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 list of 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: