On one hand we have The Avengers and on the other we have The Justice League, so the question is are you more akin to the Marvel universe or are you more of a fan of the DC Comics. Both are huge sources for superhero material and it doesn’t seem to be stopping anytime soon for any of them. Both studios are currently developing several movies and both are expanding their franchises into television. In order to figure out which of the two brands you prefer, let’s take a look at the facts and help you decide your favorite.
Marvel is certainly not a new group and have been around since 1939. It started as Timely Publications and after many years in the business it holds today some of the biggest superhero names ever such as Spider-Man, Wolverine, Iron Man, Captain America, the Hulk, Thor and teams as the Avengers, the Fantastic Four, the Guardians of the Galaxy and the X-Men, and villains such as Doctor Octopus, Green Goblin, Kingpin, Magneto, Doctor Doom, Loki, Thanos, Hydra and the Red Skull.
Nowadays it is practically impossible to meet someone who hasn’t watched at least one Marvel movie and if you have enjoyed the movies in the theaters it is also very possible that you have watch some of the current Marvel TV shows such as ABC’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D and Agent Carter or maybe Netflix’s recent series Daredevil.
The expansion of the Marvel Cinematic Universe is also growing and in 2016 the studio is bringing titles such as Deadpool, Captain America: Civil War, X men Apocalypse, Gambit and Doctor Strange. There are two more Avengers Sequels currently on pre-production as well.
As for DC many people don’t know that the initials stand for ‘’Detective Comics’’. This group is just a little bit older than Marvel, being founded in 1934 as National Allied Publications. Nowadays it has become one of the largest and most successful companies operating in American comic books and produces material featuring numerous well-known heroic characters including Superman, Batman, Wonder Woman, Green Lantern, the Flash, Aquaman, Shazam, Green Arrow, and Hawkman.
The fictional DC universe also features teams such as the Justice League, the Justice Society of America, and the Teen Titans. Their cast also includes well-known villains such as the Joker, Lex Luthor, Catwoman, The Cheetah, Darkseid, Ra’s al Ghul, Deathstroke, Sinestro, Brainiac, and Black Adam.
Initially the presence of DC movies was certainly bigger than Marvel’s with huge titles like Superman starred by the late Christopher Reeve and Tim Burton’s Batman movies. Both names proved to be very successful series at first but after a number of good first movies they ended up declining with questionable movies such as Batman and Robin starring George Clooney and Arnold Schwarzenegger.
There was a time when it seemed that the DC movies where no longer profitable for Hollywood. That was until the superhero movies were forever changed in the hands of Christopher Nolan’s Dark Knight Trilogy.
After this very successful revival of the Batman brand, DC comics is now bringing out the big guns in order to compete with the current champion that is Marvel and their Avengers Universe. The idea is to build a successful franchise with the Justice League characters.
In 2016 DC comics is placing all their bets on the highly anticipated Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice. This feature film will finally show us the battle between two of the most iconic characters of all time and it will also bring us the first movie incarnation of the popular Wonder Woman as well as cameos from Aquaman and the Flash.
DC is also bringing us another titan hopeful with The Suicide Squad, a movie that will focus on the villain’s side of the story. The film brings huge nemesis such as The Joker, Harley Quinn and Deathshot to the big screen.
In the television world, DC has very successful series such as FOX’s Gotham, THE CW’s Arrow and The Flash and the upcoming highly anticipated CBS’s show, Supergirl.
After detailing some of the big names, movies and series of each franchise, by now you have definitely picked which brand is your favorite. But perhaps you are a part of a third group of people such as myself. You may like both studios and enjoy the superheroes of both companies, acknowledging that both have had big success stories as well as some very notable failures. In the end we enjoy the healthy completion of these studios because it will continue to bring us high quality material for years and years to come