Mark and Jay Duplass have made a humble name for themselves in recent years as the kings of mumblecore films. The pair has produced, written, directed, and starred in a number of independent films over the past decade including “Jeff Who Lives at Home” and “Creep.” The dynamic duo disclosed in a recent interview that they were offered the opportunity to direct a film from the Marvel Cinematic Universe, but they took a hard pass.

Mark divulged to "Vulture" that the movie in question would have cost between $150 and $180 million dollars to make and would require roughly three years’ of their lives. The “Safety Not Guaranteed” star also explained the difficulties and sacrifices that come with filmmaking and how important it is to find a work-life balance.

The freedom to which the brothers have become accustomed during the creation of their previous independent films ultimately led to their refusal to be part of the Marvel Universe.

Flattered nonetheless

The Mindy Project” stars admit they were flattered by the notion of being sought after for such an enormous project, but they were not willing to forfeit their freedom to do so.

The brothers tend to produce Movies quicker than most filmmakers and could easily release a number of varying projects in the three years it would take just to make one Marvel film. In the interview, Mark mentioned his reluctance to give up the potential to forge relationships with young filmmakers and to create a high volume of movies over the course of those 36 months.

Families to consider

The Duplass brothers also stated that they have their own families to think about.

According to Jay, a large issue was the fact that he and Mark already had young kids by the time they began making films. "We were changing diapers and making lunches, so we couldn’t be the concubine of a studio at this stage in our lives,” he said.

Declined movie unknown

Fans have been speculating as to what movie the Duplasses would have produced had they accepted the offer from Marvel Studios. Given that the offer was made before 2015, it is possible they were considered for the production of "Ant Man" or "Spider-Man: Homecoming," both films featuring comedic elements which would have lent themselves well to the Duplass brothers' directing style.

New Netflix deal

Instead of the endeavor with Marvel Studios, the “Rainbow Time” producers signed a four-picture agreement with Netflix in 2015 and have reportedly signed a new deal with the online streaming service for another four films. They two have also just released a book called “Like Brothers.”