DC and Marvel have been at war for comic book supremacy for decades. And, with Warner finally unleashing the DC Cinematic Universe into the silver screen, that intense rivalry is now playing in front of our eyes in live-action format.
Of course, so far, Marvel is obviously way ahead. The Marvel Cinematic Universe is a rousing success, churning out one blockbuster after another, and, if you think about it, there are two major film franchises that have its origins with the comic book company, with FOX's X-Men franchise also in play. Sadly, though, because of studio rivalry and copyright, they are not interconnected. (But we can still hope, right?)
DCU is still just three movies down, the film franchise is still relatively young, and it still has a chance to catch up. Besides, long before the MCU was formed, DC superheroes had already made their debut in our cinema and TV screens, although the various film series were never interconnected with the ambition of universe-building.
It's only natural for us to believe that the various people working on both mega-franchises would be driven to competition, just like two major sports team that have met on the field several times.
This is not the case, though, for James Gunn, who served as both writer and director for Marvel's Guardians of The Galaxy Vol. 1, and its upcoming sequel, Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2.
Just like any good artist, all he wants to do is to deliver well with his current project.
Speaking at the Variety Studio presented by AirBNB during a promotion for his new movie The Belko Experiment, the director spoke of what he thought of the rivalry.
“I just don’t find any room in my headspace for thinking my movies are superior or inferior to someone else’s,” Gunn said. “I really just think about how can I make, for instance right now, how can I make Guardians Vol. 2 the greatest spectacle film of all time? That’s all I care about so that’s what I concentrate on. I don’t really think about Marvel versus DC. And also any time a Marvel movie comes out that isn’t as good as I wished it was or anytime a DC movie comes out that isn’t as I wished it was, I’m disappointed because I love these characters. I grew up reading Marvel and DC comics. I want them all to be good.”
Well, that's nice, isn't it? I wished everyone though of it that way.