During an interview with THR Kevin Feige was asked about some recent comments that were said by Greg Silverman from Warner Bros.. The comment wasn’t really a low blow or a even a hard jab at one studio to another, just one persons respective thoughts on an ongoing rivalry that doesn’t get brought to front street.
Warner Bros.’ Greg Silverman told THR that the difference between the DC/Warners movies and Marvel movies is that Warners allows directors to fulfill their visions. How do you respond?
FEIGE My response is: Look at the movies. Iron Man and Iron Man 2 are as Jon Favreau films as you can see. Kenneth Branagh has his stamp all over Thor. Captain America: First Avenger is very much a Joe Johnston film. The greatest example of that, look at Guardians of the Galaxy withJames Gunn. And the one I always point out is Avengers. We knew the general structure when we sat down with Joss [Whedon]. But I don’t want you to think we gave him a story. We gave him a “Here’s where we think the movie should start, here’s where we think this character should come into it; it would be fun if something like this happened in the middle and in the end a hole opens up and aliens pour out into Manhattan.” So arguably, there were many pieces in place, and yet now that everyone has seen the movie, it’s completely a Joss Whedon film. He was able to take all the elements that were handed to him – that were studio-imposed, if you want to look at it that way – and make it his own. We wouldn’t have hired any of the filmmakers we’ve hired if we just wanted somebody who would do what we say.
It’s true that the directors did go ahead and put what they wanted into the movie and the best director to get for proof is James Gunn. Again, this was just one person putting their opinion out there and the world taking it out and exploiting it. Although, it would be interesting to see what would happen if the DC vs. Marvel comic arc came to real life with executives.