Indie directing duo Mark and Jay Duplass have revealed in a new interview with Vulture that one time Marvel Studios came knocking at their door at one time, but they turned down the offer.
Mark Duplass says: “There was a moment where Marvel was interested in us taking on one of their properties. It would have been a $150 to $180 million-dollar budget and about three years of our lives.” Jay added: “‘We own you’ essentially.”
Mark continues: “To be a little Sundance filmmaker tapped by Marvel felt incredible. But the amount of stuff we could make over those three years, the relationships we could forge with younger filmmakers.” Jay adds: “We’d have to give that all up.”
Marvel has hired some talented indie directors in the past and they have paid the biggest creative dividends for the studio and their best films – The Russo Brothers (“Captain America: The Winter Soldier”), Jon Watts (“Spider-Man: Homecoming”), James Gunn (“Guardians of the Galaxy”), Taika Waititi (“Thor: Ragnarok”), and Ryan Coogler (“Black Panther”).
One big complication was that they were also at the wrong phases of their lives – having had kids and so their family duties stopped them from being chained to a studio.