The Marvel vs DC rivalry has existed among fans for decades, but now that both of the companies are making some of the biggest movies on the planet it has just gotten worse. You can't talk about one without someone jumping into a comment section and screaming that if you love DC you must hate Marvel and vice-versa. It's exhausting, as fans, that it seems impossible to like or dislike something without someone else making it a huge deal. Some Marvel movies are bad, some DC movies are good, there is enough room in our hearts to love or hate them both.
That rivalry does not seem to extend to the people actually making the movies. While some actors and directors might poke fun at each other on social media and in interviews, they all seem very supportive of each other at the end of the day. They are colleagues after all which is why it wasn't a big deal when a bunch of Marvel people congratulated Patty Jenkins and Wonder Woman for its awesome opening weekend. It's also why Kevin Feige had nothing but nice things to say about DC and Geoff Johns in a facebook live Q&A for AlloCiné (via Screen Rant).
"There's not really a rivalry. The rivalry is much more amongst the press, I think. Geoff Johns is a very good friend of mine. We grew up together in the business and recently celebrated Richard Donner, who we both used to work for. So, I applaud all the success he's had. I really just look at it as a fan. When the movies perform well and are well received, it's good for us – which is why I'm always rooting for them."
This seems to be the case since Johns recently took to twitter to say how much he loved the teaser trailer for Black Panther.
— Geoff Johns (@geoffjohns) June 10, 2017
Of course they want the movies to be good. As long as the comic book genre keeps producing good movies no one is going to claim fatigue. It's when several terrible movies come out that everyone starts to wonder if we've seen enough of these movies. So Wonder Woman being receieved so well was lifesaver for DC but a good thing for Marvel too as Feige put it.
"The success of Wonder Woman is wonderful. It makes us incredibly happy. Finally, we can put to rest the falsehood that audiences don't want to see female characters. We never believed that was true. There were a run of movies that just weren't very good 10-15 years ago that caused that reputation. I'm glad that Wonder Woman has blown that away."
The "we never believed that to be true" comment might be worth a side-eye to Mr. Feige but these two companies are only rivals in that they are constantly trying to be better than the other not for the other to go away. A one person race isn't very fun to watch but when there are stakes, a clear "winner" and "loser" then it becomes more entertaining for the consumer. However, they don't even want the other one to "lose" really because that could hurt the entire genre. It's more that they are fighting over gold and silver medals. One might be better than the other but second place is still really, really good. Let's take some advice from Diana Price and believe in something other than hate.
It's about what you believe. And I believe in love. Only love will truly save the world.