If you still don’t believe that Marvel Studios and DC Films aren’t rooting for each other to succeed, then look no further to Marvel President Kevin Feige’s latest comments. During recent press for the upcoming Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2, it was revealed that The Avengers director Joss Whedon contacted Marvel Studios for their blessings before signing on to write and direct the upcoming live-action Batgirl movie:
“He called a couple months ago, which he didn’t have to do and was super cool of him and super nice of him,” Feige said. “And we couldn’t be more supportive. We want to see a Joss Whedon Batgirl film be awesome.”
Whedon fulfilled his contract with Marvel after Avengers: Age of Ultron, therefore he had no obligation to call the studio before signing on for Batgirl. This move was a sign of respect from Whedon towards the studio that gave him the chance to direct the biggest comic book film at the time, and its sequel. I think this was a great move on Whedon’s part, and make me further respect him as a filmmaker.
Regardless of which comic book universe is your preference, as a fan you should hope that all comic book films succeed. Fans and general audiences are currently enjoying a blockbuster era that’s dominated by the genre. And for that genre to last as long as it possibly can means continuing to push the boundaries of creativity to make these films feel fresh. Deadpool and Logan are two of the latest examples of this, and although Feige praises their success, it’s not because of their R-rating, which Marvel has no intentions of taking on:
“My takeaway from both of those films is not the R rating, it’s the risk they took, the chances they took, the creative boundaries that they pushed,” Feige explained. “That should be the takeaway for everyone.”
Marvel’s latest film, James Gun’s Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 is currently receiving positive early reactions and will be released next month on May 5th.