Disney's most epic universe: Marvel or 'Star Wars'? | The Tylt
2019 is a year filled with epic blockbusters—but it's no secret that "Avengers: Endgame" and "Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker" may stand above the rest. While the global phenomenon "Endgame" is giving summer blockbuster season an early start, highly anticipated "The Rise of Skywalker" will hit theaters in December. Although these Disney movie releases are months apart, both come from arguably the greatest cinematic universes ever. But which universe is the GOAT?
Disney's most epic universe: Marvel or 'Star Wars'?
By Deron Dalton, Deputy Editor:
In 2008, the Marvel Cinematic Universe released "Iron Man," making the titular role played by the iconic Robert Downey Jr. the godfather of the MCU. Before that, Marvel properties were sold and distributed across movie studios. So while Fox found success with the "X-Men" movies, Sony launched the original commercially successful "Spider-Man" franchise. The "X-Men" movies are still occurring with the release of "Dark Phoenix" underway, and Sony still has rights to Spidey and its spinoffs, even though he's in the MCU.
Nevertheless, the MCU also brought us box office successes "The Incredible Hulk," "Thor" and "Captain America: The First Avenger." Phase One began introducing the Infinity Stones—time, space, mind, reality, soul and power—all of which made an appearance by the time of "Infinity War." Also, Phase One's events led up to the epic finale—"The Avengers" in 2012.
In 2012, the legacy of the MCU was officially cemented and moviegoers became an even more dedicated, loyal fanbase. New franchises ("Spider-Man: Homecoming," "Black Panther" and "Captain Marvel") and sequels to franchises ("Captain America: Civil War" and "Thor: Ragnarok") joined the Universe throughout the decade. Hence, way more Marvel heroes were introduced as leading characters and supporting players. Most movies were tied into one another and referenced those Infinity Stones, knowingly leading up to something even bigger with the celestial Mad Titan—Thanos.
By Jason Henninger, Senior Content Editor:
In 1977, George Lucas, a relative newcomer to the film world, launched a film that changed cinematic history. “Star Wars: A New Hope” combined elements of old science fiction serials such as Buck Rogers and Flash Gordon with elements of Akira Kurosawa’s samurai classics. Lucas (along with his Indiana Jones partner Steven Spielberg) practically invented the summer blockbuster. The success of the "Star Wars" franchise ushered in the wave of science fiction and fantasy films of the 1980s, and continues to dominate at the box office, even though the current landscape is almost saturated with heroic action films.
What makes the "Star Wars" universe so enduring and endearing, despite decades and a few pretty serious missteps? First, it’s damn cool. Even the not-so-great entries look like a galaxy you’d love to see. And who on earth would not want a lightsaber or Jedi mind tricks? Beyond special effects and fights, though, the films tap directly into profound storytelling archetypes and philosophies, somehow reminiscent of both the “Odyssey” and “Tao Te Ching.” Honor, sacrifice, power, redemption, humor and the ongoing battle of good and evil all come to life in the Star Wars universe.