Mutual Appreciation: Spielberg & James Gunn Trade Praises

There is a list going around the internet that is supposed to be Steven Spielberg’s favorite films or something like that. While it’s not clear if the list is legit, Spielberg has talked highly about one of the films on the list before, Guardians of the Galaxy. The man known for directing Raiders of the Lost ArkE.T. the Extra-Terrestrial and Jurassic Park said back in 2016 to the foreign press:

“I really like Richard Donner’s Superman, Nolan’s Dark Knight and the first Iron Man movie, but the superhero movie that most impressed me was Guardians of the Galaxy. When it ended, I left the cinema with the feeling that I had just experienced something new, free of cynicism and without concern for being gritty when necessary.”


On Thursday James Gunn, director of Guardians of the Galaxy, was asked on Twitter what he thought of the list that was floating around, Gunn responded by saying:



“I don’t know if that list going around is real. I do know that Spielberg has said his favorite superhero movie is Guardians. I was in the editing room with Fred Raskin when I heard & I maybe kinda cried a little. I’m making movies because of Jaws & Raiders.”

Gunn is putting the finishing touches on The Suicide Squad and working on the Peacemaker series for HBO Max and is expected to start work on Guardians of the Galaxy Vol 3 soon as Gunn posted on April 5th that “Our designers and visual development geniuses are currently creating new, fantastic designs of other worlds & alien beings. I’m not sure the galaxy is big enough for all this magic. This. One. Is. Huge.”

John Pallister

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