Cats vs. dogs, Coke vs. Pepsi, Marvel vs. DC Comics – some disputes will never be resolved. Comic book nerds have been arguing whether Batman could beat Spider-Man for decades, but both companies launching sprawling cinematic universes has taken the age-old argument mainstream. So far Marvel has won the war for critics’ hearts, but DC has held their own at the box office (Suicide Squad just surpassed Captain America: The Winter Soldier in ticket sales). So, which collection of superhero intellectual properties is superior? Well, don’t bother trying to get an answer from James Gunn!
“I just don’t find any room in my headspace for thinking my movies are superior or inferior to someone else’s. 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.”
A surprisingly diplomatic response given that Gunn has, thus far, been strictly in the Marvel camp. But hey, may as well keep your doors open! Avengers director Joss Whedon is rumored to be crossing lines to direct the upcoming Supergirl/Flash crossover, so anything can happen. As a lifelong comic book reader, I can assure you – dogmatically sticking to one side or the other in the Marvel/DC war just means fewer interesting stories for you.
James Gunn’s Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 hits theaters May 5, 2017.