Everyone always claims that the ancient, seemingly never-ending feud between the two largest comic book companies in history, DC and Marvel, has finally died off in recent years. It's fair to say that in the comic book world, with the world of comics having become a sideline to other media s, that the competition has died down in the world of comics quite a bit, but it seems as though the film industry feud is just now beginning to come to a boil.
We saw our first major sign of conflict when Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice postponed its release date yet again onto the same date as an unannounced mystery Marvel Studios movie. Everyone simply thought it was little more than a misunderstanding, and nothing but some confusion that could be politely handled by someone choosing to change the release date. But when Marvel announced the mystery movie to be Captain America 3, and both refused to change their release dates, shots were officially fired.
Whether or not DC went to great lengths to try to one-up Marvel this Comic-Con is unknown, but when a list of upcoming DC movies to be announced at Comic-Con including some of their biggest titular heroes leaked online, it certainly seemed that way. The list is as follows:
May 2016 – Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice
July 2016 – Shazam
Xmas 2016 – Sandman
May 2017 – Justice League
July 2017 – Wonder Woman
Xmas 2017 – Flash and Green Lantern team-up
May 2018 – Man Of Steel 2
When this list was practically confirmed, and more recently suggested by The Rock who will be involved with the Shazam movie, it was rather obvious that Warner Brothers (owners of DC film rights) would absolutely be showing Disney up (owners of Marvel). But with Marvel's most recent announcement of 5 new untitled movie dates, it's clear that they refuse to be outdone by DC this year, and has recently reaffirmed that they will not be moving the release date of Captain America 3. Marvel's official new schedule looks something like this:
July 17, 2015 - Ant-Man
May 5th, 2016 - Captain America 3
July 8th, 2016 - (Most Likely) Doctor Strange
May 5th, 2017 - Untitled
July 27th, 2017 - Untitled
November 3rd, 2017 - Untitled
July 6th, 2018 - Untitled
November 12th, 2018 - Untitled
May 3rd, 2019 - Untitled
Will Marvel be announcing these movies alongside DC's revelation of their film schedule through 2018? It doesn't seem to be a coincidence that Marvel has selected film dates such as July 2016, May 2017, and July 2017 which have corresponding release dates between the two studios. Many fans have speculated that Marvel might even release Ms. Marvel in the same month as the plans for a Wonder Woman movie for the sake of lessening their publicity as the first major female superhero movie.
Still, does Marvel feel they have a movie that could rival the Justice League movie? I sure hope they have a movie they think is that good! Two amazing movies in the same month will be as amazing May 5th, 2016 will be. Still, it's clear Marvel and DC are dancing along a thin line.
Who will impress the most this Comic-Con? While DC clearly has some of their biggest titles to announce, we the fans already know they're coming, while Marvel doesn't usually share all of their titles at once, they have to potential to announce titles many more fans will be excited for. Make your prediction below (and don't cheap us out and try to say you like them both, THIS IS SPARTA! I mean.. THIS IS WAR!)