Marvel Cinematic Universe history began in 2008: Tony Stark was being escorted in Afghanistan by US Army to present a new missile by Stark Industries. AC/DC’s Back in Black on the background was consistent about the character about to be introduced. Then a bomb exploded, and Stark was attacked and then imprisoned. He will come out of there as Iron Man: a powerful, ironic and cheeky super hero, the first of many characters belonging to Marvel narrative universe, with Hulk, Thor, Captain America, and finally one of the most successful movies of the last years, in 2012: The Avengers, a super hero group led by Tony Stark himself.
In the meantime, also DC Comics meant to have a part in the game: after the trilogy The Dark Night signed by Christopher Nolan between 2005 and 2012, in 2013 The Man of Steel was released, and then in 2016 it was the turn of Batman vs. Superman: Dawn of Justice and Suicide Squad: that was the inauguration of DC Extended Universe – DC’s answer to Marvel Comics.
Marvel’s narrative plot went on: the universe was becoming more and more extended, so that the movies Avengers were sided by the TV shows Defenders, with Daredevil, Jessica Jones, Luke Cage and Iron Fist on Netflix. And 2016 saw the battlefront between Captain America and Iron Man in Civil War.
Superheroes world definitely became a huge thing in the last years: the Spiderman trilogy by Tobey Maguire was not enough in the 00’s: fans wanted more. Marvel and DC Comics just went on pleasing their fans, because of the infinite narrative extensions the superheroes world can offer.
Who is doing it better: Marvel or DC Comics? And which side are you on: Batman’s or Iron Man’s?
Marvel Cinematic Universe: the next movie releases
Marvel Cinematic Universe media franchise was inaugurated in 2008 with Iron Man, and every year from that moment had an annual cinematographic release with new films, sequels, monographies on new superheroes, and other cross-overs. It was an enormous success, both for fans and for Marvel: in 15 years, 19$ billions of gross income. On Box Office Mojo you can see the gross income for every movie in the domestic market.
Marvel Cinematic Universe is divided into three phases: right now, we’ve got to the beginning of the Third Phase, after Captain America: Civil War in April 2016. The next release is very soon: Doctor Strange, interpreted by Benedict Cumberbatch: judging by teasers and trailer, there’s a great hype upon this movie (as we saw during Comic-Con International in San Diego): the movie is supposed to be another great success.
And then Spiderman: The Homecoming will come, with the movie releases culminating narratively in 2018 and 2019 with The Avengers: Infinity War Part I and Part II.
Here is every Marvel Cinematic Universe release at a glance:
Will DC Comics be able to battle against Marvel?
DC Comics, with DC Extended Universe, tried to give its answer to Marvel Comics, but it did not have the same critics and public success. Superhero movies need to have three important characteristics, in order to reach a great audience and to generate new fans:
- Popular actors able to interpreted innovatively a classic superhero: Robert Downey Jr., Iron Man, may be the best example. The same actor-character adaptation was not a success for Ben Afflack in Batman, according to lots of critics.
- Linear and fast storyline: superhero movies could be very heavy and slow, if their distinctive feature is only based on special effects and constant battles. Marvel was always very balanced and managed to find a winning storyline pattern, while DC Comics received bad reviews about producing movies in a dark way, with no narrative climaxes.
- TV shows scenes, filled with dialogues and irony: irony and the human dimension about characters are very important features. A movie can be pleasant if it’s not too much serious: that is maybe what DC Comics did not understand, which wanted to replicate Christopher Nolan’s dark tones without having to.
DC Extended Universe releases in the next few years, though, are a lot, starting from the next title Wonder Woman in 2017, following Suicide Squad (which sadly had bad reviews) released on Summer 2016. But expectations are high for Justice League (also to be released in 2017), the DC Comics equivalent to Marvel’s The Avengers.
In the meantime, if you’re keen on comics and have a subscription to Netflix, October will bring you good news: beyond the release of Luke Cage, the movies Iron Man, Iron Man 2, Thor, Captain America and The Avengers are coming to the streaming platform too. If you want to watch again the movies (or to watch them for the first time) now it’s the right time!
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