Favorite cinematic universe: Marvel or DC?

Favorite cinematic universe: Marvel or DC?

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With "Black Panther," "Avengers: Infinity War" and "Ant-Man and the Wasp," the Marvel Cinematic Universe is stronger than ever. Meanwhile, the DC Extended Universe continues to struggle with an array of critically panned films—including "Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice," "Suicide Squad" and "Justice League." Fans argue that criticism is biased. But "Wonder Woman" was, without a doubt, a groundbreaking success, proving DCEU has what it takes. But can the DCEU top Marvel?

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The DCEU is often crapped on. So, CBR's Renaldo Matadeen wrote about the 15 reasons why the MCU is actually worse than the DCEU in June 2017. 

In a more recent interview via Twitter with The Tylt, Matadeen called the Marvel Cinematic Universe "fine and dandy." He acknowledged there isn't much right now the DCEU has over MCU, saying the latter is now objectively "light years ahead."

"I love both publishers and both sets of films/studios; it's just that at that point (which was way before 'Black Panther' and 'Infinity War'; and prior to 'Justice League'), I felt there was still hope. Now that seems to be a long hill to climb, but that's okay. The DCEU has an edge to it. I think [it] has more breadth in terms of storytelling. It's more dire, especially on a cosmic scale, which isn't as expansive as the MCU, but it's still so much more potent (Darkseid, the other Lantern Corps etc). I defended the DCEU because I love the DC comics and cartoons a bit more. But I'm objective and can easily say WB have dropped the ball big time."

But Matadeen also said the DCEU has stronger characters and backstories to work with, acknowledging there's still a little hope. 

"What I do think DCEU has over them though is stronger, more iconic characters with deeper backstory. The Trinity alone emphasizes this. There's so much to mine, and personally the Justice League has always felt like more of a superhero emblem to me than the Avengers, whether it's comics or cartoons. Has the DCEU properly exploited this though? Sadly, no. But they have better characters to me."

The MCU is well-oiled in terms of storytelling, marketing, casting and more—just like Matadeen said. But he's hoping that someday soon the DCEU will rise to the challenge. 

The DCEU has the stable of characters for a breakout success, it's just a matter of time before the films start living up to expectations. The holy trinity of Superman, Batman and Wonder Woman can't be disregarded.

And while DCEU films are critically panned, the films are huge box office successes. CBR's Adam Fitch wrote:

The DC Extended Universe has been subject to ruthless criticism and plenty of doubt, but the numbers don’t lie — the first five installments of Warner Bros.’ DCEU have earned more than the first five movies in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Going by the box office results alone, it’s impossible to argue that the DC Extended Universe hasn’t been more successful.

But the MCU has successfully developed its characters and storylines across 19 movies since "Iron Man" in 2008. The DCEU has been in development hell for quite some time and has yet to find a consistent flow. A new study argues that moviegoers prefer MCU films, according to Heroic Hollywood's Noah Villaverde.

A study was recently conducted by the market research tech company ZappiStore that explains why Marvel Studios consistently outperforms DC Films. The study used an advanced facial and emotional recognition platform to analyze the emotional responses of people watching numerous trailers from both companies.
The study concluded that viewers seem to resonate more with the characters and stories within the MCU compared to the DCEU. Viewers view Marvel Studios as a brand that stays true to the characters as displayed in the comics whereas DC Films ventures into different versions of the characters than what some fans may find as ideal – despite DC Films’ ongoing course-correction.

MovieWeb's Kevin Burweck broke down a "controversial" video explainer by YouTuber Evan Puschak A.K.A. The Nerdwriter, focused on the reasons why the MCU is way more successful overall than DCEU. One of the big reasons is better action sequences. Burweck wrote:

YouTuber Evan Puschak is the man behind the video. He touches on the idea of superhero fatigue for a moment before revealing that he wished these movies were around when he was a kid. It's here that Puschak says that he grew up on DC comics, not Marvel, before going on throw his theory out there. He believes that the MCU is far superior to the DCEU for a number of reasons, but the action scenes are the main thing that the MCU nails, while the DCEU films seem to fall flat.

Watch Puschak's video explainer below.

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