The great DC or Marvel debate finally settled?
It’s an ancient debate
, reaching back as far as your earliest childhood days. A fight worth fighting, even though it caused many a bloody nose and a viable resolution was rarely found. Given recent movie releases, it’s time to stir the debate up again
– this time about the cinematic multiverses created by each empire! So get the boxing gloves ready, we’re about to step into the ring with two entertainment giants
Round 1: Let the numbers do the talking!
Get those smarty-pants glasses and the calculator ready, time to crunch numbers and let the numbers do the talking! On the DC
side of things, stepping up into the ring: Batman
, facing off against Marvel’s Iron Man
||Worldwide Box Office
|Man of Steel
|The Dark Knight
|Batman vs. Superman
|Iron Man 3
Looking purely at the worldwide box office and the amount invested into the production of the movie, the figures show very clearly which team can turn peanuts into millions… The winner of this showdown is very clearly Team Marvel
. Strangely enough, one of the higher budget blockbuster titles in the list (Man of Steel) showed the lowest comparable profit. Uh oh, Team DC… this is worrying!
Round 2: Integration or separation?
Each multiverse has its positives, its advantages and reasons for dedicated fandoms. What does matter though is this: the integration of stories and worlds.
creates a true multiverse
, with actors portraying the same characters across various movies and even series, creating a truly interwoven world,
combining both movies and series. The downside though – if you miss one movie, you really do miss out on a lot. Consider the latest Captain America
movie, Civil War
. If you weren’t familiar with the Avengers
movies and Iron Man
was also not on your radar, you would have spent 147 minutes staring at the screen in bewilderment. [The argument “If you didn’t know the Avengers or Iron Man, you must have lived under a rock.”
does not count here.]
keeps its characters primarily separate
, creating individual storylines
that hardly ever cross over. The upside – you can choose the heroes you like and watch their shows and movies only, without losing out on the storyline. Which is great, especially if you like living under your Iron Man-less rock. But… consider this! The Flash in the series is not the same Flash
as in the movies, so we’re dealing with multiple Barry Allens
, Bruce Wayne
in the series Gotham
™ has nothing in common with the Batman
from the movies and so it continues. The worlds created by DC are simply disjointed.
However, I do need to remain impartial whilst you and your friends are already debating this matter rather heatedly. The score of this will have to be a tie – each to their own
and all those sayings. Points to both sides!
Team DC is catching up….
Round 3: Heroes and their antics
Hero - a person, typically a man, who is admired for their courage, outstanding achievements, or noble qualities
. So says Google™ when prompted for a definition for this word. Let’s not enter into debate about the “man”, but instead focus on the heroic qualities. Keeping it in the cinematic multiverse, Team DC
would have to be represented by Batman
again, as new heroes have yet to be the main characters on the big screen. So, in short, Batman
will represent Team DC this time.
on the other hand could be represented by a vast array of heroes, you could take your pick, really! The sheer size of the empire created by Marvel makes this battle a little harder, but I have decided to zero in on Captain America
To keep it even, let’s pick a human who became a hero too – Captain America.
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became a symbol of hope and valor, leading troops and courageously risking his life to save fellow soldiers. Bruce Wayne,
a multimillionaire fueled by revenge decided to take down Gotham’s criminals. Captain America
left part of the Avengers behind to continue saving cities from the terrible bullies. Batman
embarked on a vendetta against Superman because he was convinced Superman was a villain and a threat. In this particular battle of the heroes, the point is going to have to go to Team Marvel
. However, Batman realizes his mistakes and teams up with Superman, so I think Team DC
does deserve a point for showing that a change of heart can be a good thing.
‘nuf said. Marvel wins.
Somewhat anti-climatic ending? Yes, I agree. At the end of the day we need to be honest about this: Both empires cater to an audience that enjoys heroes being heroic and villains being beaten in epic fight scenes. The enterprises themselves are two different worlds
though, each has their positives and negatives. There cannot be one clear, unbiased win from either side. Take off the boxing gloves, sit down on the couch with your mates and watch endless amounts of DC and Marvel movies, enjoy each others’ company and keep dreaming about the hero you want to be