Although both DC and Marvel have their merits, it’s interesting to look at what makes Marvel more enticing with respect to a larger audience. While there are many similarities between DC and Marvel, the method in which they handle superheroes is radically different, with Marvel perhaps creating far more realistic and empathic characters. Despite being the publishing underdog in several ways, Marvel has often demonstrated that it can compete with the DC, and even outperform them. On that note, let us have a look at what James Gunn explains about Marvel films being more popular than DC films:
The magic of VFX in the MCU:
The supernatural aspects and other universes that nearly every Marvel production tackles obviously need a lot of CGI. Although the MCU movies’ VFX work is usually appreciated, certain movies, particularly Black Panther, have been chastised for their poor Graphics. Despite this, following every project’s launch, the cinematography unit is still among the most talked-about areas. The VFX rundown of Spider-Man: No Way Home, for instance, gives fans a detailed look at Tobey Maguire’s costume and how Sandman was developed for the film. Conversations with VFX artists are also held to uncover fascinating BTS tidbits, such as how Shang-VFX Chi’s was delayed by Eternals and other MCU films.
How James Gunn justifies Marvel’s success:
James Gun, director of Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3, spoke with Deadline on the MCU’s achievements. During the conversation, Gunn stated why Marvel movies are so successful now, claiming that he totally feels it is because of the stunning visuals. He said, ‘A lot of the modern films exist today simply because of VFX. People always ask me, ‘Why are Marvel movies so popular today when they weren’t in the past?’ I tell you 100% from me, 100% because the VFX got to the place where we can make it believable that a metal guy is flying around”.
Furthermore, while addressing the contrasts between CGI and practical VFX, Gunn agreed that, based on the current scenario, Marvel is better than DC. “So many people, especially if you get on Twitter and people get into these arguments of, ‘It’s practical effects vs. VFX: which is better?’ And it’s like, guys… it’s whatever suits the situation. Oftentimes, it’s CGI. There are certain things you cannot do with practical effects. Sometimes, it’s practical effects. And then a lot of times, it’s something in between. And that’s where I sort of love to play because people can be lazy with CGI. And they can just go in there and go, ‘Uh, we’ll figure it out later.’ And then… you gotta make stuff up. But when you plan things out, then you can put things together in such a way and we did a lot of that,” he added.
Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3, directed by James Gunn is scheduled to hit theaters on May 5, 2023.