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‘DC might’ve slammed Marvel this year’: As MCU Struggles with 2022 Projects, DCEU Leaves Marvel in the Dust as Black Adam Soars High With Positive Early Reactions

DCEU Leaves Marvel in the Dust as Black Adam Soars High With Positive Early Reactions

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.

DCEU Man of Steel
Henry Cavill as Superman in Man of Steel.

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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.

DCEU Black Adam
Black Adam is the eleventh film in the DCEU.

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.

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Dwayne Johnson as the titular character in Black Adam.

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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.

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She-Hulk: Attorney at Law
She-Hulk: Attorney at Law is one of the lowest-rated MCU shows at 5/10.

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.

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Written by Nikhil Makwana

Nikhil Makwana is a writer for FandomWire, with interests in DC comics, anime, indie films, independent films, and Nicolas Cage. He’s pursuing a Bachelor’s degree in BBA,LLB from IFIM Law School. When he’s not writing, he reads books such as the classic Dune series and existential essays from Albert Camus and Jean-Paul Sartre.