UPDATED 10/28, 1:20 p.m. ET: James Gunn has returned Kevin Feige’s kind words with some of his own.
Quote-tweeting a since-deleted post that reportedly saw a user ask if Gunn “hated” the Marvel head, the 56-year-old wrote, “Not only do I love Kevin, he was the 1st person I told after I did the deal with DC (@JohnCena was the 2nd).”
He continued, “Contrary to popular belief, a dollar less for Marvel is not a dollar more for DC. DC & Marvel have the common goal of keeping the theater-going experience vibrant & alive!”
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Earlier this week, Warner Bros. Discovery confirmed Gunn and producer Peter Safran will co-head DC Studios—a newly formed division that’ll house DC Universe film, TV, and animation projects. Feige was asked about the move during Wednesday’s red carpet event for Black Panther: Wakanda Forever.
“Well, he has got a lot of work to do for Marvel between now and May, which he’s well aware of,” the Marvel boss told Deadline. “But after that, I’ll be first in line to see anything he does.”
He made similar comments while speaking to The Hollywood Reporter on Wednesday, insisting he was happy about Gunn’s new role, despite it being at one of Marvel’s biggest competitors.
“I speak to James almost every day. We have a wonderful thing called the Guardians of the Galaxy Holiday Special coming out,” he said. “We have a wonderful thing called Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 coming out in May. How he’ll have any time to work on DC until May I don’t know, but once he does have the time I’ll be very excited. I’ll be first in line.”
Gunn had worked with Marvel on a number of projects, including the upcoming Guardians of the Galaxy Holiday Special and Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3. The filmmaker will reportedly oversee DC Studios’ creative direction, while Safran will helm the business and production sides. Gunn confirmed the appointment via Instagram, telling fans he was “excited to be here.”
The Guardians of the Galaxy Holiday Special will premiere Nov. 25 on Disney+, while Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 is set to hit theaters on May 5, 2023.