ARTICLE BY ASHLEY RODRIGUEZ, JOURNALISM STUDENT:
DC and Marvel have been rivaling each other for many decades now. But what are their differences? What makes them special from each other?
Let's first look at the themes. What really is the difference? Marvel usually has lighter tones in their stories; they would also have more realistic themes for their story and character, like in both Guardians of the Galaxy movies where there is a more playful atmosphere and a lot more jokes in it. DC is the opposite, with darker themes, especially in the movies, like The Batman where they stick to the dark plot and stay away from any comedy.
What about the characters? Most DC characters are granted some kind of power either from birth or at some point in their life. They are also usually based on some sort of mythology, mostly Greek, like Aquaman representing Poseidon and Wonder Woman representing the god of war. DC heroes will also usually be incredibly powerful in both films and movies without anything leading up to it. On the other hand, Marvel characters are more ¨human¨ and they are usually seen slowly getting better at handling their powers, like when Spiderman was bitten by a spider for his powers or how the Hulk got his power from an accidental exposure to gamma rays. Both of these characters throughout comics and movies were learning how to use their powers.
When it comes to ratings, while people have many different opinions about both, Marvel is the more well-liked one out of the two. The average Metacritic score they usually get is 58.73 while DC usually gets 56.71. They also scored an 87 on their most successful movie Black Panther while DC got an 84 on their highest movie Dark Knight. Meanwhile, DC has the lowest score on a movie with a 27 on the movie Catwoman while Marvel scored a 52 in their movie Eternals.
There are many differences between Marvel and DC. Marvel seems to be the more fan-favorite but that doesn't mean it's the better one. Their differences make them unique and provide fans with endless hours of entertainment and debate.