While rivalries can sometimes be fun, they can also often become tiring. Such is the rivalry between fans of the Marvel Cinematic Universe and the DC Extended Universe. Although both serve the same demographic -- comic book fans -- many feel as though they need to pick a side. And while this is something that also extends to the actual comic books, as well, it's safe to say the rivalry between Marvel fans and DC fans is at its worst when it comes to the films and somehow, Guardians of the Galaxy director seems to find himself stuck in the middle of it all. Which is why he took to Twitter over the weekend to plead with fans to stop raging at one another.
Gunn, who is very active on social media, took to Twitter this week to not only express excitement over the possible Deathstroke film in development at Warner Bros. with The Raid director Gareth Evans attached, but also over the casting of Zachary Levi as Shazam in the live-action film from New Line Cinema. Much like with other comic book film helmers, although he's involved with one studio, that hasn't stopped him from caring about the competitor. After all, at the end of the day, Gunn is still a comic book fan. Yet, for some reason, his mentions seemed to ignite a screaming batch concerning Batman v Superman, forcing the director to plead with Marvel and DC fans to stop the arguing.
1 Every time I mention anything DC, no matter what, my feed becomes an endless screaming match about BvS.— James Gunn (@JamesGunn) October 28, 2017
2 You guys are never going to convince each other - it’s just a bunch of wasted energy.— James Gunn (@JamesGunn) October 28, 2017
3 At least when you’re screaming at each other about Trump, it’s something of international importance.— James Gunn (@JamesGunn) October 28, 2017
4 But it’s a 2 year old movie that some people like and some people don’t. Why is someone else’s opinion so important to you?— James Gunn (@JamesGunn) October 28, 2017
5 As Marvel and DC super fans you have way more in common with each other than you do with the rest of the world.— James Gunn (@JamesGunn) October 28, 2017
6 So why do you spend so much time raging at each other? It’s silly. Please just stop it. Stop engaging in that way.— James Gunn (@JamesGunn) October 28, 2017
7 But at the very least, when you do, untag me. I’ve muted a lot of you guys, but not all. Thanks.— James Gunn (@JamesGunn) October 28, 2017
"As Marvel and DC super fans you have way more in common with each other than you do with the rest of the world," he explained, something that both sides tend to ignore when it comes to the MCU and DCEU. Before pleading with fans to stop "raging at each other."
Over the years, the rivalry between Marvel fans and DC fans has continued to become heated, with fans even going on to suggest there was a conspiracy with Rotten Tomatoes after the DCEU failed to gain a 'certified fresh' title prior to Wonder Woman. Whether or not Gunn's comments make a difference on the matter remains to be seen, but there's no denying that he has a point. They may not want to admit it, but Marvel and DC fans do have more in common with one another than the rest of the world and the fighting helps no one in the end.