Based on how the folk of the internet appear to act, you could easily believe that there was some kind of Crusade-type war going on between Marvel and DC and whilst some of the actors who appear in the films do like to fan the flames (*cough* Mackie and Momoa *cough*) it doesn’t appear that it matter to the others.
This was recently evident in the way that many of the MCU actors and directors congratulated Warner Bros. and Patty Jenkins on the huge success with Wonder Woman. But what does the godfather of the MCU, Kevin Feige, believe?
As part of the marketing for the upcoming Spider-Man: Homecoming, Feige took part in a Facebook live interview with AlloCiné (that we managed to transcribe). During the interview he was asked about the supposed rivalry with the DCEU, to which the producer revealed:
“There’s not really a rivalry. The rivalry is much more amongst the press, I think. Geoff Johns is a very good friend of mine. We grew up together in the business and recently celebrated Richard Donner, who we both used to work for. So, I applaud all the success he’s had. I really just look at it as a fan. When the movies perform well and are well received, it’s good for us – which is why I’m always rooting for them.”
The DCEU has definitely found success in the form of Wonder Woman, which is currently sitting on a 93% rating on Rotten Tomatoes and a total haul of $438 Million. In regards to the film and its success, Feige explained:
“The success of Wonder Woman is wonderful. It makes us incredibly happy. Finally, we can put to rest the falsehood that audiences don’t want to see female characters. We never believed that was true. There were a run of movies that just weren’t very good 10-15 years ago that caused that reputation. I’m glad that Wonder Woman has blown that away.”
The idea that audiences are open to female led films will definitely benefit Marvel, seeing as 2019 will see the release of Captain Marvel, with Brie Larson taking on the lead role of Carol Danvers, better known as Captain Marvel.
It’s definitely good to see that there are no hard feelings between the two studios. In fact, Feige and Geoff Johns were both present at a ceremony honoring Superman director Richard Donner, having both worked for the man. Here’s hoping that this comradely soon spreads to the fans as well – so we see less hatred and arguments in the future. A man can dream.