Pune: out of countless epic battles in the comic world, the world of superheroes, fantasy adventure and the brand fight between Marvel and DC have been the most epic and powerful one. Over the years, they have been competing against each other in terms of creation of superheroes, storylines, financial success, online gaming and merchandise. They have created their own aura of fans, league of superheroes and power packed studios.
With DC releasing ‘Batman vs Superman: Dawn of Justice’ this month and Marvel’s Captain America: Civil War scheduled in April, the rivalry has taken a different turn. It would be one of the biggest showdown in cinematic universe of comic world with biggest inter-superhero rivalries in comic books.
The fans of Marvel nd DC have evolved with the brand itself, they have placed themselves on either side of when it has come down to offerings, with The Drak Night by DC and The Avengers and Guardians of the Galaxy by Marvel have broken box office records, showing the movie adaptation of the comic books of superheroes.
The movies have shown some friendly rivalries, some leading to friendly encounters whereas some leading to death, destruction and war. So, what are the differences? We list down for you.
DC Entertainment belongs to Time Warner, Diane Whelan Nelson is the president but DC has different production house. The company has also published non-DC Universe-related material, including Watchmen, V for Vendetta and many titles under their alternative imprint Vertigo.
Whereas Marvel Studios is lead by Kevin Feige, film producer, and president , the films he has produced have a combined worldwide box office gross of $8.3 billion. Marvel studio is subsidiary under Marvel Entertainment which was acquired by Walt Disney in 2009. The deal was worth 4 Billion dollars. The deal allows Disney to use its all the divisions of Marvel to promote Marvel film, which eventually increases Disney’s stock.
DC’s load is on shoulders of Batman and Superman. With Suicide Squad will be broadest and biggest attempt at DC Universe. With Batman vs Superman, they have shown political undertones in the movies. Whereas Marvel takes the lighter road, Marvel heroes are virtuous and humorous with playboy image for example Iron Man, Star-Lord, Captain America.
The storyline of DC is not yet cohesive, they have to create a continuous story line for future, which they have tried to do in Batman vs Superman for upcoming movies Wonder Woman and Justice League, plotting the base for future movies introducing The Flash, Aqua Man and Cyborg. After decades of rushed stories where each character lived in their own series, dealing with their own problems, it was a nice change that it is bringing the characters together. The storytelling legacy power has been the trademark for DC.
Wheres Marvel has been putting up the cohesive storyline along with page and on screen, Brian Micheal Bendis and Mark Bagley did a record-setting 111 issue run on Ultimate Spider-Man. It started off with Iron Man back in 2008, since then they have built the storyline for Captain America, The Hulk, Thor, which later appeared in The Avengers in 2012, and the same cast appeared in The Avengers: Age of Ultron in 2014.
With Batman series by Christopher Nolan not only he is credited for being the darkest superhero movie adaption but also for that but also for 2.5 Billion global revenue stream from 2005-2012 plus Deadpool earning 600 million worldwide. But other films failed to do so, Catwoman received 82 million and Jonah Hex had to settle with 10.9 million.
Whereas Marvel has consecutive hits with Iron man making 585 million in 2008, Thor making 449 million, The Avengers making 1.5 Billion, Avengers: Age of Ultron making 1.4 Billion worldwide according to Box Office Mojo.
This is the computer software aura where both the rivals have excelled, with video games, online casino styled games, multiple licensing deals have been utilized to brand the products in the world. The first video game came for DC in 1979 , focusing on a solitary hero like image with The Death and Return of Superman, Batman: Arkham City. Whereas Marvel came in the market of video games in 1982, focusing on teamwork with video games like The Fantastic Four: Rise of Silver Hunter and The Amazing Spider-Man & Captain America in Dr. Doom’s Revenge!.
Whereas Marvel came in the market of video games in 1982, focusing on teamwork with video games like The Fantastic Four: Rise of Silver Hunter and The Amazing Spider-Man & Captain America in Dr. Doom’s Revenge!.
DC has superhero touch to the style, where the merchandise includes, action figures, t-shirts and badges which give an image of larger than life and god like the image to the characters. Whereas Marvel focuses on mystery and intrigue kind of image, with the motto of people first and a superhero second.
DC recently released Batman vs Superman: Dawn of Justice which had a tough time with critics, which lined up in future is the release of Suicide Squad in August 2016. Whereas, Marvel is set to make a mark with Captain America: Civil War in April this year.
So, no matter which boat you board, Marvel and DC have provided an immense diversity in terms of content, mythology and graphics. The inner-workings gives the audience a different adventure which is dark and moody, bright and bubbly to choose from. The competition not only gives space to create better content but interesting and entertaining products to explore and feel in this universe of superheroes.