The director of The Last Avengers defends the overdose of humor in the MCU

Joe Russo, co-director ofavengers endgamedefended the humorous overdose in the MCU movies.

The Marvel Cinematic Universe has been defined, over the years, by a distinctive sense of humor whose origins date back to the first Iron Man in 2008. An unfinished script at the time of filming together with director Jon Favreau’s comic roots have thus been able to exploit the talent of improvisation and the natural sarcasm of Robert Downey Jr. It is not really a cover for Tony Stark, but Let’s go ). And it is true that the millionaire playboy’s ill-timed taunts had reason to smile.

Building on the success of the foundation stone in building the Marvel empire, the studio set about reproducing these multiple traits of mind, the installation of which is confirmed in the first Avengers. The humorous banter exchanged between the Avengers will therefore complete setting up what would become the famous (and sometimes maligned) hallmark of the MCU. A stamp that Joe Russo justified in Deadline :

“Do I look like I’m fucking around?”

“Well, yeah, the magic formula of Marvel is that Kevin Feige likes movies to be entertaining, you know? And entertainment usually includes some humor. Kevin really likes to try movies with audiences, he likes to sit in the test screenings and watching viewers’ reactions in real time. It allows us to better understand, “Okay, every two minutes the movie amuses them a little bit” and it’s a pretty effective way for him to judge what the movie will do in theaters. So I think yes, humor is very important to him.”

Joe Russo is right, Marvel humor is popular and generally works well, no one will argue otherwise. After all, it’s not for nothing that so many other studios struggle to reproduce this same levity in their own productions. However, if it is true that some blagounette here and there has never killed anyone, comic overdose may also suit the overall tone of a story. Regularly, Marvel’s jokes don’t quite hit the mark, or even weaken the tension of the most dramatic scenes.

Avengers: Age of Ultron: photo, Mark Ruffalo, Scarlett Johansson, Chris HemsworthWe’re clearly kidding here

Beyond the joke itself, a humorous trait still depends largely on its timing, which the Marvel movies sometimes seem to gloss over. The stakes in movies sometimes seem to be set aside in favor of an immediate reaction from viewers. Chief defendant in the bar of this court of derision: Avengers: Age of Ultron which, beyond being a fundamentally mediocre film, is the most to blame in terms of misplaced humor.

But let’s not spit in the soup. The UCM has also been able to take advantage of its lightness to address serious issues without falling into pathos. like the carnage of colonialism with Black Panthermourning with Spiderman: Far From Home, or even, spread over several films, the severity of post-traumatic stress through the prism of Tony Stark. So we’ll (but only partially) forgive Kevin Feige for sometimes confusing entertainment with fun.


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