DC vs. Marvel: Utterly Pointless and Bias

That’s it. I won’t do any sort of post regarding what movies I’m most excited for and anticipating in 2016. You can figure those out for yourselves. Instead, I’m taking my time to address one of the most recent and pointless wars in pop culture. Marvel Comics versus DC Comics. Essentially, Warner Brothers versus Disney. Now, some of you may remember that I created a debate of Xbox vs. PlayStation last year. I got accused of bias by several people. That’s true. But now, I’m older and wiser, and I try not to get involved in arguments such as Star Wars vs. Star Trek, because those battles are sure to only end in petty bickering and one side feeling bad about themselves. Enter the recent feud between DC and Marvel. This is likely due to the recent growth in movies based on superheroes licensed from their respective companies. Disney and 20th Century Fox fight over what superheroes they’re allowed to use while Warner Bros. solely owns DC Entertainment but doesn’t often interfere with projects. The Marvel Cinematic Universe is thriving right now because it’s established itself as a comedic, mostly family-friendly franchise that’s able to popularize lesser known characters, but is starting to suffer from being too big for it’s own good and having repetitive, one-dimensional villains. The brooding and mature DC Extended Universe is just starting to mobilize starting with Man of Steel and will likely accelerate with the upcoming releases of Suicide Squad and Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, but it’s hard to deny the fact that so many characters like Aquaman and Cyborg are getting their introductions years before their own solo films, thus feeling shoehorned into the experience. Both sides have major flaws that fans either refuse to acknowledge or exaggerate far too much. For example, I’m among the few people who actually enjoyed Man of Steel because I thought it was a new and interesting take on Superman, but I’ll admit that it was very violent and probably could have been toned down a little bit for the faint of heart. I also enjoyed Avengers: Age of Ultron because of it’s action and memorable villain, but many people dismiss the fact that it was overstuffed not only with pointless fan service and underdeveloped characters, but also tried too hard to include so many quips and one liners. You see, many people like to believe that Disney and Warner Bros. are going head-to-head in recent times and trying to outdo one another. While that may feel apparent with the superhero films they both have planned, they’re smarter than to listen to their raging fanbases. So far, neither company is releasing a Marvel movie the same date as a DC movie or vice versa, because that would be an idiotic move on both studios’ parts. They can release opposite anything else, but not other superhero films. Besides, Batman will be going toe-to-toe against Superman Lex Luthor, and Doomsday in March, while Captain America and Falcon will fight against Iron and Black Panther this May. Interestingly, both movies regard the theme of accountability and one hero in both scenarios, Wonder Woman and Spider Man, will stand from the sidelines in neutrality. And after Steven Spielberg’s comments on how superhero movies are like a fad, director Zack Snyder stated that DC will eventually overtake Marvel. Sebastian Stan fired back, questioning how that would be possible since the characters Snyder’s directing are not relatable. This came from the man playing the Winter Soldier, one of the least relatable characters in the MCU. Plus, even though you can still like them, Jessica Jones, Thor, Hawkeye, Black Widow, and the Vision aren’t the most relatable of characters either. Does Marvel have too many jokes and one-dimensional villains? Sure. Is DC overemphasizing dark tones and rushing characters to film? Sure. I still love both brands of comics and media entertainment, but that doesn’t mean I have to pick a side. My two favorite superheroes are Spider Man and Batman, and it really depends on what type of mood you’re feeling. It’s an absolutely childish and subjective argument, and anyone who tries to convince you otherwise is bias. If you want to watch a superhero movie, don’t worry. There are PLENTY of those from both Warner Bros. and Disney that are worth watching and getting excited about. If you’re upset by the fact that Ben Affleck is playing Batman or Tom Holland is the new Spider Man, no one’s asking you to preach to the choir about your frustrations. Who am I to make these sort of judgments? I’m just a passionate nerd talking to audiences via the mask of a keyboard and computer screen. I suppose this is what you’re supposed to take away from this rant: Stop having a war between DC comics and Marvel comics. I am however, still excited to see Deadpool, Civil War, Dawn of Justice, Suicide Squad, Doctor Strange, and Xmen: Apocalypse. I really don’t care what comic brand is slapped in front of them. I’d love to hear your thoughts about this debate in the comments. And if you like what you see, like this post and Follow my blog for more interesting content.


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