Shocking Truth: You Can Like DC AND Marvel

With so much of the movie blogging community wanting to spark some stupid war among DC and Marvel fans by fueling stupid tribalism with their idiotic bias against DC, most are failing to realize that many people are fans of both comic universes.

I’ve been reading comics for more than thirty years. I remember the four individual issues of The Dark Knight Returns as among the first comics I ever bought. But I also remember Marvel’s Star line and the Silverhawks comic, the resurgence of new talent in Marvel’s superhero line, and the rise of both Valiant and Image in the 90s. I read it all. Everything was different and had totally different tones.

Marvel was set in the real world, in real cities. Its characters are (mostly) normal people thrust into the world of super powers and the stories largely deal with that angle. On the other hand, DC is usually a bit more escapist set in fictional cities with god-like heroes. Both have a different tone and feel, and demanding one conform to the other would take away that which makes Marvel or DC what they are.

That’s why the people demanding DC movies copy Marvel are clueless idiots who shouldn’t be talking about comic book movies.

In the comics right now DC is going through something of a new golden age or renaissance with Rebirth. Marvel has had some issues in recent years, but they’re trying to fix it with their Legacy reboot (which is basically a copy of Rebirth). I still read both Marvel and DC, for the same reasons I have for over thirty years. I like DC for what makes it DC, and I like Marvel for what makes it Marvel.

Marvel’s movies have been doing such a great job at being “Marvel” that a friend of mine doesn’t even read the comics anymore, the MCU is his Marvel now. Likewise the DC movies feel like DC comics, especially the recent New 52 era, and those wanting it to just be a copy of the Marvel tone miss what makes DC what it is.

It’s entirely possible to like DC and Marvel, and it’s not necessary to flat out lie about one company to beat it down because you’ve sold your mindset to another.

Jeremy has been active on the web since the 90s. He’s written for sites such as IGN and Furious Fanboys and even once worked on Star Wars Galaxies (RIP). A long time ago in a galaxy far far away he used to Podcast about Star Wars with friends.