“Marvel vs DC… Who will come out on top?”
After being involved in many conversations with people about films, once I utter the seemingly unforbidden words “I don’t watch superhero films” I am faced with either an awful look of despair or verbal abuse.
So, in my attempt to see what all the hype is about, I decided I would do a Marvel vs DC blog to determine which franchise holds the superhero title. As an unbiased party, I thought it would be fitting for me to judge both of the franchises based upon their highest-grossing films which are…
- Marvel: Avengers: Endgame (grossing an estimated $2,790,261,193)
- DC: Aquaman (grossing an estimated $1,148,161,807)
So, let the battle of the superheroes begin!
- Title: Avengers: Endgame
- Release date: 22nd April 2019
- Director(s): Russo Brothers
Following on from Avengers: Infinity War that was released the previous year, Avengers: Endgame follows the remaining Avengers as the attempt to fix the world after Thanos damaged it.
Unfortunately, after many fans were left heartbroken when some of their favourite Avengers were killed in Avengers: Infinity War, Avengers: Endgame did not fail in bringing the Avengers saga to a dramatic and admirable ending. With a marketing campaign worth over $200 million and the release of two trailers (with the second trailer being viewed 268 million times in 24 hours), the creators were determined to have a successful ending to this much-loved franchise and I think they 100% achieved their goal.
Although I am not as invested as many of the Marvel fans (especially the die-hard fans that queued for hours at midnight upon its release), I really enjoyed watching the close to this epic saga. I do have to say, as the film was 3 hours long, I did have to watch it in two parts but, throughout the whole film, I was on the edge of my seat wondering what was going to happen next. The cinematography was nothing short of perfection, and the camera angles and shots were perfectly suited for each scene.
My favourite scene was when all the superheroes joined together in their attempt to defeat Thanos as this showed just how amazing the cinematography was. But as the Russo Brothers directed the film it’s no surprise it turned out so well.
- Title: Aquaman
- Release date: 26th November 2018
- Director: James Wan
Directed by James Wan, known for making some of the best horrors of the 21st century (Saw, The Conjuring, Insidious), Aquaman tells the tale of Arthur a half-human, half-Atlantean who goes on a journey to find the Trident of Atlan in an attempt to save the underwater world of Atlantis.
Packed with action, it’s easy to see why Aquaman has become DC’s highest-grossing film. Including some legendary fight scenes and the cinematography to match Aquaman definitely did well in that sense.
Including stars such as Jason Momoa (Game of Thrones, Justice League), Nicole Kidman (Big Little Lies, Bombshell) and Amber Heard (The Danish Girl, Pineapple Express) the film was able to gain huge attraction. This was also helped by the trailer showing in the cinema before films such as Venom and The Meg.
Although Aquaman stunned the charts making $128 million in the first 24 hours upon its release, overall, I thought it lacked in some places. Yes, I found the cinematography good but, the storyline seemed quite lacklustre to me in places. If you are a superhero fan, then you may beg to differ, but for me, there were many times throughout the film where I disengaged from the plot as elements of it seems a bit cringe and cheesy.
With that being said, the winner of this battle has to be Marvel!
In all fairness to Aquaman, it was in a battle against the highest-grossing movie of ALL-TIME, but unfortunately, it just didn’t meet the standards of Avengers: Endgame.
So, after all of this, I’m guessing many of you are wondering if I am now a superhero film fan. The answer to that is still no, BUT I do understand why so many people are attracted to the film genre (especially Marvel).