James Gunn Weighs in on the Marvel vs DC Debate

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September 20th, 2016

It seems that any time Marvel or DC projects are discussed in the media, whether they’re movies, comic books, or something in between, there’s a divide between some fans who prefer one over the other. There’s a belief that Marvel is smoother, but DC is darker, or that Marvel is funnier, but that DC is more diverse. But there are plenty of fans who are simply comic book lovers at heart and want to see both succeed. When asked about pitting Marvel and DC against one another, James Gunn seems to be the latter.

Gunn, who is the director and writer for Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy movies, grew up reading comic books from multiple publishers and he’s always been a lover of the genre. He and Greg McLean stopped by Variety to talk about another movie of theirs, The Belko Experiment, which just got a distribution deal, and the talk turned to comic book movies. When Gunn was pressed to show a preference for Marvel or DC, he didn’t take the chance to talk up the studio he’s currently working with as some directors (and actors) have done in the past, but instead explained that he wants all the movies to be good, telling Variety:

“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 [of the Galaxy] 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.”

If only more people working in the world of comic book movies felt the same way.

Up next in the comic book world, on the big screen that is, is Doctor Strange for Marvel. The Sorcerer Supreme comes to theaters on November 4. In 2017 Marvel has Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2, Spider-Man: Homecoming, and Thor: Ragnarok landing in theaters. DC, through their deal with Warner Bros, has Wonder Woman and Justice League arriving in theaters in 2017.

On the television front, Marvel has Agents of SHIELD, premiering tonight on ABC, and Luke Cage debuting on Netflix later this month. Iron Fist and The Defenders are set for Netflix in 2017. For DC, though its television shows aren’t connected to the movies, there’s plenty more inspired by comics coming sooner, rather than later. Gotham returned to television last night on FOX while Arrow, The Flash, Legends of Tomorrow, and Supergirl all return to the CW in October.

For those who like something other than the mainstream heroes, there are even more comic book properties on the way with The Walking Dead coming back to AMC in October and iZombie returning for season three on the CW in 2017. Preacher also returns to AMC in 2017 and Riverdale will debut on the CW while Powerless debuts on NBC next year as well. There are plenty of comic book stories for everyone.