The war between #Marvel and #DC fans over which company has the best movies has been raging on for years. Each side loves to take shots at each other, often in incredibly surprising ways. We sometimes believe this battle is just among the fandom, but there are occasions in which an actor from either franchise joins the battlefield, making the fire stronger and the war much more brutal.
The latest example is Ant-Man's #EvangelineLilly. The actress was part of a panel at Emerald City Comicon, and considering her upcoming role as one of Marvel's signature superheroes - Wasp - she was asked about her involvement in the universe.
She responded by giving fans a little background on her casting. The actress revealed she was considering retiring from acting after Lost, but got pulled back into the game by The Hobbit. The end of that trilogy could have been the end of her career as well, but a certain superhero franchise came knocking:
“Edgar Wright called me. The only Marvel film I’d seen at that time was 'Iron Man', and I didn’t even know it was a Marvel film. So I was like, I don’t want to do a stupid superhero movie.”
That statement got her a few boos from the crowd, but she continued by praising Marvel Studios' effort to be different in such a crowded industry, using costar #PaulRudd's casting as an example:
“Who casts Paul Rudd as a superhero? Nobody. So I was like, I gotta check out these Marvel guys and see what they’re up to, and apparently they were up to really cool s--t. 'How have I missed these guys who are making really cool superheroes who don’t take themselves too seriously?'
And that's when the shot at DC was taken, because she gave an example of the opposite of Marvel's successful approach to superhero stories:
Her criticism echoes what many fans have been very vocal about: Unlike Marvel, DC doesn't give its characters room to be fun and uplifting. That topic has been explored numerous times in the past and fortunately, it looks like DC is taking notes, as there's been a noticeable change in its approach to the superhero genre, most evident in the Justice League trailer, which suggested some much-needed levity was on the way in the very dark #DCEU.
Now, Lilly's comments might have been a strong jab at her competitor, but like I said before...
Evangeline Lilly's Not The Only Marvel Star Criticizing DC
Back in 2015, during an interview with Collider, Anthony Mackie was asked which company he preferred: DC or Marvel. Mackie asked the interviewer what was the last good DC movie he had seen. After the answer he got was Man of Steel, the actor said:
"That scares me that you are reviewing movies [...] Don't say ['Civil War'] is good. Because that means... if you say it's good, that means it's awful because you have awful taste."
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There was also #RobertDowneyJr. In 2008, he shared his thoughts about The Dark Knight and... well, let's just say they weren't kind:
"[I] Didn't understand 'The Dark Knight'. Didn’t get it, still can’t tell you what happened in the movie, what happened to the character and in the end they need him to be a bad guy. I’m like, I get it. This is so high brow and so fucking smart, I clearly need a college education to understand this movie. You know what? F--k DC comics. That’s all I have to say and that’s where I’m really coming from.”
Double ouch. It seems the majority of Marvel actors are not big DC fans—though it's not as if DC stars haven't taken their own shots at Marvel, as well. I suppose the Marvel/DC flamewar just got a big uglier. Fortunately for us, among all the craziness that's about to happen in the fandom battlefield, we'll be getting some pretty incredible movies, such as #AntManAndTheWasp. So don't forget to check it out once it hits theaters on July 6, 2018.
What did you think of Evangeline Lilly's jab at DC? Was it called for? Let me know in the comments!