The Marvel of the American Superhero 

The long-lasting rivalry between DC and Marvel is further tested with recent movies


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Comic book drawing of DC vs Marvel superheroes.

Foster Neely, Viking Voices Co-Editor

Since the creation of The Phantom, the first superhero comic in 1936 by Lee Falk, superheroes have been all the rage in the media. From comic books to TV shows to Halloween costumes, signs of superheroes are found pretty much anywhere. Recently, there have been many movies released by Marvel Studios and DC comics, including Wonder Woman and Justice League from DC, and movies about the Avengers, Spider-Man, Captain America and more from Marvel Studios.  

Nikita Herczynski (9) prefers the Marvel films to the DC films.  

I prefer Marvel because I started watching it first. I know the characters and feel more in touch with them than the DC characters because I don’t understand the DC characters as well as the Marvel ones,” said Herczynski. “If I gave the DC characters a chance, I may be able to change my mind and make it an equal comparison.”  

Superheroes’ roots go deep in American culture. With the creation of comic books in the late 1930s, citizens of the U.S. have been engulfed in the lives of Clark Kent, Bruce Wayne, Peter Parker, and many more. Marvel and DC have been creating movies based on the original comics since the early 2000s, using all of the main storylines from the comic books.  

Cassidy Scherer (10) believes that Marvel Studios’ movies do a better job at storytelling than DC’s movies.

Marvel ultimately has the better storylines, and they’re really good at keeping the story going. For example, there have been multiple movies about one singular character, and most of them don’t feel drawn out or like the characters story should be over,” Scherer said. 

These superhero movies are becoming more and more mainstream, with Avengers: Endgame becoming the second highest grossing movie of all time. With popular actors including Robert Downey Jr., Chris Evans, Scarlett Johansson and Zendaya, more teenage and adults are seeing Marvel movies in the theaters

Rachell Bishop-Jones (11) enjoys how Marvel Studios incorporates the real world into their movies. 

I prefer Marvel because the characters are normal people protecting earth,” Bishop-Jones says.