Brace yourselves, today I’m discussing a deeply polarizing subject. One that has divided much of the western world. It’s a battle that has several decades. A topic so disputed, that picking a side could me life or death. Okay, maybe not. But it’s still a big deal. Which is better, Marvel or DC? Both are giants in the comic book world, as well as the movie industry. But in recent years, there is a clear victor. Marvel.
It’s true, DC does have history. Superman is widely considered the first super hero and batman has been entertaining audiences for decades. However, that’s were DC stops. It only has 2 iconic characters. At least only two deserving their own movie. Marvel, on the other hand has a loaded roaster. Heroes like Spiderman, Ironman, Thor, and Captain America dominate the media.
Movie revenues are often a good indication of public interest. Let me hit you with some numbers. The average Marvel movie made $190 million while the average DC made only $129 million. DC’s most successful movie The Dark Knight, made $533 million. Marvel’s The Avengers made a whopping $620 million. DC has made 23 movies in the last 35 years. Marvel has made 28 in the last 15 years alone. Marvel is even beating DC in comic book sales. Marvel earning much more than DC is, and it’s going to be that way for a while.
Marvel continues introduce new characters to the cinematic scene with films like Deadpool and Antman. DC uses the two same old characters, Batman and Superman. It’s like that’s all they have. This really hurts them financially.
It’s not just me, many people like Marvel better, even if they won’t say it out loud. Can you blame them? DC isn’t trying too hard right now. Marvel just has more options as far as their heroes go. One realm Marvel isn’t dominating is TV. DC’s shows The Arrow, The Flash, Supergirl, and Legends of Tomorrow are doing well right now. Although, Marvel isn’t too far behind with Daredevil, Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., Agent Carter, Jessica Jones, and the upcoming Luke Cage.
I’m honestly excited about the rivalry between Marvel and DC. They push each other to be better. I, the fan, get to enjoy all the benefits. However, It’s clear that Marvel has got an edge. I can’t wait to see how DC plans to close the gap.