For as long as Marvel and DC have co-existed, a debate has raged on about which comic book company is superior. Now that both companies have extended their universes to the big screen, the tireless debate continues amongst fans. Anyone who has seen a comment thread on the internet can attest to the toxicity of these discussions. Well, Marvel Studios boss Kevin Feige ain’t having this talk of rivalry, telling French news outlet AlloCiné:
There’s not really a rivalry. The rivalry is much more amongst the press, I think. Geoff Johns [DC Films co-head] 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.
What Feige is referring to is from last week, where he and Johns joined forces at the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. There, they paid tribute to legendary Superman director Richard Donner.
The two comic book movie titans mention that some of their first film jobs had them under Donner and his wife Lauren Shuler Donner, best known for producing the X-Men films. Regardless of any rivalry between corporations and loyal fans, Feige and Johns have respect for each other and share a special connection.
The first DC Extended Universe film under the watch of Johns and WB executive Jon Berg was Wonder Woman, which received critical acclaim and has made a box office splash. On this film, Feige comments:
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.
Feige is likely referring to infamous stinkers such as Catwoman and Elektra. Wonder Woman proving naysayers and studios wrong when it comes to female-led superhero movies paves the way for the upcoming Captain Marvel film. With an Oscar-winning lead actress, a female co-director, and two female screenwriters, this film can aspire to achieve the same success as Wonder Woman. And perhaps Feige can finally give the go-ahead on that Black Widow movie…
Ultimately, as Feige says, success for DC is also success for comic book movies, including Marvel movies. Having multiple successful franchises can bring the genre some respect. Not to mention that the success of one company will inspire another to create better products. Hopefully, Marvel and DC fans can live together in harmony one day. Perhaps if DC/WB’s success continues, we’ll see a DCEUExchange down the line.
Is the Marvel vs. DC rivalry just a myth? What will Wonder Woman’s success ultimately mean for Marvel Studio in the future? Leave your (hopefully) positive comments below!