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The argument of which superhero company is best, DC or Marvel, has been going on for a while now. Staff Writers Crista Alarcon and  Micah Freeman discuss which one reigns supreme.

Marvel is just better

While DC is the original superhero company, Marvel is the one selling out theaters on an almost yearly basis.

First of all, Marvel characters are a lot more relatable and have more character development. For example, we get characters that have flaws and that go through real-life issues unlike how in DC, these characters tend to be portrayed as more perfect. Not only that but we also tend to see these heroes and villains have families and we see them change and grow as the movies continue.

Also, Marvel movies have made more impact on 21st-century pop culture. While DC has been around for longer movie-wise, Marvel has made entire universes worth of series. Spiderman has always been an iconic hero that people tend to look up to. They also now have a park at Disney that has become a huge success.

Not only that but Marvel has also made so many iconic characters like the ones that make up the Avengers.  Iron-Man, Black Widow, Thor, Captain America, and Hulk are part of the best team of heroes that all come from extremely different backgrounds that help deepen how good the movies are. 

Marvel’s villains also portray real-life issues. Scarlett Witch, Thanos, and truly any Spiderman villain all have great backstories and many reasons as well as fluctuating morals to be villains. We also get to see how these villains came to be.

Whether it is on the Avengers, X-Men, or neither, there is probably a Marvel character you will relate to. Marvel shows characters like America Chavez, Shang-Chi, Black Panther, Kingo, Moon Knight, and Ms. Marvel that are all of different ethnicities and races. 

Some characters portray grief and emotions in many different ways.  For example, Wanda grieving for her kids turns her into a person who is willing to do anything to have them back, Thor going through a time where all he would do was drink and play video games, and Hawkeye became a vigilante out of grief for his family.

And finally, while DC is having a hard time financially, Marvel Studios is extremely successful, especially after its $4 billion purchase by Disney, and has a net worth of $53 billion. Marvel´s average revenue per movie is about $716 million and has made around $7.1 billion worldwide. 

If you ask most teenagers who their favorite superhero is, they will probably answer with a hero better than DC, a Marvel hero.

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DC is more iconic

When you think about heroes, the first image that comes to many people’s heads is that of Superman and Batman. This goes to show that DC is more iconic and a better franchise than Marvel.

With DC characters, you have characters you can admire. In characters like Batman, you have a man who, despite all his trouble, becomes a hero and creates a family for himself. While the heroes of Marvel are relatable, when you need a hero, you need someone you can aspire to, and DC characters are those kinds of heroes.

Marvel might have the Cinematic Universe and everything tied to it, but when it comes to television, DC is superior. Shows like “The Flash,” “Arrow,” and “Legends of Tomorrow” all come together to form their own universe. While Marvel does have TV shows, they do not feel as connected as DC’s TV outings.

With the iconic heroes of DC, there also needs to be iconic villains. Luckily they have exactly that, characters like the Joker, Lex Luthor, and Cheetah. These characters have interesting backstories for their need to be villains. Joker, for example, gets his start after having a bad day. These backstories serve to humanize these characters. 

Marvel villains usually have the same type of backstory – either a science experiment gone wrong or just being evil just because they want to. DC villains also show the worst of humanity. They are greedy, crime lords, or psychopaths. These elements make these villains really interesting. 

While the heroes of DC are admirable figures, they also are down to earth. They have their traumas and struggles. An example of this is Jason Todd, the Red Hood. Jason suffers from PTSD after dying at the hands of Joker. This shows that even the strongest of us have troubles. 

DC also has representation for many ethnicities including Cyborg, Kyle Rainer, Blue Beetle, and Avery Ho. DC also has many LGBT representatives. Characters like Tim Drake, Jon Kent, and Harley Quinn are all bisexual.

Marvel might have a grasp on current pop culture but DC has had a greater long-term impact. Shows like the 1960s Batman and 1970s Wonder Woman are parts of that generation’s childhood. Kids grew up with the DC cartoons in the ‘80s and ‘90s. Some kids grew up watching Teen Titans. Marvel may be more popular now, but everyone knows some DC characters.

Due to the iconography of its characters, DC is clearly superior to Marvel.

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