Superhero movies are arguably the most popular genre in filmmaking at the moment, with tons of studios attempting to get in on the action with their own shared universe. And since so many comic book stories are being adapted for the silver screen, actors like Ryan Reynolds, Josh Brolin, and Peter Dinklage have hadroles in multiple universes. That trend is about to continue, as Guardians of the Galaxy director James Gunn is set to write and possibly direct DC's Suicide Squad 2.
James Gunn's involvement in Suicide Squad 2 is a game changer, as his vision and sense of humor are what made the Guardians of the Galaxy franchise such a fan favorite of the MCU. Disney's firing of Gunn has remained a hot discussion since it went down in July of 2018, and now Marvel Studios' Kevin Feige has responded to Gunn's Suicide Squad gig, saying:
What a class act. Kevin Feige doesn't seem to have any hard feelings for James Gunn over his unceremonious departure from the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Furthermore, he's taken this opportunity to once again stress that there's no rivalry between the MCU and DC Universe.
Kevin Feige's comments to MTV News shows that the Marvel Studios head believes there's enough room for everyone at the table. DC or Marvel, it's clear the market for superhero movies is major, and the audience wants to have unique theatrical experiences. As such, Marvel and DC are able to help push each other, as both cinematic universes have been taking major risks as of late.
James Gunn's departure from the MCU is still a hot topic of conversation months later, as the Guardians of the Galaxy franchise is still very much in jeopardy. Producing Vol. 3 without Gunn's vision seems impossible, as everything from his music taste to his dancing style were infused into the franchise. Some fans were hoping that Disney might do an about face and invite Gunn back into the fold, although that doesn't look like it's happening anytime soon.
While Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 is on indefinite hold over at Marvel, James Gunn quickly bounced back and found a way to bring his vision to the comic book genre. His sense of humor and penchant for colorful ensembles makes him the perfect choice to write Suicide Squad 2, and help the franchise recover from its somewhat sloppy first outing. But DC has a ton of projects coming down the line, so fans will have to wait and see what Gunn does with the titular group of DC villains.
DC's Aquaman is in theaters now, and making a ton of money at the box office. CinemaBlend will keep you updated on all things Suicide Squad 2 and Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 as details become public. In the meantime, check out our 2019 release list to plan your next trip to the movies.
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