The possibility of a crossover between the Marvel Cinematic Universe and the DC Universe has been a discussion among fans for years. With James Gunn, director of Marvel’s “Guardians of the Galaxy” trilogy, now leading DC Studios, the idea seems more likely than ever. However, in a recent interview with Empire Magazine, James Gunn stated that it would still be “many years away.”
Gunn’s Role in DC Studios
Gunn said in the interview, “I’m certain that’s more likely now that I’m in charge [at DC],” adding, “Who knows? That’s many years away, though. We must first establish what we’re doing [at DC]. I would be lying to say that we haven’t discussed it. But all discussions have been very, very light and fun.”
Gunn has already directed one DC movie, “The Suicide Squad,” but he now leads DC Studios with Peter Safran. He has crafted a new DC Universe that will start with 2025’s “Superman: Legacy,” which Gunn is writing and directing. He plans a new DC universe that will be told across movies, television shows, and video games.
Gunn’s Thoughts on Superhero Fatigue
In an interview with Rolling Stone, Gunn expressed his thoughts on superhero fatigue and the importance of storytelling. “If it becomes just nonsense onscreen, it gets boring,” he said. “I get fatigued by most spectacle films, by the grind of not having an emotionally grounded story. It has nothing to do with whether they’re superhero movies or not. If you don’t have a story at the base of it, just watching things bash each other, no matter how clever those bashing moments are, no matter how clever the designs and the VFX are, it just gets fatiguing, and I think that’s very, very real.”
Could a Marvel-DC Crossover Happen?
While Marvel and DC have had successful crossovers in the comics, including “Superman vs. The Amazing Spider-Man” and “JLA/Avengers,” it may be difficult to imagine a crossover between the two movie universes. Marvel has been far more successful at the box office than DC, generating nearly $29 billion in 15 years compared to DC’s $11 billion in the same period. However, if Gunn and Safran successfully relaunch the DC Universe, a crossover may be possible.