Isabella Moran

This illustration demonstrates the rivalry between Marvel and DC Comics.

Marvel vs. DC: It’s time to settle the score

February 27, 2023

The dispute between Marvel and Dc has been going on since the 1940s. DC originated in 1934 and Marvel in 1939. Both carry a legacy of entertaining literature and inspirational content that have been popular among multiple generations.

In the following, there are the opinions of two journalists that will debate on which is better. Marvel or DC.


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Bailee Small argues that Marvel is the best!

Marvel is better than DC: The true opinion

The debate between Marvel and DC has been the talk of controversy ever since they both came into existence, but as a Marvel fan, it is without a doubt that Marvel is better, and here’s why.

Firstly, Marvel movies have more characters that have more connections both with each other and in their storylines, while DC has a lack of continuity within their cinematic universe. Flop movies are movies that are highly unsuccessful and poorly favored, and DC has had many flop movies. “Catwoman,” was a disappointment at the box office with a total gross of $85 million, and “Green Lantern” faced a similar disappointment despite Ryan Reynolds efforts.

Marvel on the other hand has had more successful box office numbers. For example, “Black Panther” grossed 1.3 billion worldwide and is #14 of the highest grossing movies of all time. From the beginning of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, the origin story of Iron Man grossed over $585 million and is considered a timeless marvel movie. In comparison, doesn’t DC have more flops?



Some may argue that DC has better comics, but from the corny dialogue to the cheap CGI, it is without question that most of DC’s movies are just plain horrible. DC movie plotlines are dull, for an example. If you watch “Justice League,” then you will find Superman defeating all the members single handedly. While that is not the case in any Marvel movie. Consider the movie “Captain America: Civil War.” The battle between team Captain America and team Iron Man was evenly adjusted even though vision was on iron mans side. The amount of action is either to much or too little.

In the movie “Steel,” the action scenes had everything but action. The Justice League is often said to have too much action and too grim and gritty. DC storylines can also be difficult to follow with their casting inconsistencies, making the stories all-the-more confusing. DC tries hard to emulate marvel movies but fail to reach Marvel’s standards. For example when Marvel did a crossover with “Secret Wars,” DC followed with “Crisis on Infinite Earths.” “Doom Patrol” copied the “X-Men” (or vice versa), “Swamp Thing” copied “Man-Thing” (or vice versa), and so on.

“I believe Marvel is better than D.C.,” said Freshman Rahanna Banks. “I was introduced to both at a young age, but I leaned more towards Marvel. Marvel has more characters and a variety of stories, which we now see to be coming together and creating one big story. DC to me just seems like one group of people that they focus on and not other characters, leaving disinterest.”

Marvel heroes are more nostalgic and have an incomprehensible range of the characters. There are over 70,000 characters in the MCU, while DC only has around 10,000 characters. The MCU never disappoints to connect characters to a storyline and portray them in an aesthetically pleasing way.

Marvel also has some of the best superteams. The most popular teams include “The Avengers,” “Fantastic Four,” “X-Men,” “Guardians of the Galaxy,” and “The Eternals.”

“Marvel has a better storyline and is more structured than DC,” freshman Scarlette Ricotta said.

Besides movies, Marvel has also had huge successes with series like “WandaVision,” “Loki,” “Agents of S.H.E.I.L.D,” “Moon Knight,” “What if?..” and more. These shows go into deeper detail for both main and side characters and showcase the versatility Marvel has to go from live-action movies, series, and animated.

“I prefer Marvel because it isnt the same material recycled over and over again and actually has an interesting point of view unlike DC,” freshman Kennedy Ewing-Chow said.

In general, Marvel is better than D.C. due to its complex characters, better superteams, relatable, superheroes, and development. There are so many aspects of Marvel that DC just can’t compete with.

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Isabella Moran believes that DC is best.

DC is better than Marvel: The darker opinion

The DC vs. Marvel debacle has been going on for as long as the two have existed. In the past, the controversy was between the comics but currently, it’s been a debate of the cinematic universes. Though Marvel has some deeming qualities, such as their movies, DC is just overall better.

While watching or reading DC, ever noticed there are more iconic villains? Marvel hardly has any good villains that last more than two movies. Plus, their back stories are dainty and not incredibly in-depth. DC, on the other hand, has so many incredibly interesting villains that have rich backstories and easily make them more favorable.

“DC’s villains are a lot more realistic, edgier and violent. They give off more of a scarier vibe,” said senior Collin Amaya.

Numerous times, DC has explored conceptual and deep meaning within their characters. With Disney now owning Marvel, this means that there are stricter guidelines to abide by, excluding Deadpool. This leaves them will less room to play with deeper, scarier ideas. DC has explored darker themes including the backstory of Reverse-Flash, the Death of Superman, and Wonder Woman killing the Justice League. Of course there are many more, but these examples show that comic books and DC are not just for kids.

A very iconic character is The Batman, who laughs. In the “Dark Days: The Casting,” Batman kills Joker. This released a toxic gas turning Batman into the biggest nightmare Gotham could face. With his terrifying grin, he kills the majority of his allies and turns his son Damien Wayne into a mini-joker.

Marvel has a fantastic cinematic universe with beautiful storylines and characters, whereas in that area, DC is lacking. The last pretty popular movie DC came out with was “The Batman” starring Robert Pattinson as Batman. Before that was a train wreck of other movies that had a lot of potential but sadly flopped. Where DC does exceed though is in its animated series.

For example, DC made a well known series called “Batman: The Animated Series.” This was produced by Warner Bros Animation. It’s a well made story following the main character batman, voiced by Kevin Conroy. It’s a four-time Emmy winner. It was followed up with a Justice League cartoon made in the early 2000s.

“DC definitely shows more emotion and you feel how the characters are feeling,” said Junior Nathan Carrasco.

Overall, DC is better than Marvel. With its more conceptual ideas, in depth storyline, characters, and iconic villains, DC wins by a landslide.

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