I have been a comics fan for most of my life, except for a decade or so between the mid-80’s and mid-90’s when I was much too cool for comics. I have never chosen sides between DC and Marvel, and I read plenty of independent comics as well. DC has the most main stream superheroes though, Batman and Superman have been pop culture icons for nearly a century now. They have both had very good, and very bad movies made in their names for decades. Marvel struggled to get anything good film wise off the ground for years, they had nothing to compare to Burton’s Batman, or Donner’s Superman, or anything even close until Raimi’s Spider-man came out in 2002. That almost seemed like a fluke, and DC regained the superhero movie crown with Chis Nolan’s Dark Knight just a few years later.
Then along came Kevin Feige with a vision that Marvel bought into. Iron Man was a very good movie, but it wasn’t quite the Dark Knight either. The next couple of releases were a bit rocky though. The Incredible Hulk was a good movie, but not good enough, and it was one and done for their biggest star, Edward Norton, and Iron Man 2 did not live up to the previous movie. Marvel could have called it quits on the MCU, but they kept with it, and then along came Thor, and Captain America and the MCU became a behemoth. So much so that they eclipsed everything DC had ever done. I think the MCU is still in good hands. Kevin Feige has shown he can bring his vision to life, and he definitely has one for where the MCU is currently headed.
The Eternals was never going to replace The Avengers, either as a single movie or a basis for the MCU. If that were Feige’s intention, there would have been much more of a slow burn getting there. The slow burn we are seeing for me, as a decades long reader of Marvel comics all points to the Fantastic Four as being the new focus for the MCU. I think Feige can pull it off, and I am as excited for what the MCU has in store as ever. Meanwhile, DC is floundering with their movies, and can’t seem to pull together a vision for a shared universe. They have had a few notable successes with Aquaman, Wonder Woman, and Shazam, but they could not pull it together long enough to release a good Justice League movie. The Snyder Cut showed that the pieces were there, but no one had the vision to follow through with it.
TV shows have just as storied of a past, but suffice to say that the Disney+ shows are light years ahead of anything the Berlantiverse thought it could be. They also seem to have squandered the potential of the HBO Max shows, Titans and Doom Patrol (Doom Patrol is awesome, btw). Their failure to spin off a new shared universe from those shows is really going to hurt their TV potential.