To say that the last few years have been interesting for director/writer James Gunn would be a bit of an understatement. A year after his latest Marvel Cinematic Universe film, Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2, released in theaters, Disney cut ties with Gunn after it came to light that he posted several tweets between 2008 and 2012 which joked about a variety of sensitive subjects, including rape, pedophilia, and child abuse.
Not only was he fired from directing the third Guardians of the Galaxy movie, but he was also removed as a key figure working on Marvel’s line of space-centric superhero films. However, things turned around last year when Disney re-established their relationship with Gunn. He was reinstated as the director of Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3, which he’ll begin working on after he wraps up production on The Suicide Squad, and is now back in Marvel’s good graces.
He’s also been quite active on social media lately, and as reported by ComicBook.com, took part in an Instagram question and answer session the other day where he was asked what his favorite superhero movie was. And the answer might just surprise you.
If you were banking on him picking one of the MCU’s many, many films, you’re going to be a bit disappointed, as in the end, he chose Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse. And while it might not hail from the Marvel Cinematic Universe, it’s still easy to see why he chose it.
After all, it was one of the most popular superhero movies of the past few years, winning over the hearts and minds of critics and fans alike. We’re not entirely sure what the exact reason behind James Gunn‘s pick was, but if you’ve seen the movie for yourself, you can probably relate to his choice.