Must There Be A War Among Fanboys?
Why Can't We All Just Get Along?
Marvel or DC: which one do you like? There seems to be a war going on in today's society within the entertainment sector and that is whether DC is better than Marvel or vice versa. The truth is, can we really decide between the two? As a friend told me, comparing DC and Marvel is like comparing comedy and horror. While Marvel does have some dark and dramatic moments, it's really DC that has the humorless, sometimes scary, and even frightening storylines. When's the last time you heard of a kid having nightmares because of a Marvel movie? I haven't heard of any. I have, however, heard of kids have nightmares because of Scarecrow's fear tactics in Batman Begins.
Why is there a war in the first place? Can't we all just get along? Apparently, we can't. I have seen comments on the Doctor Strange trailer that was remarkably harsh. People would claim the movie looked like crap so it must be crap and then go into a long rant about how DC is darker and edgier and superior. Let's turn those tables, though! I have also seen comments on the Suicide Squad trailer where people were up in arms over the Joker's tattoos, claiming Marvel would have never made that mistake.
Well, I think now is the time to point out that both sides have faults. For the sake of time, let's limit this to the MCU (Marvel Cinematic Universe) and the DCEU (DC Extended Universe). One major fault in the MCU would be the insulting use of the Mandarin in Iron Man 3. Spoiler Alert, it was a fake out, not the actual Mandarin. Still, it was a dirty trick to play on hardcore fans that were pumped to see the real Mandarin facing off against Iron Man. Now, let's switch sides and look at the DCEU. In Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice, Lex Luthor was not, in fact, THE Lex Luthor but Lex Jr. Some would say that Lex Jr was an insult to the powerful Lex Luthor because of his inability to concentrate, his erratic behavior, and, of course, his comical nature. The Lex from the comics was a powerful, serious man who was headstrong, stubborn, and diabolical, along with secretive and cunning. Was Lex crazy? Possibly, but he wasn't maniacal like the Joker.
Those were just two examples of the fact that there's enough fault to go around. Personally, I love both Marvel and DC and I look forward to the rest of Phase 3 and Phase 1 respectively.
In conclusion, it really is pointless to fight over which side is better than the other. These heroes symbolize different things to different people. Really, we should celebrate superheroes as symbols of who we should long to be, rather than spark hatred over who has the cooler power or darker story.
© 2016 Alec Zander