The rivalry between Marvel and DC isn’t as heated as people think. For proof, look no further than Marvel boss Kevin Feige saying he was over the moon about the success enjoyed by Warner Bros. and DC over last year’s monumental superhero movie, Wonder Woman.
On Thursday, in an interview with Entertainment Weekly pegged to the cover reveal of Captain Marvel, Feige spoke on the subject of female-led blockbuster films. While Marvel is finally producing a solo female superhero movie in Captain Marvel, Feige talked about the Gal Gadot-led DC film, which apparently made him “very happy.”
“The success of Wonder Woman made me very happy,” he said, “because as I’ve said before in the press, I’d much rather the question be, ‘Oh gosh, what did you think about that successful female-led hero that came out a few years ago?’ Rather than the question I used to get, which was, ‘Are you afraid that people don’t want to see a female hero?’”
The quote from Feige was part of a longer answer about female superhero movies, which for so long did not exist in Hollywood because of what Feige called an “erroneous notion” that female superhero movies didn’t sell.
“I’ve always said, I root for all genre movies because the success of those movies helps us,” he says. “Because not everybody knows the difference between what studio makes what movie or what comic book company what character comes from. So I’m very pleased when any film in our genre [does well] — not just superheroes, but action or sci-fi or anything.”
Wonder Woman was an important movie in many regards, not the least of which because it proved female superhero movies can sell, which can only mean more can (and should) go into production. But who would have thought that one of its biggest supporters would be DC’s rivals at Marvel?
Captain Marvel will be released on March 8, 2019.