“I want us to be our own identity”: The Rock Claims There’s No DC/Marvel Rivalry as Black Panther 2 Eclipses Black Adam’s Entire Box-Office Run in 3 Days

“I want us to be our own identity”: The Rock Claims There’s No DC/Marvel Rivalry as Black Panther 2 Eclipses Black Adam’s Entire Box-Office Run in 3 Days
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Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson addresses the controversy behind the heated Marvel versus DC war. The rivalry between the two franchises is nothing new, and fans know that very well. The Rock’s Black Adam movie was released less than a month ago, leading the new era of DC movies.

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Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson in Black Adam

The movie has been Johnson’s long-time passion project, and bringing his character Adam Teth to life was like conveying a new force to reckon with. Black Adam will soon face off with Superman, as seen in the movie’s post-credits, but it is not only the man of steel Black Adam is contending with.

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Black Adam’s Dwayne Johnson Speaks Out About Marvel And DC Rivalry

Johnson has been asked a couple of times if there is some beef happening against Marvel Studios. The actor gave a straight and plain “no” but people are still adamant to know more. In his guest appearance on iHeartRadio, The Rock spoke about the controversial competition between Marvel and DC.

And I’ve been asked that question a lot. Are we going after… When I talk about this is the new era in the DC Universe with Black Adam, are we going after Marvel? Is that what I mean by that? The answer is no. We’re not going to do that, and there is no ‘war’ between DC and between MCU.”

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Dwayne Johnson in Black Adam

Johnson professed his love and admiration for the people at Marvel Studios, but he also stood firm with his intention to “build out the DC world” and become their own brand.

Kevin Feige, I love him. He’s a buddy and a lot of those guys, all of them, by the way, all those superheroes are all my friends and I’m very happy for them. But there’s only one Marvel. There’s only one Avengers. But also there’s only one DC. And there’s only one Black Adam, and there’s only one Justice League, and there’s only one JSA. And so, I want to continue to build out the DC world. I don’t want to be like Marvel, and I mean that respectfully. I want to be DC. I want us to be our own brand and our own identity.”

The actor also revealed that they have already laid the foundation of Black Adam for the Justice Society of America, and he believes this will smoothen the road as they “usher in a new era of DC Universe.”


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Black Panther 2 Surpasses Black Adam’s Total Gross On Its Weekend Opening

Johnson doesn’t believe there is a rivalry going on between the two franchises. In fact, he wanted both studios to collaborate in the future “like we did in wrestling,” Johnson remarked. Interestingly, the actor is not the only person from DC who aspires to such a partnership. James Gunn, the new CEO of DC Studios, also hinted at a crossover between The Suicide Squad and Guardians of the Galaxy in the future.

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Black Panther: Wakanda Forever (2022)

Black Panther: Wakanda Forever has recently premiered worldwide, and over the weekend, it already grossed $330 Million, almost the same bracket as Black Adam’s worldwide income after more than three weeks.


Just like most of Johnson’s interviews pertaining to the said studio rivalry, he remains hopeful about the future of DC movies as well as the success of Marvel films.

Source: The Direct

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