By: I. Mizne
To the reader of this fine article, I don’t mean to spoil the content that lies ahead on your reading, but if the title of this article caught your eye, then the moment you have probably been waiting for has finally arrived. You have been looking for something that brings together the two most amazing superhero series of all time, something that shows the pure essence of both Marvel and DC, or something that can finally tell the story of the age-old rivalry and how it could’ve been shown as one of the greatest movies ever made. Well, I am glad to inform you that your quest has finally come to an end. If I’ve intrigued you until now then I advise you to keep reading and I can assure you, you won’t regret it.
The rivalry between these two superhero series began in 1939, when the first ever DC and Marvel comic book were out in the world, although, the first DC comic had come out only very recently in 1938. However, if the topic is their cinematic universes, then the pot only began to stir much later in 2008, when the first of the MCU movies- Iron Man 1- was released. Nowadays though, both studios have gone in slightly different directions regarding their work, with Marvel already having reached Phase 4 of their plans.
What every Marvel fan knows is that, by the end of Phase 3, the most famous Marvel characters of the MCU moved on, and have been, or will be in their last Marvel movie soon. In the case of Captain America or Iron Man, their last movie was Endgame, which was consequently, the last gathering of all the Avengers. But what myself and many other Marvel fans were hoping for, was for there to be a DC vs Marvel movie in the Avengers lifetime. And, like in every other movie where two rivals fight (Batman vs Superman, for example) there would be an unexpected twist- a huge threat that could have been a mixture of Marvel and DC’s worst villains.
In contrast to the MCU, DC’s cinematic universe doesn’t include as many movies, thought it does include many great TV shows like: The Flash, Arrow, Supergirl and many more. Therefore, it would no longer be fair to compare Marvel and DC's cinematic universes, because while Marvel has some of the greatest movies ever made, DC has what some would call equally great TV shows.
So, though we can imagine an epic battle between both, it would be hard to decide and figure out who would win, since both universes have equally qualified and powerful heroes, many of whom have similar skills. Some could say that Hawkeye and Green Arrow, for example, are both equally skilled at using their bows, and consequently, it would be impossible to tell who would win.
However, there has already been a crossover between DC and Marvel- yet instead of being a box-office hit, it was a printed book, released in 1996 as a comic series entitled "DC VS Marvel". Even if on paper both rivals may have collided into what seems like an epic story, the dream of a cinematic crossover between both studios still seems far away. This is because Marvel is owned by Disney while DC belongs to Warner Bros Studios- both companies being fierce competitors.
In conclusion, though we can hope a cinematic crossover occurs one day, the chances of this age-old rivalry being resolved as a legendary clash on the big screen seems slim, and the battle will have to remain alive only in our imaginations.