Comic books have been around for decades, and in that time they have become one of the most popular forms of entertainment. While there are many different comic book publishers, Marvel and DC are by far the two biggest. They both have a huge following, and their comics often sell out within minutes of hitting the shelves. So which is better: Marvel or DC?
What makes Marvel unique?
Marvel is unique because it is willing to take risks. For example, it is the only comic book publisher that has its own movie studio. This gives Marvel a lot of control over its characters and allows it to make movies that are faithful to the comics.
Marvel is also willing to kill off its characters, which is something that DC is not willing to do. Some people claim this makes Marvel a lot more unpredictable and exciting than DC.
Who are the most well-known Marvel characters?
- Iron Man
- Captain America
- Black Widow
Another reason Marvel is vastly popular is because of the films they produce. Through the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU), they also give platforms to a lot of newer, up-and-coming actors which is good for Hollywood as well as Marvel’s bottom line since these people are new to the industry with less chance of being involved in scandals. Marvel is only going to get more popular as time goes on because more and more people will discover the brand with each new film that is made.
What is different about DC?
DC is unique because it is willing to focus on its characters. While Marvel is willing to kill off its characters, DC is not. This makes DC a lot more predictable and safe than Marvel.
Another reason why DC is popular is that it is the home of Batman and Superman. These are two of the most popular superheroes in the world, and people who are not interested in comics often still enjoy following the DC Universe just for these two characters.
DC also has a lot of iconic villains, such as The Joker, Lex Luthor, and The Riddler. These villains are often just as popular as the heroes, and some people even prefer them over the heroes.
Who are the most well-known DC characters?
- The Joker
- Lex Luthor
In terms of films, DC has not been doing as well as Marvel. While they have produced some good films, they often get criticized for not being faithful to the source material or having too many characters in one film.
Both publishers have been criticized for a lack of diversity
However, not all is rosy for Marvel. Even though it is a big proponent of diversity and is willing to put characters of different races and genders in its movies, the comic books themselves are not as diverse. Their biggest selling comics seem to be predominantly male and white with a fair amount of sexism. DC is also not as good at diversity as it is sometimes given credit for, but is arguably more willing to embrace diversity than is Marvel.
Comic book sales
Marvel Comics is the largest comic book publisher in the world. It is a subsidiary of Marvel Entertainment, LLC. The company is based in New York City and is a wholly-owned subsidiary of The Walt Disney Company. Marvel Comics has been publishing since 1939. Today, Marvel Entertainment’s estimated annual revenue is currently over $360 million per year.
DC is the second largest comic book company in the United States. It is headquartered in Burbank, California, and is a subsidiary of Warner Bros. Entertainment. DC Comics’ annual revenue has been estimated to be $300 million per year.
Although it has been claimed that comic book sales have been on the decline in recent years, both Marvel and DC Comics have shown strong growth. Globally, the comic book industry is now worth $7 billion with Marvel and DC Comics maintaining their places as the top two biggest players in the market.
Nowadays, Marvel is arguably more well known for its films, which are generally well-received by fans and critics alike. Many Marvel movies have been nominated for or won Academy Awards and most have been hugely successful at the box office.
Some of the most popular Marvel movies based on reviews include:
- Iron Man
- Thor: Ragnarok
- Black Panther
- Captain America: Civil War
- Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2
- Doctor Strange
DC Comics might not be as well-known as Marvel Comics, but it is still a very popular production house for superhero films. That being said, DC is often criticized for being too predictable and for not being faithful to the source material in its films.
The most successful films produced by DC Comics include:
- The Dark Knight
- The Dark Knight Rises
- Man of Steel
- Suicide Squad
- Justice League
- Wonder Woman
Marvel or DC?
Ultimately, there is no easy answer to this question. Some people swear by Marvel while others prefer DC. There are pros and cons to both sides, and it ultimately comes down to personal preference. That being said, there are some definite differences between the two companies that might make one side more appealing than the other for certain people.