DC has been looking for their own Kevin Feige, and they think they have it in James Gunn and Peter Safran. Now Kevin Feige responds to the news that James Gunn is in charge of the DCEU. Gunn of course got a big break from Kevin Feige when he was hired to bring his vision to life for Guardians of the Galaxy. That movie remains one of my favorite MCU movies so far. After also writing and directing the sequel, there were rumors that Feige wanted Gunn to take on a larger role and help flesh out the cosmic side of the MCU. Of course Gunn was then fired, and rehired by Disney due to some old Twitter comments from his rebellious youth.
Whilst Gunn was fired, he got the offer to go make The Suicide Squad for WB/D and took his first steps into the DCEU. For whatever reason, cooler heads prevailed at Disney. Gunn was brought back to make the finale to his Guardians of the Galaxy trilogy. However it never felt like Gunn’s long term future was with Marvel. Outside of Guardians Gunn’s other projects were all DC based. The in the last few days we got word that Gunn , alongside Peter Safran would be heading up the DCEU. So what does his old boss Feige think? K.E.V.I.N 1.0 spoke with Deadline at the recent Black Panther: Wakanda Forever premiere and was asked about his thoughts on the Gunn news?
“Yes, yes. Ah, well, he has got a lot of work to do for Marvel between now and May, which he is well aware of. But after that, I’ll be first in line to see anything he does.”
You can find the very short video below. Of course the Marvel work Feige is talking about is for the upcoming trilogy capper Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3. The movie is set for release this May. Until then Gunn will be working on getting the movie ready, plus the Holiday Special that’s out in around a Month’s time for the Xmas season. However, we also know Gunn officially start his new position at DC on November 1st. Therefore Gunn will have to juggle some plates between both Studios for a while. Though after Guardians 3 is released, Gunn will then be in an exclusive contract with DC. That means we should not expect anything Marvel related from Gunn for at least the four years his contract runs. Perhaps never again?
Was there ever any doubt Feige would be happy for Gunn? After all, it was Feige who went to bat (reportedly) to get Gunn rehired to finish his trilogy. If it was up to Feige, I doubt Gunn would have had the chance to move to DC. I think Feige would have kept him at Marvel. Guess what is Marvel’s loss is DC’s gain? I enjoyed The Suicide Squad and loved Peacemaker even more. Therefore I’m excited to see what Gunn comes up with. Not only from Gunn’s own mind, but what pitches he approves as the new creative boss of the DCEU. Like Feige, I will be there to see whatever Gunn produces next, because I just admire him as a filmmaker.
What do you think of his comments as Kevin Feige responds to the news that James Gunn is in charge of the DCEU? As always, thoughts below.