Marvel vs. DC: The Next Generation
Last week, Marvel fired the returning shot in what will now be known as the “Great Comic Book Movie Wars”. After Warner Bros.’ announcement of their slate of DC comics based movies, Marvel countered with a massive event unveiling their “Phase 3” movies, including the film debuts of Captain Marvel, Black Panther, and the Inhumans.
It’s certainly ambitious on both studios’ parts. However, I have to give the edge to Marvel, and not because I’ve always leaned more towards Marvel than DC (Batman aside). Marvel has had huge success with their movies, while Warner Bros has only had one film out, and Man Of Steel wasn’t a movie that excited the world like Iron Man did back in 2008. I’d consider Inhumans to be the hardest sell for “normies”, but then again, now that Guardians of the Galaxy has become the highest grossing film of the year, there’s no way to not expect every one of these films to do great business at the box office.
By the sheer number of films they’ve released, it’s no surprise that people are more excited for the Marvel films over the DC ones. However, it should be noted that the WB DC movie announcement wasn’t done at a giant event to announce the movies, but at an investor’s conference. If WB had done a similar presentation to what Marvel did, then there would absolutely be a bigger reaction to their announcement. But the fact is, they didn’t pull out the stops like Marvel did, and that’s why Marvel stole their thunder.
The “Marvel vs. DC” war has raged on for decades, and will only intensify as each of these films are released. As easy as it would be to take sides in this upcoming Comic Book War, I honestly feel like we’re better off just appreciating the fact that these movies are even happening. I mean, did anyone EVER think we’d be getting a Wonder Woman movie, or hell, a BLACK PANTHER one for that matter? The amount of comic book movies coming out in the next decade is insane, and will probably never happen again. Besides that, having both Marvel Studios and Warner Bros producing comic book films means that they’ll be in competition with one another, and which will (hopefully) make both studios strive to make the best movies they possibly can.
It’s never going to get any better than this folks. Let’s appreciate it while we can.