Marvel Heroes Characters Comparison Essay

Jul 29 2016

by Emily Badgett

8 Similarities Between DC and Marvel

By Emily Badgett - Jul 29 2016
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I first fell in love with superheros when I saw the first X-Men movies and deep love of all things Marvel sprung to life. I never enjoyed DC Comics except for the occasional Batman Movie. But this year I fell deeply in love with The CW’s lineup of superhero TV shows with Supergirl, The Flash, The Arrow and Legends of Tomorrow. I didn’t notice the comparison while watching The Flash at first, but after watching The Arrow and seeing Ray Palmer try to become the Atom, my first love of Marvel Comics started to feel cheated by the almost identical character. Then, as I watched Barry Allen and his friends at S.T.A.R. Labs investigate their metahuman problem, the concept seem repeated when Marvel’s X-Men were fighting the government in protection of mutants. I started to research how many more similarities between DC and Marvel and they seemed to be everywhere and the list began...

1. "Metahuman" v. "Mutants"

Metahuman and Mutants both have to conceal their true identify in order to protect their friends and family. Barry Allen and S.T.A.R. Labs are searching for all the metahumans that were created after the particle accelerate explosion while Professor Charles Xavier is searching for Mutants to keep safe from harm. Both companies make their plot revolve around searching for these genetically mutated humans. The difference is Marvel first introduced the concept of mutants in 1963 and DC followed about 20 years later with metahumans in 1986.

2. "The Atom" v. "Ant Man"

Ant Man and The Atom came into the recent popular media at about the same time. Ant Man appeared in blockbuster movies Ant Man and Civil War. The Atom first appeared on television in Arrow then in Legends of Tomorrow. Both Ray Palmer and Scott Lang have a suit that shrinks their whole body. The difference between the two is Ray Palmer is a brilliant tech entrepreneur who creates his own suit where as Scott Lang has the help of Dr. Hank Pym and is convicted thief. The suits are even the same color! The dates between these two’s first appearance in their respective comic books is eerily similar. Ant-Man was first introduced in January 1962, but DC beat Marvel with showcasing The Atom in October of 1961. Coincidence or should Marvel be convicted of theft like Scott Lang?

3. "Batman" v. "Iron Man"

Though these two do not have the same superpowers as The Atom and Ant-Man, their non-superhero personalities are almost identical. Bruce Wayne and Tony Stark both can be described with the same adjectives American billionaire, playboy, philanthropist, and owner of major company in perspective city. Both companies were founded by their ancestors and their CEO’s both double as superheros. Bruce Wayne and Tony Stark both lost their parents to a tragic accident that motivated their endeavour to become a superhero. Tony Stark’s parents died in a car accident caused by bad brakes made by Howard Stark’s competitor. Bruce Wayne witnessed his parents murder by the criminals that his father was trying to take off the streets to make Gotham City safer. You could almost reverse the names and have the same outcome. Though it seems that DC beat Marvel to the punch first publishing Batman in 1939 and Marvel publishing almost 30 years later with Iron Man in 1963.

4. "Arrow" v. "Hawkeye"

A man with fondness to the bow, mysterious past, and incredible combat skills whose right hand woman wears black and is a killer assassin. I just described both The Arrow and Hawkeye. The main attribute are identical. The only real difference being when their were released DC first published Green Arrow in 1941 where as Marvel published 1964. Though the plots and journeys the characters differ the concept of the character is undeniably a carbon copy.

5. "Black Canary" v. "Black Widow"

Obviously characters that have the same first word in their name begs comparison. Black Canary and Black Widow are both trained assassins. Natasha Romanova struggles with her training haunting her as Sarah Launce did. Both Black Canary and Black Widow have an Archer as a sidekick. Ironically, both personas have been taken on by multiple people just like both comic superpowers have taken them on. Black Canary in the comic books is a mother and daughter, Dinah Launce and Laurel Lance, but it in the show Arrow Laurel Lance takes on the persona after her sister’s, Sarah Launce, death. Marvel has had several women take on the superhero identity of the Black Widow most famouosly Natasha Romanova, but before her was Claire Voyant and after Natasha was Yelna Belnova. No matter who is behind the superhero or the Comic Industry the basic concept remains the same.

6. "The Flash" v. "QuickSilver"

Both speedsters have been genetically modify and are classified as metahuman or mutant respectively. The Flash, Barry Allen, was hit with dark matter from a particle accelerator explosion. Quicksilver (Fox and X-Men version) inherited the mutant gene from his father Magneto. Both can seem to slow down time to solve problems by running so fast. They have both have traveled back in time with their super speed. Though Quicksilver is not as of a goody-two-shoes as Barry Allen both speed demons fight to save the world from evil. Quicksilver pairs up with the X-Men and the Avengers, where as Barry Allen partners with The Arrow and The Justice League. But Marvel was the quickest to the speedster battle first publishing in 1959 and DC 5 year later. But in DC vs. Marvel comic book series Flash out ran Quicksilver. Who is the true winner here?

7. "Thor"

Thor appears in both DC and Marvel Comics. He is best known for his role in Marvel’s Avengers, but has work alongside Superman and Wonderwomen in DC’s Neil Gaiman’s Sandman Series. Though Thor’s first appearance in the DC Universe was based on Marvel’s adaptation of the myth, but late on the true mythology was portrayed. I have shown similar characters, but not the same character in both Comic Books. The Reason is simple Jack Kirby one of the original characters crossed the divide and wrote for DC about 10 years after creating Thor in the Marvel universe. Marvel and DC shared more than just superhero personas.

8. "Justice League" v. "Avengers"

In the capitalist America in order for one product to thrive the comic needs competition. Almost naturally three years after DC created The Justice League, Marvel published the Avengers in 1963. The concept of combining all the superheroes into one comic book was inevitable to increase profit by attracting readers to new heros and additional serieses. They even started with almost the same size team Justice League with seven and Avengers with 6. Both universes share the idea of trading out characters, but they do seem to share a lot of characters.

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Marvel and DC are known as two kings of comic books, which have millions of fans all around the world. Some people like both of them and enjoy reading about Spider-man, Hulk, X-men (Marvel), as well as about Superman, Batman, and The League of Justice (DC-comics), while others are faithful admirers of only one of these great comic kingdoms. The argues about which one is better are never to be stopped, and both of these two companies are constantly trying to prove that they deserve to become undeniable leaders in the comic industry. In this article we will tell about the infinite comics battle of Marvel vs DC, their main differences, characters, and achievements.

MARVEL VS DC. the origins of rivalry

Both companies were established at around the same time – in 1930s. The first and most popular character, however, was created by DC – Superman was the one who became an archetype of a superhero. Other characters that were presented later, like Batman, are popular until the present day. Marvel also created characters like Human Torch and Vision, who appear in modern Marvel movies. However, the actual competition between these two companies began later in 1960s when DC successfully revived superheroes like Flash, Green Lantern, and other members of Justice League from 1950s. Marvel followed this trend and created The Fantastic Four, which became the first Marvel’s superhero team. Other characters of this period also gained popularity, and The Amazing Spiderman became a huge success. In this era the differences became more obvious, which initiated Marvel vs DC fans’ rivalry, as Marvel developed some unique features such as concentrating on characters’ inner world, psychological and adulthood issues, which was appreciated by the fans, while DC became darker and more serious.

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MARVEL VS DC in pop culture. Movies and video games

In the Marvel vs DC movie battle the rivalry has been huge in the recent years. Beginning with the year 2000, Marvel succeeded in turning the comics into popular franchises, e.g. X-men movie series or Spider-man. Later there appeared Thor movies, The Avengers, Iron-man, Guardians of the Galaxy, and others – Marvel has built a whole cinematic universe around all most popular heroes and continues to do that: the full Marvel movie release calendar is there till 2020. Some of these movies were a huge success (e.g. the first Iron-man movie), some of them were somewhat criticized, but still they are always box-office hits.

When we talk about the role of DC in this Marvel vs DC movie battle, The Dark Knight by Christopher Nolan immediately comes to mind. Before this movie, there were several films about Batman, but until this day The Dark Knight is considered the masterpiece, which is able to overshadow the fun and bright Marvel movies with its darkness, for which fans love DC so much. However, it appeared that The Dark Knight isn’t enough to beat the growing Marvel Universe. That is why recently DC has been trying to catch up with them by releasing Man of Steel, Batman vs Superman: Dawn of Justice, The Suicide Squad; it is also planning to present Wonder Woman and The Justice League movies. DC movies also are box office hits, but now they are much more attacked on by fans and critics than Marvel movies.

In Marvel vs DC game confrontation both companies are rather balanced: they’ve been releasing games since 1980s and until now. The main difference, though, is that DC games are focused primarily on Batman and Superman, while Marvel games are more diverse, featuring more characters from the Marvel Universe. So, Marvel vs DC game battle is still on the go, and dates of new games of 2017 on PS4 and X-Box One are to be announced.

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DC AND MARVEL Characters

In the history of comic rivalry there was an actual battle of DC and Marvel characters, which took place in a Marvel/DC crossover in 1996. In both Universes there are characters which have similar superpowers and they are inevitably compared to each other. In the Marvel/DC crossover there were 11 combats in total, and here we will look at the battles of the most popular DC and Marvel characters.

Superman (DC) – the first most famous superhero from planet Krypton, who is able to fly, has great physical power and heat vision. He fought and won over Hulk (Marvel) – the green monster who is a result of a nuclear explosion and an alter ego of the scientist Bruce Banner, who turns into Hulk whenever he is angry and becomes extremely strong.

Batman (DC) – a billionaire who has no superpowers, but fights the crime in Gotham using his scientific knowledge and detective skills. Captain America (Marvel), whom he fought, is a patriot who gained his physical power after the scientific experiment. He dreamt to fight in the army during the WWII and eventually he became a symbol of America. Batman won this battle.

MARVEL VS DC. Who would win?

The most discussed question that bothers millions of fans all around the world is Marvel vs DC: who would win? In terms of media business, Marvel is closer to being a leader in the comic industry at the moment, because it has build up a cinematic universe that is mostly highly appreciated both by critics and viewers. On the other hand, DC nowadays is trying much harder to become a decent opponent to Marvel, announcing many new movies with great cast and high budgets. So the ultimate battle is still on the go, and the answer to the question Marvel vs DC: who would win may be quite surprising in the future.

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