How Marvel and DC Are About to Change the Game for Superhero Movies

by Jeremy Spirogis
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Hollywood typically wonders aloud if superhero films are on the decline. Then, nearly like clockwork, the subsequent Marvel or DC film comes alongside to dismiss that notion. However, the 2 huge comedian ebook titans have modified how they method their movies. Here’s how the Marvel Cinematic Universe and DC Extended Universe are taking issues to an entire new dimension.

The cast of 'Justice League' at the movie's premiere
The forged of ‘Justice League’ on the film’s premiere | Emma McIntyre/Getty Images

Marvel’s ‘Doctor Strange’ sequel will introduce the multiverse in 2022

Bit by bit, the MCU has leaned into extra advanced territory. It started with extra “grounded” heroes like Iron Man and Captain America that relied on science and expertise. Then cosmic entries like Guardians of the Galaxy got here alongside. Before lengthy, the MCU was toying with the Quantum Realm, dimensional journey, and — most lately — time journey.

But all that was only a warm-up for 2022’s Doctor Strange within the Multiverse of Madness. The film — directed by Sam Raimi — will reportedly see the Sorcerer Supreme journey to a number of Earths. With the MCU seeking to incorporate the Fantastic Four and the X-Men, rumors declare that the Doctor Strange sequel might be a backdoor technique to introduce these characters.

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That identical yr, Warner Bros. unites its DC universe with ‘The Flash’

Essentially, the MCU has a free cross to incorporate earlier variations of Marvel heroes. But it stays to be seen whether or not Marvel will benefit from that. On the opposite hand, DC is totally dedicated to tying all its properties collectively. Just as The CW’s “Crisis on Infinite Earths” featured cameos from numerous DC film and TV tasks, the DCEU will comply with go well with.

The Flash hits theaters in 2022, the identical yr because the Doctor Strange sequel. Ezra Miller returns for a narrative based mostly on the comics’ Flashpoint. Miller will seem alongside not one however two completely different Batman actors. Ben Affleck will reprise his function from earlier DCEU entries. And Warner Bros. confirmed Michael Keaton will revive his model, which exists in a parallel universe.

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‘The Flash’ might give the DCEU the sting to lastly eclipse the MCU

For many years, Marvel and DC have sustained a pleasant rivalry, one perpetuated by their rabid fan bases. As far as films go, the MCU has been the clear victor for years. Marvel’s films have been extra financially profitable and obtained stronger crucial opinions. But this 2022 showdown might be the turning level that sees the DCEU pull forward.

What the DC facet has lacked is legacy. The MCU constructed their basis one movie — and certainly one “phase” — at a time. But the DCEU hasn’t been in a position to set up such strong footing, excluding Gal Gadot’s Wonder Woman. The Flash offers the franchise an opportunity to faucet into earlier iterations and actually set itself other than the MCU.

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