The age-old DC vs Marvel rivalry has taken a new form with former showing off what all it has in store for its fans
The pandemic and lockdown have taken a huge toll on our superhero franchises. With the theatres shut down and so many movies pushed to 2021, Marvel and DC have had to battle on buzz grounds and garner as much craze as they can to keep up with their Multiverse hype, and future box office predictions. And frankly speaking, in DC vs Marvel battle, the latter is falling behind.
From DCEU Failure To DC Multiverse
The DC FanDome in August 2020 showcased DC’s upcoming films in the form of trailers, cast announcements, behind the scenes, and more. Nonetheless, WB used the event as a distraction for layingoff many employees.
To begin with, The Batman trailer starring Robert Pattinson already has almost 25 million views on YouTube. And the fact is only 25% of the movie has been shot as of now. Next up and this one is big, Zack Snyder’s Cut of Justice League that will release on HBO Max. The amount of excitement the new trailer has garnered is double that of its earlier one.
The Flash movie featurette and the news that Ben Affleck’s Batman will come face to face with Michael Keaton’s Batman in it has opened multiple possibilities for the future of DC’s multiverse. And the fact that two Batmans will be coming together is something that has not happened ever before.
The cinematic DC Multiverse is going to be born out of this movie.Christina Hodson, (Screenwriter, Flash movie)
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Wonder Woman 1984 has added to the expectations of the fans, partly due to its first instalment, partly due to the awesome trailer. However, the movie is looking at a 6th delayed release date. Black Adam, played by Dwayne Johnson, will have Aldis Hodge as Hawkman. As if “the Rock” playing Black Adam was not cool enough, DC brought in the Hidden Figures star to add to the charm.
DC also took its gamers and showcased two new games, Arkham Knights and Suicide Squad: Kill the Justice League. James Gunn’s The Suicide Squad seems to be more than double the fun we expected from the last Suicide Squad movie, something which we did not get. However, the variety of characters that will come to light along with the trust that James Gunn has earned (director of Guardians of the Galaxy movies) is no doubt promising. And to top it all Robert Pattinson is Batman or better say Vengence.
Marvel’s Madness In Multiverse
What the lockdown has affected the most is Marvel’s interconnected flow among movies, and now among TV series too. Marvel’s strongest weapon has turned into the very catch with it having to postpone all its movies and series to maintain its narrative structure. While DC will be introducing new stuff mostly, Marvel will be turning to Phase 4. This gap might be a good chance for DC to turn things around for itself in 2021.
As for Marvel, 2020 has been “a long day.” Quiet. Movies that were supposed to be released this year were pushed to 2021. This year has been all about teasers, trailers, featurettes, news, and rumours. MCU Multiverse got hyped thanks to reports confirming Jamie Foxx’s reprisal as Electro in the MCU’s third Spider-Man movie, although it has Sony involved too.
On the other hand, there is still confusion hovering as to whether Tatiana Maslany will play She-Hulk or not. Rumour has it that Oscar Isaac is in TALKS with Marvel to play Moon Knight in a new Disney+ series. There has been no 2nd trailer of WandaVision and no release date either.
What is Marvel Releasing in 2021
Eternals was supposed to release on 6th November 2020. But now it will not release in November 2021 a year after its initial release date. Shang Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings had its release set to 11th February 2021 and now will release in July 2021. Both Eternals and Shang Chi have wrapped up filming, the former in February, and the latter in October.
The initial release date of Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness was 24th May 2021. But will now do so on 24th March 2022. The Falcon and the Winter Soldier will also release in 2021. Of all these and others, we have only had exclusive first looks, cast reveals, news and reports. The only way for Marvel to pave its way to a better 2021 is to give the fans some clarity. This will certainly maintain the excitement.
But perhaps it is all worth the wait. While Marvel has given us some of the best movie-going experiences ever DC is soon catching up. It’ll be further interesting to see the Marvel DC rivalry shaping up in the coming years.