Please, Stop Comparing DC to Marvel

Christopher Pruchnick, Staff Writer

Like most people, I believe that the Marvel Cinematic Universe has some of the best comic book movies of all time. However, unlike most people, I also believe that DC makes some pretty solid movies as well. The DC Universe of movies has only been around since 2013, with the release of Man of Steel, and people are comparing the franchise to the MCU, which has been around since 2008. The bottom line is that the MCU has had far more time to establish its shared universe. 

As someone who likes Marvel, I promise I’ll try to make this as unbiased as I possibly can. I feel that people shouldn’t be comparing DC movies to Marvel movies because of the fact that DC hasn’t really had the chance to find its own style due to how late it was started compared to the ten years Marvel has had of character and world building. Although I understand why people do compare the two to each other with them being seen as rival franchises in all parts of the entertainment industry (comics, games, movies, etc.), DC just hasn’t had the time to build up all of their movies, plots, and world cohesion.

As a result of Marvel having more time to set up, they had time to find the tone they wanted after experimenting with many different styles of directing and setting. With this time, they have been able to fully get a grasp of what the fans want from their movies while the DCEU hadn’t hit that spot until releases like Aquaman, Wonder Woman, and Shazam, giving them the serious undertone while also being very optimistic.

In my honest opinion, I feel that the two companies shouldn’t be compared due to the fact that the DCEU has only had roughly three to four years to set up while the MCU has had over ten years to fully get themselves together. Only time will tell if DC is able to fully measure up, but we need to give them time before we pass judgement.