Mark Ruffalo, who has played Bruce Banner/Hulk in the MCU films since 2012's The Avengers, said the MCU will have to fear James Gunn's job for DC. Gunn directed the Guardians of the Galaxy Trilogy for the Marvel Cinematic Universe, which concludes with Guardians of the Galaxy Vol.
3 this May. However, at a time when Disney had decided to fire him, James GUnn found a job at Warner Bros, and this collaboration translated first into 2021's The Suicide Squad, and then to a job as co-CEO of DC Studios. Mark Ruffalo spoke at Emerald City Comic-Con about what Gunn's reboot of the DC universe means for the future of the MCU.
The actor was asked what advice he had for the nascent new DC universe. Ruffalo explained: "Marvel should be sweating over Gunn's plans for the future of DC. I would say, hire James Gunn, because nobody does better than him." And Marvel should be sweating because James Gunn is a really gifted director and I think he's going to be great for that franchise."
About James Gunn
He was born on August 5, 1966 in St.
Louis, Missouri into a large Irish Catholic family. His father, James F. Gunn, was a lawyer. Together with his mother, Leota, they raised him and his five siblings in the St. Louis area. He spent much of his childhood reading comic books and making zombie movies with his brothers with his 8mm movie camera.
He attended high school at Jesuit St. Louis University High School. When he graduated in 1984, he attended Loyola University Marymount film school in Los Angeles. Gunn was writing and performing music with his own band, The Icons, at the time.
In the meantime, he simultaneously wrote comics for several underground and university publications. Eventually, Gunn returned to academia, completing his undergraduate studies at the University of St. Louis, after which he received his Master of Fine Arts from Columbia University.
Gunn married actress Jenna Fischer in 2000, whom he met through his brother Sean. After seven years of marriage, the couple announced their separation in a joint filing on September 5, 2007, divorcing in 2008. He has been in a relationship with actress Jennifer Holland since 2015, with whom he marries in 2022.
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