Stephen McFeely and Christopher Markus, the co-writers of Marvel’s “Avengers: Infinity War,” criticized the creative process behind the DC Extended Universe in a recent interview with “Fat Man on Batman” podcast host Kevin Smith.
While many of Marvel’s superhero movies have high scores on Rotten Tomatoes, only one DCEU movie — “Wonder Woman” — has a Rotten Tomatoes score above 60 percent. When Smith asked the writers how they would “fix the DC Universe,” Markus said that DC executives are too focused on creating a universe rather than making good movies.
Whereas DCEU films often introduce a number of new superheroes within the same films — such as the ensemble casts in “Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice” and “Justice League” – the Marvel writers said that a better approach might be to introduce characters in standalone films.
“I might put Batman and Superman and everybody else, I mean Wonder Woman is doing fine, aside for a second. Go through the vast world and go, ‘That guy’ or ‘That girl,’ and go, ‘Let’s just make a really good movie and not a universe and see what happens.’ There’s a lot of spaghetti being thrown at the wall,” he said.
The writers also addressed the upcoming “Avengers 4,” which will hit theaters on May 3, 2019. The movie has already finished filming and is now in reshoots and post-production.
“Status of Avengers 4 is that we shot it, but it’s not due for a while,” McFeely said. “There’s time for reshoots and fixing and we’re just scrubbing through it now. The Russo brothers have been in there for a few weeks now after the press tour and all that. And the whole team is getting together tomorrow.”
“Avengers: Infinity War” recently made box office history when it became the fourth highest-grossing film of all time after earning more than $2 billion worldwide. The movie has checked off a number of additional box office conquests, starting with its record $258 million domestic opening and $640 million global launch. It also became the fastest film in movie history to gross $1 billion and is the highest-grossing summer release of all time.