The chance of peace between Marvel and DC fanboys is about as likely as true and lasting peace in the Middle East. The bonds of this rivalry have been in place for decades and fans have long succumbed to that most inane form of tribalism (corporate branding) – resulting in hostile online vitriol.
As “Thor: Ragnarok” is now playing and “Justice League” opens next week, Marvel Cinematic Universe mastermind Kevin Feige has requested fans (via Crave) to cool it and stop fighting amongst themselves:
“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. 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 [Richard] 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?”
Feige reiterates that the competition only exists in the minds of fans, and that behind-the-scenes the filmmakers and actors from both cinematic universes get along well. “Justice League” opens in cinemas on November 17th.