to check out more of Taylor’s own work, you can watch Happy!, the new series he created for SyFy.