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The MCU: Why is it so Successful Compared to the DCEU?

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I Meme Everything

Sep-05-2017 6:37 AM

The Marvel Cinematic Universe is currently the highest-grossing movie franchise of all time. Not only does the series make a lot of money, but many of its movies are well-received. What is the secret to the success of the MCU, compared to that of the DC Extended Universe?


First of all, the production team was patient with creating the MCU. Kevin Feige, the producer of these movies, has stated that they've been setting up the confrontation between the Avengers and Thanos since the release of 2012's The Avengers. However, they didn't rush through the Phase Two and Three movies just to get to Infinity War, no. They planned their universe out, thinking of what movies they wanted to make and when. The producers also knew where and when to introduce new characters, pulling off an unexpected success with Guardians of the Galaxy.


On the other hand, DC tried to do too much too soon in an attempt to catch up with Marvel. Look at Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice. They shoved in Doomsday, Aquaman, Cyborg, the Flash, Hell, even Steppenwolf to set up the Justice League movie! Yeah, Thanos appeared in the post-credits scene of The Avengers, but that's really the only extra scene in that film. Suicide Squad was another failed attempt to catch up to the MCU, but came off as a suck-up to Guardians and the Joker...what the f*ck did they do to him? It took them four movies to release a truly great film, and it was a solo film--Wonder Woman. Yeah, this movie is only good because it has one central character, which means there's less useless sh!t to shove in the film for the people working on the DCEU. And in November, DC is releasing Justice League, the characters of which are basically the DC equivalent of the Avengers, when half of them haven't even gotten proper introductions like solo movies yet, just a cameo in Batman v Superman! In Phase One of the MCU, they introduced Iron Man, the Hulk, Thor, and Captain America by making movies about their backstories, which allowed us to learn who they are. The only BvS character introduced beforehand was Superman, in Man of Steel.


Marvel cast the right people to play their characters. Robert Downey Jr. resonated well with Iron Man because of their tragic backstories, Chris Evans is to Captain America what RDJ is to Iron Man, and Tom Holland nailed both Peter Parker and Spider-Man. They revived the careers of some of their actors (RDJ and Paul Bettany). The producers also found the right directors like the Russo brothers and Joss Whedon, while DC's BvS was directed by...Hack Snyder. Marvel listened to its fans, asking what we want, and we got most of it: Civil War, Winter Soldier, Dr. Strange, and the upcoming Infinity War.


Marvel treated the audience like they didn't know who their characters were, which was smart, since most of them were B-list superheroes like Iron Man and Thor. This also gave the general moviegoer an idea of what these people were like and made their characters famous, just look at Guardians. BvS completely splurged Batman. Yeah, Batfleck was great, but it's hard for the general audience to know that this Batman is a grizzled man who's seen a lot, hence his more brutal tactics. The MCU was also aware of what it was: comic-book movies, and their characters' personalities are like they're ripped straight from the comics. Most of the DCEU's characters are a bunch of brooding assholes, and literally, the only thing they share with their comic counterparts are their costumes.


So these main reasons are why the Marvel Cinematic Universe is light-years ahead of the DC Extended Universe. I'm sure there's more, so let me know in the comments below!

"Part of the journey is the end..."

5 Responses to The MCU: Why is it so Successful Compared to the DCEU?


Sep-05-2017 8:54 AM

Very interesting, Rex. I still hope that the DCCU eventually creates some amazing movies that people will remember years from now.

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I Meme Everything

Sep-05-2017 9:03 AM

^Well, JL looks good. And we'll always have The Dark Knight.

"Part of the journey is the end..."

Something Real

Sep-05-2017 11:55 AM

THE VENGEFUL REX - This is a most compelling hypotheses! I happen to believe the DC Extended Universe is playing second fiddle at this point because it came out after Marvel's incredible success! :)

I Meme Everything

Sep-05-2017 12:03 PM

^Yeah, SS felt like it was trying to be GOTG.

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The Jurassic Bootleg

Sep-05-2017 3:35 PM


there, corrected it for you.

Godzilla Generations was a beautiful game! I loved the fact that there's a laser cannon inside of Dr. Serizawa's eyepatch.

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