James Gunn Addresses Potential For Marvel Return After Taking Over DCU

James Gunn Addresses Potential For Marvel Return After Taking Over DCU

Now that he’s taking over the DCU as DC Studios co-CEO, James Gunn addresses whether he could see potentially returning to Marvel down the line.

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James Gunn talks about the chances of returning to Marvel after taking the job co-leading the DCU. Joining the MCU in 2014 via Guardians of the Galaxy, Gunn proceeded to become an integral part of the franchise, establishing the rag-tag group of cosmic heroes through Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 and even Avengers: Infinity War. However, after his brief firing from Marvel in 2018, Warner Bros. swooped in and recruited him to helm The Suicide Squad, which then resulted in the spinoff show Peacemaker. Gunn may have returned to the MCU to spearhead Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3, but after that, he will work exclusively on the DCU as DC Studios co-CEO with Peter Safran.


Speaking with ET, Gunn was asked if he plans on coming back to Marvel once his stint with DC is done. As he repeatedly said in the past, Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 will end of the current version of the cosmic team, with the film also functioning as his final project in the MCU – for now. The filmmaker is keeping the door open for a potential Marvel Studios comeback, but in the meantime, he reiterates he will be with DC exclusively after the upcoming threequel. Read Gunn’s full answer below:

At least for the time being. I mean, never say never. Who knows? But for the time being, yeah.

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For context, reports since his hiring have stated Gunn’s exclusive contract with DCU will be for four years. During this time, he will oversee the Warner Bros. comic book franchise that has dealt with many issues in the past. But with him and Safran at the helm, there’s an expectation that DCU will finally have a clearer future. The length of Gunn’s contract doesn’t mean that an extension isn’t in the cards – it will all boil down to how his and Safran’s stint as DCU co-CEOs pans out. If things turn out great, Warner Bros. will expectedly want to keep them around longer.

It isn’t surprising that Gunn isn’t fully closing the door on working in the MCU again. Despite his firing from Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3, he maintained a good relationship with the people over at Marvel Studios. In fact, Kevin Feige has expressed his support for Gunn’s new role over at DC, and even said that he will be very interested in seeing what the filmmaker will be doing under Warner Bros.’ comic book franchise. Given this, it’s understandable that both parties are willing to work with each other again in the future.

At this point, it’s best to treat Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 as Gunn’s final MCU project. There are several factors at play with regard to his potential Marvel film, so it’s difficult to hold out hope he will be back with Feige and his team after four years. Realistically, he could stay with DC throughout the next decade, as they are currently mapping out the next 10 years of the franchise.

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Source: ET

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