Wonder Woman director Patty Jenkins and upcoming Captain Marvel star Brie Larson have taken to social media to share some love for each other’s superhero projects. It’s been a monumental year for Jenkins and Larson, who have attracted big publicity for their roles in the superhero movie universe. Jenkins, of course, scaled new heights at the helm of Wonder Woman, which in its No. 1 opening weekend earlier this month took in more than $223 million globally ($100 million of that domestically), making it the biggest opening for a female director; while Larson continues to prep for the titular role of the MCU’s Captain Marvel, which will be the first MCU film to be co-directed by a female (Anna Boden, along with Ryan Fleck).
Celebrating new and looking ahead to future success for females in the Marvel and DC movie universes, the filmmaker and actress recently reached out to each other on Twitter this week to show some love for each other’s accomplishments.
Larson is the latest of a smattering of Marvel Studios stars to reach out to Jenkins in the wake of her blistering success with the first Wonder Woman solo movie. Previously, Avengers stars Chris Evans and Mark Ruffalo congratulated Jenkins on Wonder Woman’s success, as did Black Panther’s Lupita Nyong’o, Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2’s Karen Gillan, and Daredevil’s Vincent D’Onofrio.
Retweet if you desperately wanna give @PattyJenks a massive hug.— Brie Larson (@brielarson) June 13, 2017
While Marvel and DC fans have long been rivals in staunch defense of their superhero favorites, it’s great to see that within the movie industry, actors and filmmakers are being supportive of each other’s projects no matter what comic book brand their characters originated from. Perhaps the greatest example of how two filmmakers put the rivalry between their studio projects aside came last week when Marvel Studios’ Kevin Feige and DC’s Geoff Johns paid tribute to their friend and mentor, Superman director Richard Donner.
Does this mean the rivalry between Marvel and DC fans will ever soften? Probably not. In fact, some would probably argue that it intensified when The Avengers and Avengers: Age of Ultron filmmaker Joss Whedon announced earlier this year that he was crossing over to DC to write and direct Batgirl. But even then, Whedon, out of an act of respect for Fiege, called the filmmaker to inform him of his big move to DC before it was announced to the public.
Clearly people like Jenkins, Larson, Fiege, Johns, and Whedon realize that as much as their studios’ product may compete against each other, it’s a form of healthy competition to always remind them that they need to be at the top of their game in hopes of making the next great superhero movie. Competition, after all, is what keeps the genre so alive and vibrant.