Beginning as an innocent childhood debate, the battle over whether DC or Marvel is the better company has turned into a full-fledged war.
I think it’s really simple. The [DC] characters aren’t cinematic. And I say [that] as a massive DC fan who much prefers their characters to Marvel’s. Superman, Batman, and Wonder Woman are some of my favorites but I think these characters, with the exception of Batman, they aren’t based around their secret identity.
They are based around their super power. Whereas the Marvel characters tend to be based around the personality of Matt Murdock or Peter Parker or the individual X-Men, it’s all about the character. DC, outside of Batman, is not about the character. With Batman, you can understand him and you can worry about him. However. with someone like Green Lantern, he has this ring that allows him to create 3D physical manifestations and green plasma with the thoughts in his head. But he’s allergic to the color yellow!
How do you make a movie with that? In 1952 that made perfect sense but now the audience have no idea what that’s all about.
# MARVEL WINS: BETTER AUDIENCE REVIEWS
According to a recent study by ZappiStore, Marvel movies are bigger box-office successes because audiences find them more emotionally engaging than DC films.
In terms of Marvel trailers, positive reactions were found through-out the screening, especially if humor was involved.
# MARVEL WINS: COMMITTED ACTORS
Marvel’s perfect casting when it comes to its characters– Robert Downey Jr. as Tony Stark– continues to lead to success at the box office. Marvel also hasn’t been shy when it comes to recasting characters such as the Hulk and Punisher and took risks casting unfamiliar actors like Chris Hemsworth as Thor and Letitia Wright as Shuri.
Stan Lee has continued to praise the performances of many Marvel actors including Chris Evans as Captain America and Tom Holland as the most recent Spider-Man, stating he hopes “we stay with them forever.” With the recent announcements that Ben Affleck and Henry Cavill are leaving their respective roles as Batman and Superman, it appears the DCU has ultimately lost the fight.
# MARVEL WINS: CROSSOVERS
What has always worked in Marvel’s favor is the fact they have a giant interconnected universe at their disposal. Movies like Avengers, Captain America: Civil War, and Avengers: Infinity War had multiple heroes and villains from the comics interact with one another, forming new friendships and bitter rivalries.
Through the clever use of post-credits scenes, Marvel is able to set up which characters will make appearances and how certain story elements will be reflected in later films.
# MARVEL WINS: MORE CHARACTERS
What gives Marvel an edge over DC is the fact they have more characters to work with when it comes to movies. Iron Man, Captain America, and Thor have their respective trilogies. Moreover, Marvel branched out and released unexpected films like Ant-Man, Guardians of the Galaxy, and Doctor Strange. While not always successful, the films allowed Marvel to expand their franchise.
# MARVEL WINS: EMBRACES HUMOR
DC suffers criticism because their universe is too dark. When an attempt at humor was made– Joss Whedon taking over Justice League– the end result left audiences cringing with discomfort. Despite the heavy feelings Marvel left fans with at the end of Infinity War, many of their movies continue to bring laughter and overall joy to their fans.
Films like Ant-Man and Deadpool weren’t afraid to take a less-serious tone and cranked up the immaturity level with goofy antics and witty one-liners. Characters such as Tony Stark and Star-Lord are adored because of their bold sarcasm.
# WHY DC LOSES: POOR PLANNING
Much of DC’s struggle to edge out Marvel is the inability to create a successful franchise. Marvel has given several of its heroes their respective trilogies. Whereas DC’s only successes are Nolan’s Batman trilogy and the Christopher Reeves’ Superman series. Confusing timelines only further complicate the issue. They leave fans scratching their heads when it comes to determining an order for the events of the DCEU.
Following Man of Steel, the assumption of BvS: Dawn of Justice as its sequel was seemingly confirmed. It was when the aftermath of Superman’s confrontation with Zod was reflected in a scene where Bruce Wayne witnesses the destruction of his family’s business. Plans for another Batman trilogy and a five-movie Man of Steel franchise have fallen by the wayside with Affleck and Cavill’s rumored departure..
Personally I feel both the universe have their ups and downs. DC has a few good points with great villains and a compelling story line. On the other hand, Marvel does a great job with more realism. Fit’s entirely based on the characters from Earth. The problems are more realistic and based in New York City where most of the Avengers live.
But these universes have been giving us a pretty good time. And at the end of the day, this is what matter.
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