The Marvel vs. DC rivalry has been a staple of the comic book fandom for decades, and things have only escalated since both companies launched their respective shared cinematic universes. Despite what social media may tell you, there’s absolutely nothing wrong with being a fan of both, but The Falcon and the Winter Solider responding to an online campaign in record quick time has roused the trolls.
After Zemo’s sweet dance moves stole the show and generated the biggest talking point after the third episode, MCU fans hopped onto Twitter and got #ReleaseTheZemoCut trending worldwide. 24 hours later and Marvel Studios obliged, dropping a one-hour video of the Captain America: Civil War villain getting down in a Madripoor nightclub.
Naturally, Marvel enthusiasts have been rubbing it in the face of the DCEU campaigners who spent almost four years waiting for Zack Snyder’s Justice League to become a reality, and you can check out some of the reactions below.
It took WB. 4 years to release Snyder Cut & Marvel took 1 week to release Zemo Cut. pic.twitter.com/gweEaYDgzu
— thePJ (@pjexplained) April 9, 2021
the zemo cut > the snyder cut
— sage | studying era ♡ (@ladybirdsbrie) April 8, 2021
the fact we got the zemo cut faster than the snyder cut 😭😭😭 https://t.co/m0hjF0ih9K
— n 💫 sam wilson's bride (@skyswalkerleia) April 8, 2021
DC: Release' Zack Marvel:
Snyder's cut Hold my
— Rei (@harrysfinejaw) April 9, 2021
Releasing the Snyder Cut took years, releasing the Zemo Cut took days https://t.co/HfXkUDGitI
— Jessica Derschowitz (@jessicasara) April 8, 2021
It only took us six days to get the Zemo Cut. Suck on that, Snyder fanboys. https://t.co/fYiF9N385u
— victor von doomscrolling (@Brian_Pelts) April 9, 2021
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Fans: Release the Snyder Cut
DC, 4 years later: whatever, take it
Fans: Release the Zemo Cut
Marvel, 4 days later: there you go
Which one of these studios is successful?
— Tavo Tavo (@_avocado_f3) April 9, 2021
Broke: Snyder cut
Woke: Zemo cut https://t.co/68v0Neqlgp
— ∞ (@unicornxstore) April 8, 2021
It took a week for the Zemo Cut to be released and 4 years for the Snyder Cut lmaooo https://t.co/K7UTNLNMMh
— Mahir 🐍 (@MahirRahman24) April 8, 2021
S/o to marvel for releasing the Snyder cut of Zemo’s dance. Truly always listening to the fans 😂
— the cinema witch (@cinestrology) April 8, 2021
This is why Marvel is the best, it took 4 years to get the Snyder Cut but Marvel gave us the Zemo Cut in under a week https://t.co/7XNSxD2Fmm
— CunningSmile (@CunningSmi1e) April 8, 2021
Obviously it’s an apples to oranges comparison when the Snyder Cut was a four-hour epic that required $70 million to finish the visual effects, get remastered into an IMAX-friendly aspect ratio, add a brand new scene for the epilogue and generally be torn apart and rebuilt from the ground up, while the Zemo Cut is a loop of a guy throwing some shapes.
That being said, it’s no surprise that MCU fans have sought to fan the flames online to try and poke the bear when the HBO Max exclusive has been dominating the cultural conversation for the last three weeks, and the The Falcon and the Winter Soldier hasn’t spawned any water cooler conversation to the same sort of degree. At least, until Captain America killed a guy in the street.