Over the last few years Marvel and DC have made numerous blockbusters that have topped the charts. The Dark Knight Rises in 2012 made $160 million in its first weekend, and Marvel’s Avengers did even better grossing $207.4 million. These two comic powerhouses started from the great minds of Stan Lee (creator of Spiderman, X-men, Captain America, Thor, Hulk, and Iron Man), Jerry Siegel and Joe Shuster (Superman), and Bill Finger and Bob Kane (Batman). Their transference to the realm of the movies has been a gradual change that now brings in thousands of viewers. But the real question is: are they both still popular or has one surpassed the other?
There are many factors to take in when comparing the two, but in the end, audiences are the best critics. Marvel has made about six films that deserve recognition as blockbusters: Thor, Captain America, The Amazing Spiderman, Avengers, Iron Man 3, and Wolverine. All of these took special effects to the max, and took advantage of super human mutants. But despite the success and draw
of these movies, DC shouldn’t be cut out of the running. With The Dark Knight series, Batman was given a dark side to satisfy comic book fans. Not to mention the Superman: Man of Steel reboot that came out over the summer. DC also made the Green Lantern and Watchmen, movies that may not be as successful but were still equally important in promoting DC.
Taking both into account, I compiled an average rating for each side (out of 100) including the most recent or classic Marvel and DC movies. In the end, Marvel won with a 77.8 and DC was behind at 66.8. Thor was the average of the group, scoring a 76 (you can never go wrong with a lightning hammer). Iron Man and Captain America ranked decently, but Avengers is the crown of Marvel, scoring a 92. This isn’t surprising as this movie has been planned for quite some time and it didn’t disappoint. With plenty of action and Hulk smashing his way through New York City, this movie was a must see. Not to mention, superheroes we have spent years learning about came together as one. Although DC did have potential, The Dark Knight series is definitely the DC showcase, scoring solid 80’s and 90’s straight through. No one felt remorse after watching this climactic comic book phenomenon that continued throughout each movie. What killed DC was Green Lantern and Man of Steel. Green Lantern was a fluke effort and most were disappointed with the special effects, and Man of Steel was just another superhero movie.
Overall, Marvel and DC both have the potential to be spectacular and we hope they will be with plans for Superman vs. Batman, Flash, Wonder Woman, Thor 2, Avengers 2, and Captain America Winter Soldier. All of these movies were good and should be watched because no matter what anyone else says, you have to decide for yourself what you think. Either way, the choice will not be easy with movies like these.
Logan Conrad/Staff Writer