In modern days, it can be argued that Marvel and DC are some of the biggest names out there. With both Marvel and DC and their characters being house hold names and producing some of the most anticipated and successful movies, both companies are literally everywhere these days.
However, it now seems like our perfect comic book world where both universes live happily is on the edge of destruction. What I mean by this is that nowadays, it seems impossible to like both Marvel and DC, all because of a war started by fans across the world. Every small act against either studios can cause that particular internet fanbase to go wild, as they try to top and bring the hate to the other.
So today, I am here to bring peace, and talk to you about three reasons why the Marvel vs. DC war is just in our heads and needs to stop! Bare in mind that I am both a DC and a Marvel fan (I know, HOW?!) and I am not supporting any side over the other, so don't come at me saying I am biased. Anyway, lets get started!
Both Studios Are Putting In Tons Of Effort
Comic book movies are extremely hard to make. Not only do they cost a lot, take a lot of time, and obviously need to have the perfect cast, but they need to stand up to high expectations. The failure of one movie can bring waste to a character or even an entire franchise, and both studios are working equally hard to entertain their audience — no one should be hated for that.
For example, if you look at budget you see that most superhero movies have a budget higher then $30 million, with the average being just a bit north of $100 million! This information, all according to Techinsider.io clearly shows you how much money is put into the business, without even considering salaries, time, and effort.
As you see in the chart above, even though Deadpool has a fairly small budget, it is obvious that many other films such as Guardians of the Galaxy, Batman Begins, and of course Man of Steel have ginormous budgets, all in the high hundreds of millions. Because of this, fans of both studios should start by respecting the effort put in by the studios, directors, actors, and writers, and not criticize a movie for simply being a Marvel or DC one. I am not saying you should not say your opinion about the movie, but completely trashing one in public will obviously start an unwanted war. Both films should be respected for what they bring to the table, and should not be compared to each other.
It Is Becoming Ugly
If you really look at what is going on the internet when it comes to DC vs. Marvel, you will find some very ugly discussions without looking very far into Instagram, Twitter, or Facebook. While the fight started out small (as any conflict does) it has now escalated to people blocking a person on Instagram or signing a petition against a critic.
Nowadays, fans of both sides seem to take any opportunity to blame the other, even for the silliest things. For example, many people blame movie critics to be Marvel fans, or just even to get paid by Disney to make the bad reviews! What many people don't realize is that the films are made for the fans, and not really for the critics. While a good review won't hurt, a real fan would go see the movie with or without positive insight.
One primary example of this is the famous Rotten Tomatoes case. After negatively reviewing all DCEU films so far, critics are continuously attacked by fans. while some DCEU fans are more casual about it, many blame Marvel's side of things and even started a petition to close the site.
Still, even with the negative reviews, Batman v Superman has been a box office success, and Suicide Squad is surly on the way there. But still, both DC and Marvel fans get ticked off every time they hear about a critic that even says a tiny bad word about someone from their colony, and fans have started taking things way too far when it comes to dealing with haters.
At The End of the Day, They Depend on Each Other!
A thing that many people don't understand is that -while they are different- Marvel and DC studios are still in the same industry of comic book films. Because of this, the success of one film can lead to greatness to come, and the failure can lead to disaster, like in any other industry. It can be said that without the Marvel Shared Universe, there would be no DC Shared Universe. It can also be said that without the Arrow Tv series there would probably be no Daredevil. There are so many more examples of this interdependence of the studios, to the point where I could make a whole article about that.
What many fans of both sides don't realise, is that they should be happy for the success of the other, and sad for their failure, as it can heavily effect the status of their own universes. While expressing your opinion is what the internet was created for, completely bashing others is definitely not. Marvel and DC fans should understand that without one, the other won't exist, and that the studios are opposites of the same topic.
Overall, this "war" is not really between the studios, but us the fans. We are the ones who can stop it and should realise by now that without DC, there will be no Marvel, and that without Marvel, there will be no DC. Both studios are working their butt off to entertain us, why ruin the fun and fight?
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