Superhero movie fans have every reason to rejoice as the European premiere of the Guardians Of The Galaxy Vol 2 kicks off on 25 April. While the Chris Pratt-starring sequel marks one of the first blockbusters from Marvel's roster, it also heightens the anticipation surrounding the upcoming films from rival production, DC.
However, before loyalists dive into a comparison of the respective universes – MCU and DCEU – the Star-Lord decided to speak his mind on the age-old rivalry. In his own words, Pratt admits that he is quite a fan of Warner Bros movies, but added that there is a fundamental flaw with the cinematic version of DC narratives.
"I really like all the Warner Bros movies. I think they're really cool and I'm not a real tough critic on those movies," the 37-year-old Marvel star confessed to io9. "But one of the flaws might have been they were introducing too many characters in Suicide Squad."
The antihero DC film that released in August last year was met with criticism despite its commercial success on the box-office.
One of the key reasons for the critique was the under-development of characters as some of their back-stories were not even established for audiences. And Pratt took the same route in explaining his disappointment with the last DCEU film.
"They spent 10 minutes telling us why should we care about these characters, rather than creating trilogies for each character and convincing us to care about the characters," he reasoned.
Unhesitatingly, the actor went on to compare the success of Marvel and DC films at the box-office. According to him, one of the reasons contributing to the thriving roster was the time taken by Marvel to gradually develop its cinematic universe over the last nine years.
"It's like hardwood," Pratt explained. "They grew it really slowly so it's strong. They didn't create The Avengers first. They did Iron Man. And they tested it to make sure it worked. Then they did [Iron Man II] and [Iron Man III], then they did Cap, and then they did Thor. And they created a thirst for these characters, and that's when they put them in The Avengers."
Despite the rivalry and the consequent success, Pratt pointed out that creating a superhero movie universe is almost "a miracle".
"So I think it comes down to Kevin [Feige], his filmmakers, and ultimately, me, playing Star-Lord," he joked.
Guardians Of The Galaxy Vol. 2 releases worldwide on 5 May.