New Study Finally Ends The Great Marvel Vs. DC Debate


Earlier this month, Shazam! director David F. Sandberg took to Instagram with the claim that “The seriousness of the Marvel/DC rivalry is so god damn stupid,” and honestly, the guy had a point. Like what you like, let others like what they like, and don’t get too caught up in brand loyalty.

With that disclaimer out the way, My Voucher Codes has crunched the numbers for over 75 of the top film adaptations of Marvel and DC works, and putting these figures side by side, it must be said that Marvel triumphs across the board. Feast your eyes on the data below, which measures each brand by average audience score, critic score, box office gross and net profit/loss:

Marvel Breakdown:

Average Audience Score: 72%

Average Critic Score: 64.7%

Average Box Office Total Gross: $290,432,814

Average Profit/Loss: $460,895,918


DC Breakdown:

Average Audience Score: 60.8%

Average Critic Score: 58.8%

Average Box Office Total Gross: $256,766,656

Average Profit/Loss: $243,369,231

As you can see, DC has a lot of catching up to do in terms of profit, critical acclaim and audience acclaim, and with surefire hits like Avengers: Endgame and Captain Marvel due for release next year, this gap might only get wider.

Keep in mind that these figures aren’t just based on DCEU and MCU flicks, though. Since any major movie bearing one of the two comic book brand names has been deemed eligible, the numbers are taking into account everything from the 1978 Superman to the recent Venom movie, and the pattern is pretty clear that people, as a whole, ‘get’ Marvel more than they ‘get’ DC, at least as far as the films go.

Of course, it’s best not to take these figures too seriously, and even if DC is lagging behind in the numbers right now, they still have some promising releases on the horizon. For one thing, Aquaman is coming out on December 21st, while Sandberg’s own Shazam! (a character who knows all too much about Marvel comparisons) is due for release on April 5th, 2019. Meanwhile, the Marvel-brand Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse is out today, followed by Captain Marvel on March 8th next year.