DC Studios Co-CEO James Gunn Was at One Point Consulting on the Entire MCU

DC Studios co-head and Guardians of the Galaxy director James Gunn standing askew in a dark blue on blue suit looking off to the side and beyond the camera.

DC Studios co-chair and co-CEO James Gunn recently confirmed that he consulted on the entire slate of Marvel Cinematic Universe movies and TV shows at one point in his career.

Gunn revealed the full extent of his MCU oversight prior to jumping ship for DC in an interview with The Wrap. “I was consulting on everything,” he said. “I was consulting on all the Marvel movies. [Marvel Studios President] Kevin [Feige] would send me the script for Spider-Man and I’d give my notes. He’d send me the script for Doctor Strange, Captain Marvel, and I’d give notes on all of those scripts. It was really as a friend and as somebody who was a part of the team and a team player.” Gunn also touched on his role as one of the key architects of “the cosmic universe” corner of the MCU, insisting that he always intended for other filmmakers to run with the characters and concepts he introduced in his Guardians of the Galaxy movies.


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This tracks with Gunn’s previous comments regarding the future of the Guardians of the Galaxy franchise, with the filmmaker publicly giving Marvel Studios his blessing to continue without him. Gunn dismissed the notion that it would be “disloyal” of the studio to develop additional Guardians of the Galaxy movies now that his trilogy has wrapped up. He also expressed interest in seeing the characters who survived Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 appear in their own solo movies or as part of another MCU franchise, such as The Avengers.

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While the revelation that Gunn provided feedback on other directors’ MCU films will likely come as a surprise to some fans, it’s actually in keeping with how Marvel Studios has operated since the beginning. Comic book scribe Brian Michael Bendis said as much in a recent interview, recalling how he was part of a “committee” of writers assembled by Feige to give notes on the very first MCU outing, Iron Man. According to Bendis, this collaborative approach resulted in him penning the dialogue for Iron Man‘s post-credits scene between Tony Stark and Nick Fury, and not one of the 2008 blockbuster’s four credited screenwriters.

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That scene laid the groundwork for the MCU itself, which now consists of 15 years’ worth of film and TV projects, known as “phases.” Avengers: Endgame co-director Joe Russo recently addressed fans’ concerns about the direction of the latest of these phases, Phase Five, encouraging them to remain calm. “They’re telling you a very different story, a very new story and I think the audience just needs to be patient with the redirection because you can’t keep telling the same story over and over or you lose the audience,” Russo said.

Source: The Wrap, via YouTube


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