In a recent interview with Empire, the head of Marvel Studios, Kevin Feige, had plenty to say about upcoming Marvel movies. Feige was particularly poignant in his comments about DC’s plan to release Batman v Superman the same day as Captain America 3. As of now, both movies are set to hit theaters on May 6, 2016.
In the interview, Feige was asked about the fact that DC seemed to be getting their act together in terms of bringing their comics to the big screen, and competing with Marvel.
“I don’t think it is quite fair to say DC is finally getting their act together. The Dark Knight movies were rather successful and genre-defining, they altered the genre in big ways. So I think there has always been competition that way. I mean Iron Man was the number one movie of 2008 until The Dark Knight came along, and I loved it. frankly. I love that the number 1 and the number 2 movies of that year, and it has happened a number of times since then, being comic-book movies, even if it wasn’t one we made. Here we are now, 14 years since the first Marvel movie I worked on. At that point it had been eight years and for about those eight years people had been asking ‘How much longer gonna last?’ ‘When are people gonna get tired of these movies? And my answer always was ‘People only get tired if a whole slew of terrible ones come out’. And it was our job to make sure that doesn’t happen. If there are other people out there interested in that not happening as well, I’m all for it!”
Feige went on to talk about the specific release date of May 6, 2016.
“So I continue to be all for quality entertainment for moviegoers to enjoy on weekends. If it is on the same weekend I enjoy it slightly less. But we are doing what we’ve always done, which is sticking to our plan and sticking to our vision for the movies going forward and we have a very large vision that we’re working on for Cap 3 and for all the threes movies and just because another movie plops down onto one of ours doesn’t mean we are going to alter that. Maybe we should, but we’re not going to.”
There you have it folks, for now, Marvel and DC will have a near legendary showdown on May 6, 2016, and I for one cannot wait! It’s been a while since we’ve seen a summer blockbuster have any real competition, especially from such a heavyweight contender like DC and Warner Bros.
Personally, I hope they keep the dates the same, because I will be in line for a double feature that day. Captain America 3 will be exciting, as we will have the events of Avengers: Age of Ultron under our belts, and due to the news this week that the Falcon, Sam Wilson (portrayed by Anthony Mackie in Captain America: The Winter Soldier), will be taking over the mantle of Captain America in the comics. Might we see the torch passed from Chris Evans to Anthony Mackie in Captain America 3?
Batman v Superman will be exciting, because despite every fanboy/girl out there who are actively bashing Ben Affleck as Batman, I really think he will do the role justice (no pun intended).
What do you think? Should Marvel and DC face off on the same day? Let me know your thoughts, in the comments below.
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