Chris Pratt as Star Lord in Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2. Image: Disney

As the star of one of Marvel’s biggest franchises, no one would fault Chris Pratt for crapping all over DC. In fact, from the famously brazen and charismatic star, you might expect it. But when asked about the rival franchise, Pratt was objective but honest.

“I really like all the Warner Bros. movies,” Pratt said to io9 at last week’s Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 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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Pratt then pointed to the way Marvel took their time developing their cinematic universe as the main reason for its success in comparison.

“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.”

Pratt, who is also part of a few other burgeoning cinematic franchises in the Jurassic series and Lego movies, thinks, even with Marvel’s slow and steady process, the whole idea of creating a franchise isn’t a science.

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“It’s really fucking hard to do,” Pratt said, “And it’s kind of a miracle that anyone’s got it right. You know? So. I think it comes down to Kevin [Feige], his filmmakers, and ultimately, me, playing Star-Lord.”

Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 opens May 5. Here’s our review.