With Thor: Ragnarok currently ragna-rocking theaters (sorry) and Justice League approaching quickly on the 17th, the great fandom divide between DC and Marvel could be gearing up for another battle royale.
Certain fans love nothing more than fighting to the death about which shared cinematic universe is superior — the MCU, or the DCEU. These days, you can't question the validity of the Stark Expo without getting a Lex Luthor Jolly Rancher thrown in your face.
Recently the head of Marvel Studios (and the driving force of the MCU), Kevin Feige, talked with Crave about all things Thor, and this fan division came up. Feige was perfectly candid about it:
"...I think it’s ridiculous. I think movies are awesome and people should go out and support awesome movies, and I go support those movies and I thought Wonder Woman was awesome. I can’t wait to see what Geoff Johns and Joss [Whedon] and the gang has done with Justice League."
Feige goes on to talk about why there is a divide in the first place:
"I guess people like rivalries, I guess? I don’t know. But I’m seeing Geoff Johns in a couple weeks for dinner. We went to this Dick Donner event together. Dick’s Superman is still the best archetype of superhero films. So yeah, just go see cool movies. What are you fighting about?"
This is coming not long after Guardians of the Galaxy director James Gunn made similar calls for unity via Twitter:
Gunn goes on to be a bit more explicit than Feige, but it's good to know that the studios support each other here. There's room for all kinds of films in the comic book genre, and the MCU and DCEU scratch very different itches.
Why root for a specific property to fail? Kevin Feige (and James Gunn) seem to think that there is no merit in doing that, and put simply, all it accomplishes is making fandom more toxic. And that's a fight where we all lose.