Is Superman a Marvel or DC character

Comic book adaptation - Who Makes the Better Comics and Movies: Marvel or DC?

The fight of the comic giants

It's been less than three months since Marvel's comic book adaptation "Avengers: Infinity War" was released in cinemas. Shortly thereafter, the funny antihero Deadpool got a sequel, and this Thursday, “Ant-Man and the Wasp”, the next Marvel film will start in the cinema. DC fans have to wait a little longer: With “Aquaman”, the next flick by Marvel's biggest competitor can be seen in theaters from December. Nevertheless: The superhero business is booming.

For many fans, it is a crucial question to which of the two major American comic book publishers they want to show their affection (and their money). The rather nonsensical Marvel or the dark DC? The comic giants are not as diverse as many claim. Both were founded in the 1930s. DC presented the original superhero Superman in 1938, Marvel (the publisher was still called Timely Publications at the time) countered at the time of the Second World War with the super patriot Captain America. Another thing in common: when the super villain, who threatens to wipe out all of humanity, becomes too overpowering, DC and Marvel heroes join forces. On one side there is the Justice League, on the other the Avengers.

The competition has long been fought out not only with the help of comic books. While the capes of the two prototypical superheroes Batman and Superman blew across the big screen several times in the 20th century, Marvel only really got going in 2008 - but then really. "Ant-Man and the Wasp" is already the 20th film in the so-called Marvel Cinematic Universe and the third this year alone.

The franchise is the most successful series of films in cinema history with total grossing over US $ 17.1 billion. On this point, DC is clearly lagging behind with five parts of a coherent film universe, the DC Extended Universe. Especially since only "Wonder Woman" was able to convince critics and fans of the new comic adaptations. At this point, Marvel and DC are different. Otherwise the rivalry would be boring.

Johanna Stein and Emma Schell

Marvel: fun and original

1. The stories are better connected

The superheroes of the comic book publisher Marvel all live in the same fictional universe. That means: every hero could meet every other character. There are also some unusual connections. For example, the magician Doctor Strange, the superhero team Avengers and the space troop Guardians of the Galaxy had to fight side by side against evil in the film "Avengers - Infinity War". In DC there are also overlaps - like the Justice League or the Suicide Squad - but there were many different parallel universes in the earlier comics. As a layperson, you can no longer find your way around.

2. More original superpowers

Special skills are essential for superheroes. Ant-Man from the "Avengers" comics can shrink and enlarge himself with his suit, Scarlet Witch moves objects using telekinesis, and Mystique from the "X-Men" comics takes on any shape. This is a lot more original than the DC superpowers: Superman is very, very strong, The Flash runs fast, and Aquaman rides a sea horse. Yawn

3. Sympathetic superheroes

Spider-Man is a hero to the public, but privately he is Peter Parker, who has problems with homework and dreams of his classmate Mary Jane. A perfectly normal teenager, then. Even the god Thor appears human when he argues with his brother Loki. In addition, the characters do not shy away from throwing out a stupid line in the most inappropriate moments. That loosens up both the comics and the films extremely. In the DC world, on the other hand, everything seems artificially gloomy with an artificial pathos.

4. Better costumes

With his jumpsuit and underpants over his trousers, Superman is not one of DC's fashionable highlights. Batman and The Flash in their full body rubber suits look like they've been shopping in the same store. In contrast, the Marvel heroes fit more into the times. Iron Man wears a high-tech suit - which also has a cool design. With Captain America there is also a hero in a rubber suit - but he also comes from the 1940s, so the retro look is okay.

Jeffrey Ji-Peng Li

DC: With background

1. Better known characters

The bat signal lights up in the dark night sky, and Batman rushes to help in the Batmobile. Superman saves his girlfriend Lois Lane in free fall. Batman and Superman are the superheroes par excellence and probably the first ones that pop into your head when you think of heroes. Last but not least, Superman is considered the very first superhero and coined the term back in the thirties. After all, with his alter ego Clark Kent, he embodies everything we love about superheroes.

2. More background of the heroes

Batman aka Bruce Wayne witnessed the murder of his parents as a child. As an adult, he tries to understand and fight the evil in the world. Superman has to slowly learn to control his powers before he decides to help people with it. DC tells the readers of the comic books the background stories of the heroes over several pages or even entire booklets. After all, one does not stumble into the role of the savior of mankind. Instead, Marvel has the short version: Thor will soon be King of Asgard, Tony Stark likes to build highly complex equipment and, with the Ironman suit, becomes a kind of machine itself. The DC heroes are structured and told in a more complex and real way.

3. ... and the bad guys

At Marvel, readers learn just as much about the villains as they do about the heroes: little. DC, on the other hand, understood that interesting antagonists are part of a good story. Lex Luther fights against Superman because he wants to be the savior of the world himself. In his opinion, people make themselves unnecessarily dependent on a superhero who could turn against them in the next moment. Batman's opponent, the Joker, is a failed existence that is not after money or power, but wants to show the world how ridiculous life is. With DC, the evil is also understandable.

4. DC is not afraid of the dark

Childhood trauma, ambivalent anti-heroes, and vigilante justice: DC isn't afraid to show how much evil can be in heroes themselves. Marvel comics are clearly divided into good and bad - how boring. There's more to DC than just black and white.

Abby Amoakuh