Only a true geek and comic book fan would appreciate the rivalry that is Marvel and DC. Not only are they always following each other's footsteps for our attention, but they are always trying to out do each other. Yes, there are the die hard fans out there that love their Marvel and their DC respectively to a point where they wish the other would create something that just failed miserably. That mindset, some may see it as loyal, I see it as unfortunate for those minds not open minded about what is happening in the rivalry.
As the geek and comic book fan that I am. I also had my allegiance on one side of the rivalry. Which was Marvel. My kids and my family are all about Marvel and only dove into DC when something releases in theaters or comics. Our family is so much into Marvel that I built, with the help of my brother, father, wife and other family members, a movie theater in the basement of our home dedicated only to the Marvel Cinematic Universe. The transformation video can be seen here.
After many years of following every move Marvel made and really not putting much thought into DC and their upcoming events, but of course after some thinking and realizations, I've come to see that not only is that mindset one way, but it's also only allowing me to enjoy 50% of the greatness that's before us today. You have two major comic book companies going head to head in the stands, TV and theaters. You have a slate of movies for the next 4 or so years that is going to blow our minds. So instead on focusing on the rivalry that they have, and who is better, we need to just sit back and enjoy everything they are throwing at us. NEVER compare the two. Don't walk into a theater thinking that you want to be entertained the way The Avengers or Batman: The Dark Knight did. Both labels have their own way to bringing their stories into the big screen. Marvel is a little more family friendly with their comedy, and DC is a little more dark and more gritty than Marvel. Which makes them almost polar opposites, which we all know is a good thing.
As a fan, I'm very happy in saying that it's OK to like both and it's OK to go into the movies not hoping it sucks so the other does better. As TRUE fans we should just sit back and watch them go head to head for OUR benefit. They will do everything to out do each other in every way, and we benefit from each move they make. Yes, you will have your mistakes here and there that will feel rushed or forced (Green Lantern & Fantastic 4), but you will still have them attempting more and more. Never have any of us seen a slate of superhero movies like this. They thought that at some point there would be superhero fatigue, but ever since Iron Man and Batman Begins, it's been just getting bigger. You see more superhero movies a year and it's just getting more jam packed.
Appreciating both, is the way to go so you can live out the geek fantasy you didn't know you wanted. They both have so much to offer and so much available to give you that not appreciating it would be a crime against yourself. These are the times we as kids hoped for, so why not enjoy both sides of the spectrum. Batman vs. Iron Man would probably be the biggest movie of all time. But we may never see it. Which is OK by me as long as they keep trying to out do each other, plus continue to come out with better movies and more properties each year.
There is no Marvel vs. DC. There is only Marvel & DC.
So appreciate the rivalry, cause the only winners that come out of this is US. We get to see all our comic books come to life on the big screen and we get to stay young just a little longer.