Marvel vs. DC Comics is one of those ongoing feuds that will seemingly never die and it’s reached a new level of intensity now that both companies have successful movie universes competing for moviegoers’ wallets. While Marvel has a sizable lead and enjoyed much more success with critics so far, DC is holding their own, with both of its 2016 releases — Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice and Suicide Squad — emerging as two of the biggest box office draws of the year (in fact, Suicide Squad just recently surpassed Captain America: The Winter Solider’s box office haul). Naturally, this has led to many fans declaring ‘allegiance’ to one camp or another, but if you were to ask James Gunn which side he’s on in all of this, he would probably tell you that the debate itself is stupid to begin with.
Recently, Variety asked the Guardians of the Galaxy director what he makes of the whole Marvel vs. DC war and rather than stick his flag firmly in the Marvel camp, Gunn doesn’t want anything to do with the conversation:
“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.”
While it can be easy to shovel on a particular film or franchise when it isn’t putting out great stuff — we are certainly guilty of doing this for Batman v Superman and Suicide Squad, which, for the record, are NOT good films — Gunn speaks to a desire that all reasonable comic book fans secretly have, which is for every Marvel and DC movie to be as good as possible. After all, nobody in their right mind wants a new Batman movie to be bad, and most of the negative reaction to DC’s movies in particular this year comes from a place of disappointed fandom. At the end of the day, even though Batman v Superman didn’t turn out right, it doesn’t mean that the studio’s next effort will turn out the same (we have high hopes for both Wonder Woman and Justice League).
All that being said, Guardians of the Galaxy: Vol. 2 is totally going to be the biggest spectacle movie ever and therefore, the best comic book movie of 2017. Chris Pratt said so!