Marvel comics vs. DC comics

Marvel comics  vs. DC comics

Haley McCoy, Center Focus Editor

     It’s an age-old question, a conundrum that has stumped the most intelligent readers and most avid fans for years. You can’t do research on it, which makes it even harder to answer. So riddle me this: DC or Marvel?

     Odds are, you’ve heard of, if not seen, box-office-record-breaking adaptations such as Guardians of the Galaxy, The Avengers, The Dark Knight and, most recently, Deadpool. They’re superhero movies, easy to watch and easy to love. The hero, be it an intergalactic god, a man who was wronged by the world or a woman given superpowers by a scientific feat, is flawed and powerful. There’s the sidekicks, the enemy who poses a threat to the hero and — spoiler alert — the love interest who always seems to make the wrong decision or be in the wrong place at the wrong time.

     Though these tropes are repeated over and over again, something keeps drawing people back in, and it keeps the friendly rivalry between the two comic giants alive. DC has brought superheros such as Superman, Batman and Wonderwoman to the big screen, projecting a darker, more brooding type of hero. In contrast, Marvel has the witty Tony Stark as Iron Man and the eternal optimist Captain America to set more moral, virtuous tones.

     “Personally, I like DC Comics more than Marvel,” said Taylor Martocci (‘16).

     DC hasn’t yet created a cinematic universe like Marvel has. Batman and Superman have each had their own movies, which are set in the same world, but DC has yet to put out a movie that connects the two heros. Later in 2016, Suicide Squad and Batman v Superman: the Dawn of Justice will be DC’s first attempt to combine their most popular superhero stories into one universe.

     “Marvel has always been my favorite universe,” said Brenna Rieches (‘16). “I always liked Captain America.”

     Marvel, on the other hand, has repeatedly shown the ability to combine superheroes, with The Avengers and The Avengers: Age of Ultron putting the most popular Marvel heroes in one movie. There have been other crossovers, such as when the female hero Black Widow appeared in both the Iron Man and Captain America storylines. Marvel has a collection of popular heroes and has shown time and time again that they are not afraid of mixing the plots together to create a more exciting experience for moviegoers.

     DC has shown more prowess in television, with two popular shows on the CW Network, Arrow and The Flash. Arrow follows the Green Arrow, and incorporates a handful of other DC heroes and villains, most noticeably those that, in the comic books, battled Batman. The Flash follows its namesake, telling the story of the fastest man alive. The two shows have crossed paths before, and another show, DC’s Legends of Tomorrow was recently introduced, following a few minor characters that appeared in both The Flash and Arrow.

     Marvel’s most popular television show Marvel’s Agents of Shield follows Avengers hero Agent Phil Coulson and his team of agents as they pick up the pieces of the world following the disasters in New York and Sokovia, as portrayed in both Avengers films. Other Marvel shows include Daredevil and Jessica Jones, stories from Hell’s Kitchen, New York. Daredevil is about a man who went blind as a child, but the chemical that caused his disability also strengthened his other senses. Jessica Jones is the tale of a girl of the same name who possesses super-strength and an attitude.

     While the stories may at times seem similar to one another, the two comic book giants are very different. Marvel, as its own enterprise, markets its films exclusively, trying to reach the largest audience. DC is a subsidy of Warner Bros Entertainment Inc., and so is unable to market its films as effectively as Marvel is, as it needs to share money and time with the likes of Harry Potter.

     Even though the two enterprises may be rivals vying for the same limited amount of attention, many people put such things aside and choose to watch anything and everything that hits theaters. As long as there are superhero movies to be made and people to see them, both companies will continue to thrive and the legends of those heroes will live on.