Chris Pratt Explains Why Marvel’s Movie Franchises Are Better Than DC’s: ‘They Grew It Really Slowly So It’s Strong’

As a fan of comic book-derived movie franchises (and let’s not forget, star of one), Chris Pratt says he enjoys the big-screen exploits of both Marvel and DC superheroes.

When pressed, however, he admits he has to give the edge to Marvel — and not just because he’s the star of a Marvel movie.

“I really like all the Warner Bros. movies,” Pratt told io9 at last week’s “Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2” press junket. “I think they’re really cool and I’m not a real tough critic on those movies. But one of the flaws might have been they were introducing too many characters in ‘Suicide Squad’. 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.”

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This, he points out, is markedly different from the strategy Marvel Studios used when rolling out its various franchises.

“It’s like hardwood,” he said. “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’.”

Creating a successful film franchise, he explains, “is really f***ing hard to do. And it’s kind of a miracle that anyone’s got it right, you know? So I think it comes down to [Marvel Studios head honcho] Kevin [Feige], his filmmakers, and ultimately, me, playing Star-Lord.”

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