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2. Track record for DC / MCU

MCU BOAgain, this one tilts (maybe “lists badly”) towards Marvel.

Although we are considering here box office success as well as critical acclaim, so it is not as clear cut as it might at first appear. DC has a very strong hand from Nolan’s Bat-trilogy, with all three films being highly successful and critically lauded.

Plenty of haters enjoy wailing on The Dark Knight Rises, but it has its fans too (this writer included) and despite its few glaring issues contains some really strong and successful elements too.DC BO

Man of Steel is probably similarly polarising to TDKR, with its more somber tone and desaturated palate at odds with the primary colours and lighter tone of the earlier films. Man of Steel undoubtedly also suffered from the increasing frustration from audiences and critics with the laziness of another “let’s destroy a city for the finale” climax, but it remains a commercially successful film and an altogether interesting one, even if it wasn’t to everyone’s tastes.

Unfortunately, that is about it in terms of DC’s track record, whereas MCU can point to two Avengers films that have set the box office alight and pleased critics too, along with a Captain America franchise that has grown in confidence, popularity and commercial success with each successive entry.

When Marvel mix things up (sci-fi for Guardians of the Galaxy, smaller scale for Ant-Man) they still impress the critics and haul in the punters and so even though for the first time they are pitching their beloved heroes against each other (I know they’ve had their differences in the Avengers films, but nothing to this degree), they can remain realistically confident that their track record bodes well for an ongoing upward trend.

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