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What James Gunn’s DC Role Means For GOTG 3 & The Holiday Special

Warner Bros. has found his new DC heads with James Gunn and Peter Safran. What does this mean for Marvel’s upcoming Guardians of the Galaxy projects?

Warner Bros. finally got his new one DCEU heads in the form of producer Peter Safran and director James Gunn, creating some interesting questions about Marvel and Gunn’s upcoming Guardians of the Universe projects. With both MCU roles headed and directed by Gunn, this means the iconic director will work for both Warner Bros. as Marvel Studios heading into 2023. difficulties for both studios to move forward.


Beginning November 1, James Gunn and Peter Safran will be named co-CEOs of DC Films and Television, developing content exclusively for Warner Bros. to expand the DCEU and beyond. However, the Kevin Bacon starring Holiday special Guardians of the Galaxy comes out on November 25 with Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 release in 2023, both of which will be directed by James Gunn. Gunn’s new DC role is unlikely to affect the release or content of either Marvel project, as most of the work has already been completed. Nevertheless, it is certainly an unprecedented scenario for both studios, raising interesting questions about Gunn’s future within the genre.

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Strangely, James Gunn Is Working On DC And Marvel At The Same TimeJames Gunn with DC and Marvel logos

While Gunn’s new job has a lot of exciting potential for the DCEU, it doesn’t make it any less bizarre that he’s still promoting movies that belong to WB’s premier league in the superhero film industry. At least see you later Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3, Gunn will have a foothold in both cinematic universes. Although he has worked for both studios in the past, his new position as the creative overseer for DC Films and TV is a big step forward that makes it even weirder. Warner Bros has to be okay with it, though, given the exclusivity they’ll get after that.

Ironically, if Gunn hadn’t been fired by Disney for the controversial campaign that met to cancel his career in 2018, he probably wouldn’t have been considered for the DC position at all. The shooting made him available to direct 2021’s The Suicide Squad for Warner Bros., followed by the spin-off series peacekeeper. While Marvel and Disney clearly rehired James Gunn to make the Guardians of the Universe trilogy (and the Holiday Special), it looks like those two projects are all they’ll get from Gunn now that he’s basically become DC’s Kevin Feige alongside Safran.

Will James Gunn ever make another Marvel movie?

It should be noted that James Gunn’s role as DC’s new creative head doesn’t necessarily mean he’s done with Marvel for good after the release of his upcoming Guardians of the Universe projects. However, exploring a future Marvel movie or series directed by Gunn should definitely come after the end of his exclusive four-year contract with Warner Bros, assuming he’s not asked to renew in the future. In any case, James Gunn who replaces Walter Hamada alongside Peter Safran will hopefully breathe new life into the DCEU that it has been desperately needed for years.

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