James Gunn came over to create The Suicide Squad and Peacemaker between Guardians of the Galaxy projects at Marvel Studios, thus he has now been working in both the Marvel and DC universes for a significant amount of time.
Gunn, along with producer Peter Safran, was announced as one of the new heads of the recently established DC Studios this week, giving his work for the studio a completely new perspective.
With this move, Gunn will essentially fill Kevin Feige, head of Marvel Studios and a longtime colleague of Gunn’s, as DC’s equivalent of a storyteller who will supervise the expansion of a comic book universe across both large and small screens. It represents a significant change in the superhero movie industry and points both Gunn and DC in a new direction. What does Feige think of it, then?
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I talk to James practically daily. The Guardians of the Galaxy Holiday Special is a fantastic new release. At the Wednesday night premiere of Black Panther: Wakanda Forever, Feige told The Hollywood Reporter, “We have a great thing called Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 coming out in May. I don’t know how he’ll have time to work on DC until May, but whenever he does, I’ll be thrilled. I’ll be the first to arrive.
Of course, this isn’t the first time Kevin Feige has given Gunn permission to live in two universes. Gunn has so far been able to joyfully split the comic universes, even adding Peacemaker to his schedule, without incident. When Gunn switched over to DC to handle The Suicide Squad, Feige even paid a visit to the movie’s set to lend his support to the director.
Kevin Feige weighs in on James Gunn’s move to CEO of DC Studios:
“He’s 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”
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As Gunn prepares to lead the DC Universe forward in the wake of Black Adam, as well as to wind up his Guardians of the Galaxy narrative with a third and final movie, it is now a matter of ending one chapter and starting a new one.
Will Gunn and Feige continue to communicate daily even after Gunn stops producing Guardians of the Galaxy projects? Who knows, but it’s obvious that their relationship is strong, and Feige is anxious to see what his collaborator creates with the world at his disposal.
Next month’s Guardians of the Galaxy Holiday Special marks Gunn’s return to Marvel. May 5, 2023, marks the release of Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3.