Drew Pearce Shares Thoughts On Marvel's Phase Two, Fox's And WB/DC's Shared Universes

Notably praising Captain America: The Winter Soldier based on rumblings "from the editing room," Iron Man 3 scribe Drew Pearce offers up thoughts on Marvel's rivals' shared universes.

As the co-writer behind Shane Black's first installment to Marvel Studios' second wave of movies, Iron Man 3, Drew Pearce also talked with SciFiNow about the forthcoming Phase Two ventures. After recounting on Marvel's "roll of the dice" success with the first Iron Man film, Pearce says, "This next phase has such a good bunch of directors, from the Russos, who by all accounts have knocked it out the park with Captain America 2 - I've seldom heard buzz from the editing room as good as that movie. Avengers 2 will be Joss Whedon's baby, and reaction to James Gunn's Guardians of the Galaxy has been brilliant. Even after the tough journey of two and half years making Iron Man 3 as good as it can be, I don't just have respect for Marvel as unit; I'm honored for my time there, and I'm constantly talking to them about what we do next."

Of course, no one can argue that Marvel Studios has changed the game for every major superhero movie/franchise, and that success has considerably inspired its rival studios, Fox and Warner Bros., to start establishing their own crossover/shared universes in the coming years. "There's a lot of talk about whether Warner are following the Marvel model," Pearce continues. "But I think they're just following the Dark Knight model and using to branch out, character by character. It's a smart move that they're not trying to do Justice League and they're going to bring Batman and Superman together their next movie instead. I think DC are still doing their thing, I don't think it's particularly derivative of Marvel." The British writer then weighs in, "There's definitely more of a sense of 'Marvel Studios did this well, maybe we should take care to join up our part of the the Marvel universe' at Fox. It's trickier because they're not coming from as clear a place as Marvel was, because they already have a bunch of continuity issues, though I'm sure X-Men: Days of Future Past is going to clean that up. I'm sure in Fantastic Four there will be a sense that it's the same world as the mutants exist in." What do you think?


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