Marvel Studios President Kevin Feige had nothing but kind words to say regarding the current state of the DC film universe. There's no question that the DCEU (which apparently isn't its official name?) has experienced a major upswing in public opinion following the smashing success of the shared universe's fourth entry, Wonder Woman. In the wake of three widely divisive outings on the big screen, DC was sorely in need of a unanimous triumph, and Princess Diana of Themyscira certainly delivered, raking in over $820 million at the worldwide box office while accumulating an eye-popping 92% fresh score with critics over on Rotten Tomatoes.
The future of the DC verse is looking just as bright. We're just over a month away from from the highly anticipated team-up film, Justice League, and with several other projects in varying degrees of production (and by several, we mean like 50), it's definitely a great time to be a fan of DC Comics. Even given the unprecedented levels of success achieved by the incomparable Marvel Cinematic Universe, DC is sitting pretty. Unsurprisingly, their rivals have taken notice.
In a recent sitdown with Umberto Gonzalez, editor in chief of Heroic Hollywood and reporter at The Wrap, Kevin Feige was asked if he thought there was anything that DC could learn from the MCU. Marvel's head honcho wisely declined the opportunity to reignite the comic book movie flame war:
I don’t know. I’m not one to bestow advice onto others. I think you can look at what they did with ‘Wonder Woman’ and they’ve figured that out. I’ve got great confidence in Geoff Johns over there and now Joss Whedon helping them out that just makes me excited as a fan to see what’s next.
The comments shouldn't come as a major surprise, given Feige's close personal relationship with DC head Geoff Johns and the praise that he heaped on Wonder Woman upon its release. Feige has done everything in his power to dispel the notion that Marvel and DC are bitter enemies in the past, saying, "When the movies perform well and are well received, it’s good for us – which is why I’m always rooting for them."
They're rivals, of course, but ones that undeniably benefit from each other's success. Diehard fans that staunchly defend all things DCEU might not like the implication that the shared universe had anything that needed to be figured out in the first place, but hey, it definitely did, so...
Source: Heroic Hollywood
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