We chatted to Paul Feig ahead of the release of his latest feature, 'Last Christmas', which hits cinemas Friday.
Feig would be best-known for the film 'Bridesmaids' but has directed a lot of comedy classics over the years. 'The Heat' and 'Spy' both found popularity while his latest, 'A Simple Favor', also proved a hit.
In our interview with the director, we asked what he thought about the discussions surrounding Marvel movies at the moment.
In case you missed it, Martin Scorsese made headlines last month when he said Marvel movies were "not cinema" and compared them to theme parks. Since then, he somewhat backtracked his comments, calling them "enjoyable", and a "new art form." Then he wrote an essay on the subject matter again.
Marvel chief Kevin Feige has weighed in on the comments as have the likes of Francis Ford Coppola, Ken Loach and James Gunn, who have alternately bashed or stood up for the MCU.
As for Feig, he's all for superhero movies.
He tells us: "I think any movie that does a good job with an audience is artful and is cinematic. I think those [Marvel] movies are very cinematic and are very artfully put together. They come from a pre-existing intellectual property but there’s nothing wrong with that. I think that any movie that entertains and hits its mark with an audience is a valid and great movie, and I’m in support of all movies."
As for whether he’d ever consider directing a Marvel movie himself, Feig said: "I might. My only thing with superheroes is I have a hard time relating to them sometimes. I like making movies about people who can get hurt, for lack of a better word. So if I know when they’re going to be actually hurt, then I can relate, but if a superhero gets punched through the building and the building falls on them and they crawl out, then I’m like ‘ok, so when are they really hurt? I know he looks sore…’
"So I prefer to make movies about humans but that said, it all depends on the script. I thought ‘Iron Man’ was one of the greatest movies of all time."
Having recently criticised Netflix for its new speed-up feature, Feig also revealed what he really thinks of the streaming service.
You can check out our full interview with Paul Feig below: