Adam Devine Thinks Marvel Movies Have Spoiled Comedies By Making Them Somewhat Funny, But Not Truly Comedic

During a press tour for Netflix’s “The Out-Laws,” Adam Devine joined Theo Von’s “This Past Weekend” podcast. He discussed his viewpoint that the prevalence of humor in Marvel and superhero movies has led to a decline in traditional Hollywood comedies. Devine, known for “Workaholics” and “Pitch Perfect,” suggested that the comedic elements in Marvel films, such as the “Ant-Man” and “Guardians of the Galaxy” franchises, have essentially positioned them as the new standard for comedy in the industry.

Devine expressed his thoughts on modern comedies, lamenting their lack of humor and comedic elements. He suggested that the dominance of superhero movies, particularly by Marvel, might have contributed to this shift. Devine theorized that the expectation of high production value in theaters due to superhero films has made it harder for traditional comedy movies to compete. He noted that even in superhero movies, humor is incorporated, but it doesn’t necessarily align with what is considered a true comedy.

Devine pointed out that there used to be numerous comedies released by studios annually, resulting in around 45 comedies being shown in theaters each year. In contrast, the past year saw only about 6 or 7 comedies. He highlighted that “The Out-Laws,” produced by Adam Sandler’s Happy Madison company, harks back to the style of Hollywood comedies of the past. The movie takes an action-oriented approach similar to “Meet the Parents” and features actors like Pierce Brosnan, Nina Dobrev, and Ellen Barkin. Devine himself portrays a serious bank manager on the verge of marrying his beloved, but their relationship becomes complex due to a bank robbery at his workplace, potentially connected to his fiancĂ©’s parents. The film is currently available for streaming on Netflix.

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