Marvel vs. DC

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By Somerset New-Stein

Since the dawn of comics people have been asking, “Which is better? Marvel or DC?” Both have a wide variety of complex and great Superheros and stories, but which one is better? That’s for you to decide.

Marvel was created in New York, in 1939 by Stan Lee, Jack Kirby, and Steve Ditko. Marvel released its first comic called “Marvel Comics #1” which featured The Human Torch, who is now part of the Fantastic 4. Marvel continued to make comics which received high acclaim from fans and critics alike. In the past Marvel had tried in the past to make superhero movies to compete with the DC’s  movie, their movies included Daredevil, and Captain America. But sadly both of these movies did horribly and are some of the worst superhero movies to date. Daredevil getting an average score of 40% and Captain America getting an average of 33%. But in 2008 Marvel redeemed themselves with the movie “Iron Man” Starring Robert Downey Junior. “Iron Man” did extremely well and now has two sequels. Marvel then released several other movies like, The Incredible Hulk, Iron Man 2, Thor, and Captain America: The First Avenger. But in 2012 we got a movie that united all of the superheros so far in the Marvel universe, “The Avengers”. Marvel’s Avengers became one of the biggest grossing films of all time pulling in a whopping 1.5 billion dollars! After Marvels giant success with The Avengers, they made even more movies, including: Iron Man 3, Captain America: Winter Soldier, Guardians of The Galaxy, and Antman. All of these movies were praised by fans and critics. In the past few years Marvel has released great movie after great movie, and it doesn’t seem like they’re going to stop. In November of 2016, Doctor Strange will come out (Which personally, I’m extremely excited for). After over 50 years Marvel has a solid fan base that just keeps growing.

DC was founded in 1934 by Malcolm Wheeler-Nicholson, who was one of the top comic writers at the time. The first superhero comic that DC released was Action Comics #1. Action Comics #1 was the debut of one of the first notable heroes, Superman. DC continued to make more comics and superheroes that their fans loved. 30 plus years later, 20th Century Fox, adapted DC’s popular superhero, Batman, into a full feature film. The movie starred Adam West as Batman and Burt Ward as Robin. DC wanted to release another movie, but it took a whopping 10 years until the release of Superman. Superman had a great cast, and amazing visual effects (at the time). It pulled in over 300 million dollars internationally and is now the greatest DC films in the hearts of many fans. Many films based off of DC comics continued to come out including, Superman II, Batman Returns, and Batman Begins. DC recently has gone through a bit of a rough patch when it comes to movies. The three most recent films that have come out (Man of Steel, Batman Vs. Superman, and Suicide Squad) have gotten mixed or bad reviews. Most people complain about how DC is trying to make their movies to dark and edgy. There is hope for DC still in 2017 the movies Wonder Woman and Justice League which look very promising.

What do the Students of SBJH Think?:

I asked 15 people from SBJH what they thought,”What’s better? Marvel or DC?” And based on my results the answer is, drumroll please… DC! 60% of the people that I asked said that they liked DC more than Marvel overall! I was actually very surprised by the results of the poll. I thought that more people would lean towards Marvel, because of their doing better in the box office, at the moment.

DC and Marvel are both great comic book companies, and I hope their rivalry drives them to make even better comics and movies.

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