EDITORIAL: Marvel vs. DC - Why it does not matter.
As a lifelong DC fan, here are my thought out opinions on why the war between companies is pointless and should not matter to us. This is not meant to "fuel the fire" by any means. Quite the opposite in fact.
Marvel vs. DC has become quite the hot topic this year with all the big movies coming to theaters. It's quite the hot topic on this site in particular. Yet, as I read the comments, articles, and opinions of all of these life-long comic fans, I can't help but ask myself.... WHY?
I myself am a die hard DC comics fan (check out my editorial on batman here: http://www.comicbookmovie.com/fan_fic/news/?a=62630). Always have been, always will be. I have never owned a marvel comic in my life. I think the characters are fantastic... I just have never personally been that invested in them. But does that mean I don't respect and appreciate all they have done for the comic book universe? Of course not.
I can completely understand the need to feel like you need to defend your stance on which you think is better. It is human nature. We have grown up with these characters all our lives and it is only natural to have our favorites and be set in our ways. Nothing will ever touch Superman or Batman for me, but I can appreciate a good X-Men or Spiderman story from time to time. It all comes down to realizing why we love comics in the first place and the sentimental value they hold to us.
Here is my main problem with this whole argument. We all know we were all in the theaters at midnight when The Avengers came out (and will be for The Dark Knight Rises as well). I personally saw it three times in the first weekend. I thought it was a fantastic movie and never once while watching it did I think, "Not as cool as Batman." I enjoyed it for what it was. I was blown away at what Marvel had created. In fact, I was at every midnight premiere for every Marvel movie leading up to it. Because I LOVE comic book movies. Along with the rest of the world it seems. To your average movie goer they don't even care which characters belong to which studios. They just love the experience. To an extent, I feel like that is how we should all be going into these movies and just be happy they are getting made.
The Avengers and The Dark Knight Rises have and will set records this year that may not be broken for a looooong time. That is amazing for us comic fans! These studios now realize that comic book movies are no longer looked at as a gimmick or fad. They can be crafted into amazing films that can be taken seriously in the general public's eye. I personally can't wait to see what comes in the future from both studios and think that the Marvel/DC war does not matter one bit. Just enjoy the fact that our favorite characters are getting the big screen treatments in amazing ways.
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