Top 10 Differences Between DCEU And MCU

DC comics and Marvel comics’ origins date back to the mid-20th century. They have been battling it out on the pages of comics for many decades. But when it comes to live-action movies they have seen varying degrees of success and failure. Once the movies industry started growing, superhero movies started becoming a staple for the movie going audience.  With this there was also an urge to make their movies distinct from one another. Presently these two comic book giants are more popularly known by their cinematic universe names, i.e., DCEU and MCU. MCU has been operating since 2008, while DCEU has been active since 2013. With that said, let us look at the top 10 differences between DCEU and MCU that set them apart.


10. Rights to the characters:

Both these universes have a huge number of characters, but there are some characters that the MCU cannot use because they were sold to other studios (e.g. X-Men and Fantastic Four characters are under 20th Century Fox). On the other hand, DCEU has hold over all its comic book characters. Marvel had to sell its characters because they were bankrupt and so characters such as spiderman, X-Men characters were sold. Recently, with Spiderman Homecoming, we see the return of Spiderman to MCU.


9. Post-Credits and Mid-Credits scenes:

MCU revolutionised the idea of post-credits and mid-credits scenes and this has worked out well. Most of the audience in the theatres nowadays wait till the end of credits during an MCU movie to watch out for their favourite characters promoting the future movies. This has become a tradition with the MCU and there is no denying its popularity. Even many other movies are adopting this idea for promoting their future movies. Looking to the DCEU side, with the exception of Suicide Squad there hasn’t been a single post- or mid-credits scene. This seems to be a way in which DCEU wants to distinguish itself from MCU. Instead, Director Zack Snyder (of Batman v Superman) has said he will be using online platforms for promoting future DCEU films. For Batman v Superman, he released a clip online promoting Justice League.


8. Potential for releasing R-rated movies:

WB is the parent company of DCEU while Disney is the parent company of MCU. This information is enough to suggest that Marvel will never make an R-rated movie while DCEU can and will release R-rated movies in the future. Disney is a company whose target audience is composed of kids of all age groups. They will never make an R-rated movie at the expense of losing out on its younger audience. WB has produced R-rated movies in the past. When Deadpool created history for being the highest grossing R-rated movie worldwide, most of the other studios wanted to capitalise on this. But Disney will take a backseat in this particular situation. DCEU has already released a Batman v Superman ultimate edition which is R-rated. Right now it has planned for a Suicide Squad sequel which is to be R-rated.


7. Connectivity to TV universe:

Both DC and Marvel have been successful on the small screen too. DC has to its credit the Flash, the Arrow, Supergirl. Marvel has Daredevil, Jessica Jones. But the MCU is connected to its TV counterpart whereas DCEU isn’t. All of the Marvel TV series take place in the MCU.  So, when something big is altered in the MCU, its effects are seen in the TV series too. This maybe a great way to promote the Marvel TV series but it leads to lacklustre TV shows such as Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.


6. Background Score:

With the release of DCEUs’ Wonder Woman, many people changed their phone ringtones to the great Wonder Woman theme created by composer Junkie XL. Even some of the scores from Man of Steel and Batman v Superman were good. This goes to show that DCEU has had good composers who have come up with some of the best music in superhero music. Hans Zimmer, Junkie XL, Rupert Gregson-Williams have done a great job in the music department. Now with Danny Elfman taking over music for Justice League from Junkie XL we can expect some great movie scores.  While the MCU movies are great they haven’t produced any noteworthy BGMs’ with the exception of Guardians of the Galaxy series.

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