Rivalries have been a constant theme in the way human relationships work. And I don’t know why, but from an external point of view, they’ve always been so fascinating. There is just something about the prospect of having two sides claw each other’s eyes out and getting to pick a side that just may bring a side of spicy excitement to the mundane of our otherwise peaceful (that’s debatable) lives. Some of the best stories in history were founded on a conflict that tore apart two or more distinct sides: the Capulet’s and the Montague’s, the French and the British, House Stark and House Lannister, if you will. But perhaps the most relevant contemporary strife has sparked between Marvel and DC, the two titans who are behind the biggest superhero franchises and characters of our time. They’ve been at it since the oldest times, but ever since their respective universes made the transition from comic book pages to the big screen, it feels like the bitter rivalry has only grown stronger. The most recent display will be Captain America: Civil War and, respectively, Batman VS Superman: Dawn of Justice, both scheduled to come out later this year. And even though we have yet to witness what both sides have to offer, we already know 8 Reasons Why Civil War Will Outshine Batman VS Superman.
1. The Build Up
One thing that Marvel has been doing for a while now, is bringing their characters together and meshing them into a single, linear story. Civil War will not be the first we see of Iron Man and Captain America in the same room, something we can’t say about Superman and Batman, which are DC’s first real ambitious project that intends to bring more characters under the same “roof.” Sharing screen time in both of the Avengers movies, Tony and Steve had plenty of time to interact and create a bond, as well as tension thick enough to pave the way towards the breakthrough of a civil war. Marvel made it clear that the two have never truly shared ideas and visions, and it only makes sense that it’s a difference in visions that’s going to tear them apart in Civil War, too. On the other hand, DC’s movie brings together the two characters for the first time, on the premise of Bruce’s paranoia regarding an unknown source of power and, like the title says, at stake is the very concept of justice. All in all, what I’m saying is that people are much more likely to get invested in the affairs of a duo that’s interacted before plenty of times, and is ultimately torn apart by personal matters.
2. A Linear Storyline
If there is anything that all the superhero movies so far have taught us, it’s that a director’s most certain way to cinematographic suicide is trying to juggle with a multitude of new storylines. The best proof of that are Spider Man 3 and The Amazing Spider Man 2, both of which were harshly critiqued by audiences and experts for stuffing too many characters and stories in one movie, then failing to properly develop either of them. And so far, it seems like DC has unfortunately boarded that train, while Marvel’s Russo brothers have settled to tell the tale of how a registration act destroyed the balance among the Avengers. Batman VS Superman is going to try to tell Superman’s personal story in the aftermaths of Man of Steel, it’s going to introduce this universe’s Batman and Wonder Woman, and it’ll try to pave the way for a future Justice League materialization. It just seems that it’d be easier to work with a single story that has a start, middle and finish, than to try and balance a multitude of plots.
3. New Characters
And since we’re on the topic of characters, both movies are going to introduce the audiences to new on screen apparitions. Wonder Woman is going to make her debut in the DC cinematic universe, along with Ben Affleck’s Batman, while Civil War is going to give us appearances from ultra popular Spider Man and Black Panther. As a paradox, Marvel is the one who is going to throw into the mix considerably more characters, which might make the introduction of even more seem like a bad idea. It’s not really like that. All of the characters, aside from the new ones, obviously, from the latest Captain America installment have been featured in at least one movie before, which means that there is plenty of room to properly develop the newest additions to the MCU. Batman VS Superman, on the other hand, doesn’t benefit from having such a numerous arsenal of previously established characters, so trying to showcase them all in one movie might end up backfiring in the end.
4. The Magnitude
Even though, not going to lie, the trailer for Batman VS Superman makes it look like DC is going to tell the story of a conflict of global proportions, the real proper warfare will be featured in Civil War. While DC presents a much more personal conflict between its two most popular superheroes, the strife between Tony Stark and Steve Rogers is going to bring other superheroes to each of their sides, creating chaos among all of our beloved Marvel characters.
5. Spider Man
If there is one character that may be able to single handed outshine both Superman and Batman, that’s Spider Man. After all, there is a reason why Civil War is going to mark the third time in less than two decades when Marvel’s most popular superhero gets a movie reboot. Both Bruce Wayne and Clark Kent are notorious for their soberness and, although flamboyant and eccentric, not even Tony Stark can live up to the playfulness and humor Peter Parker is able to bring to the screen. Many people have been waiting for Spider Man to get picked up by Marvel, for a “proper representation,” and this reason alone might be able to bring a bigger audience to Captain America’s third movie.
It doesn’t matter whether you are a Marvel or a DC fan. We tried to set aside our own affiliations for this article, because there are, objectively, 5 Reasons Why Civil War Will Outshine Batman VS Superman. But, hey, we’re all for surprises and we’d definitely like to see DC live up to its potential and put something as great as The Dark Knight again. That would lead to an even more interesting battle between the movie comic book titans.