Welcome to the first edition of the second volume of the Comic Connection! The main point of its existence is to share and discuss, to Connect through Comics. Its centrepiece is the Monthly Question, a question I will pose dealing with anything Comic related. Then I turn it over to you and to Twitter to offer any feedback/your opinion on the topic with your answers being featured on a future posting. With that said, let’s get to the first question:
“DC vs Marvel: which company has the better future movie slate?”
DC opened the battle in the theatres by unleashing their future film plans two weeks ago and Marvel countered on Tuesday with their offerings. Marvel planning ahead is nothing new but DC actually showing some initiative is refreshing but what I’m really here to decide is which company has the edge over the other. First I’ll post the full line-up of each company and then look to determine the winner of 2015-2016, 2017, and 2018 & beyond which will lead to the eventual overall victor. Without further ado:
DC’s Movie Slate
Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice (2016)
Suicide Squad (2016)
Wonder Woman (2017)
Justice League Part One (2017)
The Flash (2018)
Justice League Part Two (2019)
Green Lantern (2020)
Marvel’s Movie Slate
Avengers: Age of Ultron (2015)
Captain America: Civil War (2016)
Doctor Strange (2016)
Guardians of the Galaxy 2 (2017)
Thor: Ragnarok (2017)
Black Panther (2017)
Avengers: Infinity War – Part I (2018)
Captain Marvel (2018)
Avengers: Infinity War – Part II (2019)
So Marvel has a 4 to 2 edge on DC here as DC doesn’t kick things into gear until 2016. It is a rather close battle with Batman v Superman being highly anticipated by me despite the fact that Snyder is involved. In the end it comes down to not only getting a new Avengers but also having Captain America v Iron Man in the Civil War and Marvel’s decision to finally release a Doctor Strange movie compared to a Suicide Squad movie that I’m feeling some apprehension about.
Once again Marvel has the edge with 3 movies to DC’s 2 but DC has an ace up their sleeve with not only a solo female superhero film but the first part of Justice League. Marvel counters with the highly anticipated sequel to one of my Top 5 Marvel films ever in the form of Guardians of the Galaxy, a threequel for Thor, and a Black Panther solo film. It was another hard-fought contest but the pull of finally seeing a Wonder Woman film after all these years and the awesomeness that should happen when the Justice League forms on the big screen helps big time in DC’s favor.
So Marvel’s line-up only goes to very early 2019 while DC’s runs to 2020 which causes DC to have a 6 to 4 movie edge. DC has a nice mixture of films ranging from highly anticipated (the second part of Justice League) to movies full of potential (Aquaman, Shazam, and Green Lantern). The two movies I’m unsure about most are Flash and Cyborg. Though it is nice to be diverse I really question Cyborg being able to hold his own movie while the actor they chose to play Flash has left me wanting especially after seeing Grant Gustin’s Flash portrayal. I’ll keep an open mind but neither one of these movies rank very high for me which is a big shocker since I’m a huge Flash film. On Marvel we have their first solo female movie with Captain Marvel and a movie which I feel uninterested in with the Inhumans. Not to be outdone by DC, Marvel takes their Avengers franchise and splits it into two parts as well, only taking a year between each part though. Infinity War looks to be the culmination of all three phases of Marvel’s movieverse as the majority of their heroes from the movies and possibly TV shows unite to battle Thanos and his Infinity Gauntlet. It is for this very reason that I can’t fathom not giving the category to Marvel as they have earned this team-up while DC rushed to theirs.
Marvel takes the overall title but one thing is for sure: the real winner is us fans as we have many, many years of awesome comic movies to look forward to!
That wraps up the first edition of The Comic Connection 2.0. Have any comments on the question posed? You know what to do.