James Gunn Explains Why People Really Love the Marvel Movies

As a writer and director who has had success with both Marvel and DC productions, James Gunn’s opinions carry some weight. The director recently offered his take on why the two comic universes are consistently among Hollywood’s greatest hits, and CGI certainly has a lot to do with it.

Gunn recently wrapped up filming Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3his third entry in the MCU, as well as this year’s The Guardians of the Galaxy Christmas Special, which will go to Disney Plus. The director also saw his first superhero TV series, peacemakerare doing incredibly well on HBO Max, and a recent interview goes into detail about what makes many of his projects so good, including the very lovable Eagly.

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His revelation came off the mark during a special segment for Deadline peacemaker VFX Supervisor Betsy Paterson, with the two discussing the role CGI plays in making these superhero adventures work. In Gunn’s case, he’s pretty candid, saying, “Why are Marvel movies so popular today when they weren’t in the past?” I’m telling you 100% me, 100% because the VFX have come this far , that we can make it believable that a metal guy is flying around.” A self-confessed fan of both, Gunn dismissed the discussion of which is better between CGI and practical effects and simply narrowed everything down to what a specific scene called for.


Gunn doubled on his peacemaker Results highlighting that the HBO series features “some of the best visual effects” in television history. This includes recreating Eagly from scratch after several failed attempts to use a real live eagle as Christopher Smith’s sidekick. That Guardians of the Galaxy The director also referenced how his working relationship with Paterson came about after first working with her on Gunn’s Two Scooby Doo movies.

Lately, Top Gun: MaverickTom Cruise’s overwhelming success had once again called into question the excessive use of on-the-spot CGI effects or practical effects given the lack of VFX artistry in Tom Cruise’s latest blockbuster. Nonetheless, Gunn has a point as it would be simply impossible to create many of Marvel’s or DC’s unique creatures, especially now that the MCU is becoming more cosmic with films like this Thor: Love and Thunder.


As his fans would know, Gunn is also a fan of quality animation such as Rick and Mortyenough to be pranked by his own film crew Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 puts. As Gunn says, there’s a time and place for everything, and the MCU is the perfect playground for some of the world’s most talented and hard-working VFX artists, many of whom will have plenty to do in his Marvel Studios swan song flick.

Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 is scheduled to premiere in theaters on May 5, 2023.

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Source: Deadline

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