With both cinematic universes starting around 2010, the Marvel Cinematic Universe fared far better than DC Extended Universe. The DCEU started with Zack Snyder’s Man of Steel, starring Henry Cavill as Superman.
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On the other hand, the MCU had a far more risky investment with Iron Man in 2008. It starred Robert Downey Jr. as Tony Stark, a character not as popular as Clark Kent, but Iron Man fared far better than Man of Steel, launching MCU into immense popularity.
Will Black Adam save DCEU?
After the failure of the Justice League and the controversial removal of Zack Snyder from his directorial role, the DCEU’s future is murky at best. Though now it seems like there is a ray of hope with Black Adam starring Dwayne Johnson.
The movie has been well received at the test screenings and many of the critics have noted it to be a great film after the early screening. Moreover, the fans too are very much excited about Black Adam, due to Dwayne Johnson’s aggressive promotional campaign.
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The success of Black Adam also ensures more sequels in the DCEU, with Pierce Brosnan’s Doctor Fate becoming a fan favorite already. Even though The Flash is under a lot of scrutiny due to the lead star Ezra Miller‘s long list of controversies, 2022 could be the year when DCEU finally turns things around.
Will DC finally trump Marvel?
Even though DC Comics has found more success in the television sector with The Flash and Green Arrow, they have suffered in the Cinematic sector, where Marvel has excelled. But as the MCU enters phase 4, it seems like Marvel is finally slipping.
The Moment DC Dropped Peacemaker & The Batman & Marvel Dropped Thor: Love & Thunder I Think DC Slammed Them.
— Tom #LFF2022 (@TomMCJL) October 13, 2022
The Batman and peacemaker >>> Anything Marvel dropped this year
— D.Man⭐️ (@blondyyyyy) October 13, 2022
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Look I’m a huge Marvel fan, you all know this… even I can admit that DC have been on a roll this year and fair play it’s about time 🙏🏿 (soon come Wakanda Forever though so don’t get comfortable hehe) pic.twitter.com/zYpvWYCd1D
— Tyrell Charles (@TheoriesByT) October 13, 2022
Other than Shang-Chi and The Legend of The Ten Rings and a handful of other productions, most other MCU releases have received mixed to bad reception. She-Hulk: Attorney at Law and Thor: Love and Thunder were some of the most controversial releases by the studio.
The batman came out this year bro
Nothing from marvel has touched it
Of COURSE DC slammed marvel lmao
— 3D bluray enjoyer (@DeaditeBoi) October 13, 2022
"DC is trash" even when DC has cleared Marvel every year since 2019
— Greg Heffley (@GregHeffleyOG) October 11, 2022
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I truly hate comparisons but after seeing so many Marvel projects this year, Black Adam was such a breath of fresh air. It’s what all comic book projects should strive towards, whether it’s the humor, to the action, to the story. When DC is in their bag, they accomplish wonders.
— Younis (@younityyy) October 13, 2022
Having learned from their past mistakes, DC Comics seems to be moving in the right direction, allowing standalone films to do their own thing, as Joker and The Batman were well received. But Marvel insists on sticking to the interconnect universe which seems to be working against it now.
Black Adam is set to release on October 21 of 2022.