Even Steven Spielberg has a favorite Marvel movie. The filmmaker who once suggested the superhero movie genre would go the way of the Western (i.e. lose public interest) revealed that his favorite film from this genre is James Gunn’s Guardians of the Galaxy.
Spielberg revealed his pick during an interview at the Cannes Film Festival that first appeared on the Omelete. Thanks to the magic of Google Translate and edited for clarity, he said:
“I love the Superman of Richard Donner, The Dark Knight, Christopher Nolan, and the first Iron Man, but [the] superhero film that impressed me most is one that does not take itself too seriously: Guardians of the Galaxy. When his projection was over, I left with the feeling of having seen something new in movies, without any cynicism or fear of being dark when needed. There is a difference between heroes and superheroes. The hero is an ordinary person who is faced with a serious fact and acts to modify it. A hero is a person who, walking down the street, see[s] a car on fire and runs [to] help the person who is in the driver’s seat, attached to the seat belt to loosen. [A] superhero is a person who, on the same scene, would fly to the car and try to turn it upside down and shake it using his super strength, until the driver is released. I identify more with the first example. Film[s of] everyday heroes.”
Obviously, Gunn was ecstatic. Thanks to the help from fans on his popular Facebook page, the director saw Spielberg’s remarks and had them translated. Gunn wrote in response:
“Probably the greatest compliment of my life. I learned what a director was because as a kid I loved Raiders of the [Lost] Ark so much I wondered who the guy was behind it all, and I’m making movies today because of it.”
During an interview with the Associated Press from back in 2015, Spielberg projected the inevitable end of the superhero fad. He said, in part, that “there will be a time when the superhero movie goes the way of the Western. It doesn’t mean there won’t be another occasion where the Western comes back and the superhero movie someday returns. Of course, right now the superhero movie is alive and thriving.”