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Dick Tracy (1990) The Rocketeer (1991)

The Shadow (1994)

The Phantom (1996)
Superhero films following up on the success of Tim Burton's Batman. Each similarly using a 1930's/40's retro/noir aesthetic and pulp feel. All based on a classic/established hero. All being released within only a few years of each other. However it is notable that Dick Tracy is an exception in how it was in development before Batman came out even though it was released later. However it is notable that they did try to copy the success of Burton's film's marketing campaign. Three of the characters were based upon actual pulp fiction from the era they are set it, the exception being The Rocketeer which was created in the 1980s as a throwback to such stories. Dick Tracy and The Rocketeer both did general well with critics, the former doing marginally better in that category. The Shadow and The Phantom both received mixed-to-negative reviews from that group. Whilst Dick Tracy made the most money at the box office it still wasn't considered a groundbreaking success but ultimately was the only one that didn't lose out. Largely due to how much they spent on the aggressive advertising campaign for the film. The other three films either flopped or bombed financially. All four being quickly forgotten by the mass audience. However each film has managed to gain and sustain a strong cult following, with The Rocketeer getting a sequel announced in 2016.
Spawn (1997) Mortal Kombat: Annihilation (1997) Two dark fantasy hero action films from New Line Cinema that involve gods and Hell. Spawn is adapted from Todd McFarlane's comic book and follows the man, played by Michael Jai White, as he is killed, turned into Hellspawn, and sent back to Earth with the obese Violater, played by John Leguizamo. MKA is the sequel to the original 1995 movie and continues Earthrealm's struggle against Outworld, with Shao Kahn now leading the charge himself in the wake of Shang Tsung's death. A major connection in this duel is Michael Jai White was offered a chance to play Jackson "Jax" Briggs in MKA, which replaced virtually its entire crew, but turned it down for Spawn; he would go on to play Jax in several web videos in The New 10's. Both films were disemboweled by critics and did severe damage to the movie business; for MKA, it was K.O.ed by both Video Game Movies Suck and Sequelitis in addition to only performing less than half as well financially compared to the original and being practically disowned by series creator Ed Boon, spelling "Game Over" for the intended film series and virtually the entire cast and crew outside of a few survivors. Spawn also wrecked several careers such as the director's (who didn't direct any kind of movie again for 7 years and his movies since are family-friendly TV movies), made it clear that Michael Jai White would have suffered a setback to his career regardless of which film he picked to star in, and was one of three comic book films in 1997 (DC's Batman & Robin and Steel are the others) that nearly shut the cover on the comic book movie until Marvel began making their own movies in the genre; it would take until 2016's Deadpool for any ideas of super-bloody/R-rated superhero movies to come back from the NetherRealm. Spawn does win, however, on being a financial success, plus Roger Ebert gave it a high rating in his review.
Mystery Men (1999) The Specials (2000) Semi-deconstructive parodies about loser/inept/oddly-abled underdog superheroes.   Probably Mystery Men because it seems better-known and had that whole Smash Mouth tie-in; both movies have their moments, though.
Daredevil (2003) Hulk (2003) 2003 superhero films. The main contenders here are both origin stories for Marvel superheroes making their theatrical debut. While both films had started production by the time Sam Raimi's Spider-Man came out, its success and popularity is often attributed to having influenced how these films were perceived. Both were intended to be darker and more psychological films, though Daredevil wound up getting cut down and edited on the mandate of Avi Arad in order to try and make it feel more like Spider-Man which most will agree was to its detriment. Hulk was not altered in such a way, but many theorize that the general audience had a hard time gravitating to its darker tone and psychological approach because of it. Both films opened up well, but by the second weekend each of their box office intakes dropped staggeringly, and on the whole received mixed reviews. Both films, fairly or not, have often been given derision, sometimes showing up on "Worst Superhero Movies" lists, but they each do have staunch defenders. Daredevil especially got a better reputation after receiving a widely-considered-superior Director's Cut on home video. Financially speaking, Hulk made more at the box office, though it had a larger budget to begin with. Both were intended to start a franchise; however, their sequels were put into limbo and never really happened. The Incredible Hulk was originally intended to be a sequel of some kind, but was eventually rewritten by Edward Norton to disregard Ang Lee's film. Whilst Daredevil never got a true sequel, one of the film's major characters, Elektra, got a loose spin-off film, which was even less successful than Daredevil, bombing at the box office; this skewered the film series after just two films and eventually led to Fox failing to keep the Daredevil film rights from falling back into Disney and Marvel's clutches. Marvel then rebooted it without outside help. Ultimately, both films lost to X2: X-Men United, which made far more at the box office and was well-received across the board.
Spider-Man 2 (2004) Catwoman (2004) (2004) One of the chapters in the Marvel vs DC rivalry, and the first serious one in cinema outside of the little-known Captain America (1990) movie. Spider-Man 2 is the sequel to the 2002 big-screen debut, and Peter Parker/Spider-Man now finds himself face to face with Doc Ock, who gets victimized in an explosion and becomes a mad scientist. Catwoman is even more crucial because it is DC Comics' first movie in 7 years after a double-whammy with Batman & Robin and Steel put them in time-out during the period in which Marvel moved into movie-making. This incarnation of Catwoman has nothing to do with the version seen in Batman Returns; the character is now named Patience instead of Selina Kyle, is played by Halle Berry, and is in a different setting; the only thing in common is the character does die temporarily, after which she goes up against her old boss as played by Sharon Stone, whose new cosmetic is turning people's faces to stone. Halle Berry backed out of the X-Men series by Fox/Marvel to go to DC and play Catwoman; she was also coming off of Monster's Ball and Die Another Day. Spider-Man 2 sucked the life out of Catwoman; it was a financial success and kept Marvel's streak going; a third film in the original Sam Raimi trilogy was created 3 years later. Catwoman joined Batman & Robin and Superman IV: The Quest for Peace as one of the most notorious comic book implosions in cinema history (it's also the only comic book movie that Roger Ebert put on his most hated list), which derailed an intended film franchise right away and sent Berry scurrying back to Fox/Marvel to rejoin the X-Men, but with a smaller paycheck and a host of Razzie Awards in hand, one of which made Catwoman the first of two superhero films to get the Worst Picture Razzie (Fant4stic would be the second). It also put down James Bond maker EON Productions' plans to make a spinoff of Die Another Day featuring her character from that movie (the Bond series was rebooted anyway thanks to that film getting some hard knocks and coming after the Austin Powers trilogy), and sent the career of director "Pitof" out the window (just FYI, the tie-in game was also derided, with X-Play's Adam Sessler calling it Prince of Persia if that game sucked). DC remained in the No. 2 position, but Batman Begins, which was their second film back, did save them from having to abandon the cinema business completely.
Sky High (2005) Zoom: Academy for Superheroes (2006) Kid superheroes learn to use their powers. While Sky High focuses on an entire school for superpowered teens, Zoom is simply about a former hero training four superpowered youths to defeat a great threat. Sky High made back over double its budget and earned favorable reviews, while Zoom flopped and earned Tim Allen a Razzie nom as well as being the final bomb that sent the career of director Peter Hewitt down in flames. In a way, it could also be considered a case of Taking You with Me; the failure of Zoom ended up killing the Superhero School genre in film, including any chance of Sky High getting its proposed sequels made.
The Dark Knight Trilogy (2005-2012) Iron Man film series (2008-2013) To summarize a few of the above entries, both are superhero franchises by Marvel and DC starring a gadget-using billionaire (Iron Man and Batman, respectively). Both franchises consist of a trilogy with a final installment where the hero ditches all his gadgets and decides to retire, to enjoy a peaceful life with his significant other. Also, although Batman was possibly DC's most famous hero to begin with, Iron Man was mostly a B-lister until his movies elevated him to near-Spider-Man status. The Dark Knight Trilogy wins as it is widely considered by many to be the greatest superhero series of all time, with all three films (particularly the second one) receiving critical acclaim. While the first and third Iron Man films also received acclaim—to say nothing of kick-starting the most financially successful franchise in all of film—the second one was significantly less praised. In regards to grosses, it's very close, but here, Batman edges out again. The Dark Knight Trilogy had a collective gross of $2.47 billion to the Iron Man trilogy's $2.42 billion, though the former's collective budget was also a bit higher.
X-Men: The Last Stand (2006) Superman Returns (2006) 2006 released superhero movies from a popular string of films. Ironically enough the director of Superman Returns Bryan Singer was the director of the first two X-Men films but jumped ship when he saw the chance to do a Superman film, as that was a character he had a fondness for long prior. Both films have had extremely mixed reviews from audiences, though many fans online claim them to be some of the worst, or at least most disappointing, comic book films. The Last Stand got mixed marginally skewed towards positive reviews from critics whilst Superman Returns interestingly enough had a generally positive response from critics. Financially speaking neither was a failure, but the gross for Returns was less than hoped for by the studio and The Last Stand wound up making twice as much at the box office. Superman Returns also failed to revive the franchise after a 19 year hiatus following the disastrous Superman IV: The Quest For Peace, and Warner/DC would have to reboot the series with The Man Of Steel 7 years later.
Iron Man (2008) The Dark Knight (2008)

The Green Hornet (2011)
Two movies that came out the same summer (and one that would have) in which, after traumatic events, wealthy sons become masked super heroes with pimped-out mechanical aids; they also have butlers and/or a leggy Sassy Secretary (well, two out of three) and a really Cool/Weaponized Car. The heroes pose as apathetic playboys who own their own corporations and have a close friend/business partner who is also a minority. Not only were Iron Man and The Dark Knight dueling movies, but they were also dueling between Marvel and DC respectively during their release in 2008. Green Hornet, on the other hand, was pushed back to January 2011 due to the studio converting to 3-D. Both Iron Man and Dark Knight received huge critical acclaim and did great at the box office, but The Dark Knight wins on a slight edge. Iron Man got a sequel sooner, but The Dark Knight did better critically and financially. And that's not to mention The Dark Knight winning the first ever acting Oscar for a Comic Book movie with Heath Ledger winning posthumously for his portrayal of The Joker. However, Iron Man launched the Marvel Cinematic Universe, which has made over $22 billion. With a "B." Green Hornet, when it finally was released, received mixed reviews and modest box office, which, in all fairness, is probably better than it would have done if it was released on time to compete with the other two.
Defendor (2009) Kick-Ass (2010)

Super (2010)
Three indie superhero movies about average people trying to become gadget-based, low-budget vigilantes and end up having brushes with local organized crime. The major difference definitely falls in the personalities of the superheroes. Kick-Ass is an average nerdy teen, while Defendor is a mentally-disturbed homeless man that has delusions of certain supervillains. Supers Crimson Bolt suffers similar deranged illusions, but is slightly more stable. Kick-Ass becomes more stylized as it goes along, while the other two have a more realistic look to them. This could be chalked up to budget differences, as Kick-Ass (while low budget by Hollywood standards) cost over ten times as much as either of the other two. Super received mixed reviews and was released only on select arthouse theater screens, limiting its mainstream marketability, but it was a success on VOD where it made a profit, eventually becoming a minor cult classic after its director made Guardians of the Galaxy. Defendor had a limited release and received positive reviews for the most part (more so than Super), but was kind of forgotten a bit after release except for major Woody Harrelson fans. Kick-Ass was the big winner, a commercial success that received mostly positive reviews (Roger Ebert didn't like it at all, but most others were kinder) and made stars out of Aaron Johnson and Chloë Moretz.
The Green Hornet (2011) Green Lantern (2011) Green-themed superheroes.

There would have been a third contender, Green Arrow: Escape From Super Max, but it got stuck in Development Hell.
One is based on a long-running second-tier (perhaps) DC icon, one is based on a cult TV show. Both had to correct for silly weaknesses (yellow and reliance on Bruce Lee, respectively). Cracked made a chart pointing out how similar the two movies were. In the end, Lantern got thrashed by critics and proved to be a total disaster at the box office for Warner Bros., who had banked on it being their big movie for the summer of 2011. It became an Old Shame for lead Ryan Reynolds, who, despite meeting his wife on-set, otherwise hated the production and made a pair of Take Thats to it in his next superhero adventure, Deadpool. It also subsequently zapped director Martin Campbell's career for 5 years before getting tapped for a Jackie Chan film that will reunite him with fellow Goldeneye alumni Pierce Brosnan. By contrast, Hornet got mixed reviews but made back its budget nearly twice over, so it looks to be the winner.
Thor (2011) Green Lantern (2011) Superhero movies with the involvement of forces from beyond our world, whether alien or divine. Another Marvel vs. DC duel. Thor got much better reviews, and performed better at the box office. Green Lantern became a stillborn attempt to launch the DC Cinematic Universe when it flopped critically and commercially. The star of that film, Ryan Reynolds, had already been a part of Marvel in a cameo as Deadpool, and when he returned to that role 5 years after this, he made an in-film Take That! to Green Lantern as part of his character's shtick (on the plus side, he did meet his future wife while filming Green Lantern, which he otherwise does not particularly care for). Martin Campbell of Goldeneye and Casino Royale (2006) didn't direct another cinematic film until working on another Pierce Brosnan film with Jackie Chan.
The Avengers (2012) The Dark Knight Rises (2012)

The Amazing Spider-Man (2012)
Superhero films released in 2012 and showcasing some of the biggest characters in Comic Books. The Avengers and The Dark Knight Rises are the culmination of their respective franchises spanning over several years. The Avengers is the climax of phase one of the Marvel Cinematic Universe (phase two launched with Iron Man 3, with more films to come), while The Dark Knight Rises is the definite end of Christopher Nolan's The Dark Knight Trilogy. The Amazing Spider-Man, meanwhile, is a reboot of the Spider-Man film series, and is part of a separate continuity from the MCU, what with it still being owned by Sony. The Avengers made $1.5 billion at the box office (it's the fifth-highest-grossing movie of all time) and a higher rating on Rotten Tomatoes, giving it the win. Rises is a close second, with $1.1B (17th-highest by gross), a higher rating on Metacritic, and a higher IMDB score. The Amazing Spider-Man was a clear third-place finisher, though it still did well with both critics and audiences, but its first sequel prematurely short-circuited the series and led to Spider-Man getting absorbed into the MCU.
The Dark Knight Rises (2012) Skyfall (2012)

Iron Man 3 (2013)
All of three of them are the third installments in their line of films, that center around a popular hero that is known for not having superpowers but using his skills, wits and technology in order to get by and combat his foes. All three of these stories have the hero torn down to his lowest and have to rise again from the ashes in order to combat a foe deeply rooted in his past.   All of them were huge successes. Each breaking a billion at the box office and getting glowing reviews from critics, as well as attaining popularity with audiences. Financially the order goes Iron Man 3 > Skyfall > The Dark Knight Rises. Critically however it would go Skyfall > The Dark Knight Rises > Iron Man 3. Dark Knight Rises and Iron Man 3 though have to varying degrees gotten more flack from fans than Skyfall online, particularly the latter for its treatment of a major character from the classic mythos.
Iron Man 3 (2013) Man of Steel (2013) Battle of the ferrous metal themed superhero franchises in 2013. Also, DC vs. Marvel, again. Iron Man 3 is the third in its series and features a new director at the helm. Man of Steel is a reboot of the Superman franchise, 7 years after Superman Returns, Directed by Zack Snyder and starring Henry Cavil in the title role. While both movies managed to split the fanbase in two Iron Man 3 was much more well-received by critics and grossed $1.2 billion in the box office, peaking at the tenth highest grossing movie of all time. Man Of Steel grossed over $600 million at the box office, so they were both successful. However, Iron Man 3 wins.
Captain America: The Winter Soldier (2014) The Amazing Spider-Man 2 (2014)

X-Men: Days of Future Past (2014)
It's 2012 all over again as Marvel Comics movies by three different studios (Disney, Sony and Fox respectively) compete for the 2014 summer box-office crown. Winter Soldier is part of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, and follows Captain America and his allies after the events of 2012's The Avengers. ASM2, meanwhile, is a direct sequel to 2012's The Amazing Spider-Man. DOFP follows from 2011's X-Men: First Class, which was praised for putting the franchise back on track, and follows characters from the original trilogy (including main character Wolverine) in a time-travel plot. Notably, the character Quicksilver appears both in DOFP and in The Stinger of Winter Soldier, in two separate incarnations. Both Winter Soldier and DOFP have received excellent reviews, while ASM2 got mixed reviews. In terms of box office, while it's a close race for all three, DOFP ranks first and Winter Soldier is a close second, with ASM2 as a slightly more distant third. Sony dropped out of the Marvel race after ASM2, instead joining Disney in the MCU. Fox would later quite literally join Disney after being bought-out by them.
Guardians of the Galaxy (2014) Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (2014) 2014, Round Two. Also, both movies revolve around some rather weird concepts (one has a trigger-happy talking space raccoon and a sort-of-talking tree; the other is about ninja mutant turtle teenagers). Turtles is the big-screen reboot of a franchise that's been around for thirty years, while Guardians is part of the Marvel Cinematic Universe but otherwise relative newcomers, with their comic book barely older than the MCU itself.note  Both took turns being the highest-grossing movie and both immediately on release got green-lit for sequels in a few years. However, Guardians got much better reviews and a larger gross overall, becoming the third-biggest movie of the year, even beating out the bigger names from earlier in the summer.
Ant-Man (2015) Fantastic Four (2015) 2015 Marvel Comics-based superhero movies with Troubled Productions Both movies had a lot riding on them. For Ant-Man, it was another untested Marvel franchise like Guardians of the Galaxy, and if it failed it would be the first major stumbling point for the Marvel Cinematic Universe. For Fantastic Four, it was more or less an attempt to keep the rights away from Marvel; failure could lead to Fox losing one of their two remaining comic franchises. Ant-Man by a long shot. While Ant-Man didn't have the same underdog power that Guardians did, it was still a money-maker for Marvel and it won over audiences that they hadn't expected — it actually did better than both Captain America's and Thor's first outings. Fantastic Four, however, crashed and burned at the box office in its opening weekend, losing to holdover Mission: Impossible: Rogue Nation and Ant-Man, and even more disconcertingly, the reviews for the movie placed its popularity in the same low category as earlier films Batman & Robin, Catwoman, Howard The Duck, and Superman IV: The Quest For Peace. As a result, Josh Trank, who had earned abysmal press with his Jerkass behavior during a very-badly done production schedule, may never direct another major film (the multiple Razzies Fant4stic "won" included Worst Picture, the second for a comic-book superhero film after Catwoman, and Worst Director for Trank). Ant-Man soon had a sequel announced, while the FF sequel plans were crushed when the original movie mutated Fox's quarterly results into a nightmare.
Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice (2016) Captain America: Civil War (2016) Installments to popular superhero franchises that feature a pair of their company's most well known characters, one who is a patriotic tried and true Boy Scout type and the other a wealthy man without superpowers but has his wits and technology, who are going head to head against each other. Both released in 2016. Each also introduced a prominent minority hero onto the big screen for the first time, who acted as a third party to the two established heroes (Wonder Woman for Dawn of Justice and Black Panther for Civil War). Once more, a lot of things are riding on these films. Dawn of Justice is Warner Bros.' first superheroes crossover and a huge step to further cement the DC Extended Universe after launching it in Man of Steel, and Civil War is the first Marvel Cinematic Universe installment to include Loads and Loads of Characters of the magnitude it's going for. Originally the films were going to open against each other directly, but DC lost their nerve and moved the release date of BvS up by a month. Civil War emerged as a clear winner. While Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice had a one month lead on Civil War, the movie was thrashed by critics and proved divisive with audiences, and while it ultimately grossed over $870 million dollars, it was seen as a disappointment. Civil War received a much more positive critic reception (90 percent on Rotten Tomatoes) and outgrossed Batman v Superman in less than three weeks, making over $1 billion in the end.
Captain America: Civil War (2016) X-Men: Apocalypse (2016) Two Marvel Comics adaptations made by different studios (Disney and Fox respectively) and being released around the same time (May 2016). Civil War is the third Captain America film in the Marvel Cinematic Universe and follows the titular conflict between Captain America and Iron Man over their opposing views on the regulation of superhero activity, while Apocalypse continues from Days of Future Past and involves the battle of the mutants against the titular villain. Several new characters are introduced for these films (Black Panther and Spider-Man for Civil War and the alternate timeline versions of Cyclops, Nightcrawler, Angel and several other mutants for Apocalypse). Civil War is the clear winner, being released a few weeks ahead of Apocalypse and achieving critical and commercial success (having a 90% rating on Rotten Tomatoes and making around $1 billion in less than a month). Apocalypse received mixed reviews from critics and audiences, with 48% and 68% ratings on Rotten Tomatoes respectively, and it bombed in the domestic box office. However, it was able to earn a decent profit worldwide (around $543 million on a budget of $178 million).
Deadpool (2016) (2016) Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice (2016) Winter 2016 released superhero movies in direct competition with not only each other, but also with Marvel Studios. While both films are in competition with Marvel Studios, both films show vastly different sides to the superhero genre. Deadpool, like Iron Man before it, has once again shown that superheroes can be bright, colorful, fun and, as an extra bonus, vulgar and bloody. Dawn of Justice, however, clings to the grim and gritty, dull-colored action that's been well-known in Warner Bros. stable since Tim Burton's first Batman film. Deadpool. While both movies proved to be record breakers, records do not make a good movie. Deadpool proved to be a critical and financial success as it was beloved by critics and fans with a Certified Fresh Rotten Tomatoes rating of 83%, made $260 million on a $58 million budget when it was released and ultimately making just over $750 million, making back its budget nearly 13 times over. Batman v Superman, however, was thrashed by critics and given a mixed reception by fans. While the film ultimately made over $870 million, it was seen as a disappointment as it did not reach the $1 billion Warner Brothers thought would just be a formality.
X-Men: Apocalypse (2016) Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows (2016) Another action team v. action team matchup, and the second one in a brutal slate for 2016. Apocalypse brings the cast of First Class and Days of Future Past back for a third outing and pits them against the titular Apocalypse. TMNT: Out of the Shadows is the sequel to the reboot from 2014, and has The Shredder escape jail and return. Casey Jones makes his debut in this Turtle continuity with this film. For Fox, this X-Men movie is coming off the heels of both Fant4stic and Deadpool (2016); the latter takes place in their cinematic X-Men universe and gave them a boost, but Fant4stic became one of the most notorious cinematic creations in history; if this film fails, it could put their entire separate Marvel universe in jeopardy. Apocalypse won the critical game, with a higher rating on Rotten Tomatoes (48%) than TMNT (36%) and had a good opening weekend, but neither film has really been all that well received by movie critics up to this point. As for box office, TMNT could not pull off any tricks thanks to being in the midst of one of the most competitive summer seasons in movie history, and it got overshadowed by X-Men and at least 3 other major blockbusters, including Legendary's Warcraft and Disney/Pixar's Finding Dory. It subsequently ended the rebooted film series after two movies (the violent executive shakeup at maker Viacom, which ended CEO Phillipe Dauman's career with the firm on acrimonious terms, didn't help).
Suicide Squad (2016) Doctor Strange (2016) DC Extended Universe vs Marvel Cinematic Universe. Live action adaptations of previously untested comic book properties. Both films were smaller in scale compared to the previous movie in their respective universe and featured a threat from another dimension seeking to destroy the Earth. Suicide Squad is a Lower-Deck Episode introducing a team of supervaillains that directly followed the events of Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice. Doctor Strange is a classic Superhero Origin story. Like Batman v. Superman before it, Suicide Squad experienced the mother of all critical backlash, and like previous MCU entries, Doctor Strange was well received. Suicide Squad won the box office match however, grossing more than Strange both domestically and worldwide. Suicide Squad also ended up winning an Oscar for Best Makeup the same year Doctor Strange was nominated for (and lost) Visual Effects. Audience reception leans more with the critics.
Power Rangers (2017) Spider-Man: Homecoming (2017) 2017 superhero films that feature teen heroes and channel the spirit of other teen flicks like The Breakfast Club. Also, both are Continuity Reboots after having prior films. Power Rangers went through an Adaptational Angst Upgrade compared to the original TV show, but ultimately didn't sacrifice the franchise's signature cheesy Camp. In contrast, Spider-Man's previous films already had their Angst Upgrade, and Homecoming pulls back from that angst to focus more on the Wake Up, Go to School, Save the World aspect. Spider-Man wins, being critically-acclaimed and grossing $250 million worldwide in its opening week and has since grossed $880 million worldwide. Power Rangers received only mixed reviews from critics (though audience reception is a bit better), and its financial gross is a respectable-but-not-great $140 million, low enough to put sequel plans in doubt.
Wonder Woman (2017) Spider-Man: Homecoming (2017) 2017 summer films centered on new incarnations of iconic superheroes that were introduced in ensemble movies (Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice for Wonder Woman and Captain America: Civil War for Spider-Man) in their respective movie universe in 2016. Plus, it's a Marvel vs DC match. Wonder Woman had to break the curse of financial and critical failure of female-led superhero films, and had to be less critically divisive than previous DCEU entries. Spider-Man Homecoming had to live up to the ground laid by the Sam Raimi films, be less divisive than the previous reboot, smoothly integrate Spidey in the MCU and overall defy reboot fatigue. Both films got rave reviews and were box office hits. On the box office side, Wonder Woman is the leggiest superhero film in years (much leggier than Homecoming), grossing over $412 million domestically and $820 million worldwide, while Homecoming's domestic gross was $330 million. However, Homecoming managed to outgross both Amazing Spider-Man films domestically and globally, cementing its successful reboot status, and outgrossed Wonder Woman globally with $875+ million.note 
Spider-Man: Homecoming (2017) and Spider-Man: Far From Home (2019) Venom (2018), with Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse (2018) as an outlier. War of the Spider-Men: The Marvel Cinematic Universe collaboration with Marvel Studios vs. a villain-based spinoff. Both are produced by Sony, but fans view them as rivals even if Sony doesn't. Into the Spider-Verse is on the sidelines as a third unconnected Spider-Man movie, but so far has escaped a direct rivalry with the other two. Venom is a divorced installment with all connections to Spider-Man cut out. Regardless, Sony wants it to be considered part of the MCU, but Marvel is distancing itself. Into the Spider-Verse, on the other hand, was never intended to be in the same continuity as either. Both non-MCU movies have origins in the now-defunct The Amazing Spider-Man Series. Homecoming and Spider-Man's other MCU appearances were well-received by critics and audiences alike, while Venom's critical response has been mostly negative (some consider it So Bad, It's Good) but audiences are favorable towards it. Into the Spider-Verse was released to a positive critical response and had a successful box office run with many hailing it as the magnum opus of Sony Pictures Animation. It eventually went on to win an Oscar for Best Animated Film, one of the highest honors awarded to a movie based on superhero comics.
Thor: Ragnarok (2017) Justice League (2017) Marvel vs. DC again, with both movies released in November 2017 (3rd and 17th, respectively). Thor: Ragnarok is Thor's third feature film in the MCU and a Stealth Sequel to The Incredible Hulk as well, while Justice League is the DCEU's second ensemble film after Suicide Squad, and the first live-action film to feature the Justice League. Thor: Ragnarok. Ragnarok has received critical acclaim, with a 92% score on Rotten Tomatoes. Justice League received a mixed-to-negative critical reception, with a 40% score on the same site. In terms of earnings, Ragnarok made more in its opening weekend and ultimately grossed a worldwide total of $836 million in a month while Justice League made only $625 million in that same time frame (and due to its larger budget of $300 million vs Ragnarok's $180 million, it wound up a flop). In terms of audience reception, they fared more evenly, but Ragnarok still came out on top.
Venom (2018) Upgrade (2018) The films (both released in the fall of 2018) center on protagonists who share their body with an outsider conscience that gives them superpowers — at the price of making them lose control. The movies star similar-looking actors: Tom Hardy in Venom, and his Identical Stranger Logan Marshall-Green in Upgrade. Debatable. Both films made decent box office (in proportion to their budgets). Venom is more well-known, but Upgrade is critically acclaimed (whereas Venom received mostly negative reviews and is considered So Bad, It's Good).
Avengers: Infinity War (2018) Deadpool 2 (2018) Films based on Marvel Comics featuring Josh Brolin as the antagonist of both: Thanos in the former, Cable in the latter. It's even lampshaded in Deadpool 2. Released within weeks of one another, with Infinity War coming out first. In the latter's instance, it's following news of Disney's planned buyout of 20th Century Fox, which includes the X-Men Film Series (including Deadpool). It also follows controversy around Deadpool star T.J. Miller's offscreen behavior, which includes claims of sexual assault, transphobia, and calling in a fake bomb threat, causing Ryan Reynolds to state that Miller will not return for any hypothetical future films. Both films have been well-received, with Rotten Tomatoes scores of 83% and 82%, respectively. Deadpool 2 knocked Infinity War out of the #1 spot in the box office, though Infinity War was in its 4th week at the time and still ended up the highest-grossing film of 2018.
Captain Marvel (2019) SHAZAM! (2019) The Captain Marvel of Marvel Comics vs. the Captain Marvel of DC Comics in big-budget movies featuring Djimon Hounsou in the supporting cast set within their respective cinematic universes. Released within a month of each other, with Captain Marvel dropping first. SHAZAM! wins on the critical reception side, with 91% on Rotten Tomatoes, while Captain Marvel has 78%. Box office-wise, Captain Marvel wins as it manages to break a billion while SHAZAM! only topped out at around $362 million, though it's still a box office hit considering its lower budget. In terms of audience reception, SHAZAM! came out on top.
Captain Marvel (2019) Dark Phoenix (2019) Movies based on Marvel Comics characters released in the first half of 2019, both have space elements, powerful female protagonists, and a 90s setting. Dark Phoenix is coming off the heels of Disney's buyout of 20th Century Fox, who've owned the X-Men film rights for decades. As such, Dark Phoenix may become the grand finale of Fox's long-running X-Men series, before the characters are rebooted in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Interestingly, the film's leading ladies were popularized in the comics by Chris Claremont, who gave them cosmic powers. Captain Marvel's heroine Carol Danvers also became an honorary X-Men in several of Claremont's runs. Captain Marvel by a landslide. The MCU movie ended up with a Rotten Tomatoes score of 78% while also grossing over $1 billion against a $152 million budget. In contrast, Dark Phoenix earned an underwhelming 23% Rotten Tomatoes score and lost anywhere from $100 million to $140 million for Fox, making it the least successful X-Men movie both critically and commercially. The failure of Dark Phoenix led Disney to cancel most of Fox's in-development films and the X-Men film series was put on ice, outside of spin-off The New Mutants
SHAZAM! (2019) Spider-Man: Far From Home (2019) A pair of movies starring the most kid-friendly superheroes of the DCEU and MCU, respectively. Both are absolute Nice Guys who can be quite goofy, and the youngest and most light-hearted hero of their respective universes.   Both movies received solid critical reviews with 90+% Rotten Tomatoes scores though SHAZAM! slightly edges out ahead. Far From Home however wins the box office with a global gross of over $1 billion whereas SHAZAM! only topped out at around $363 million, though it's still a decent box office hit considering its lower budget.
Black Widow (2021) Wonder Woman 1984 (2020) Yet another matchup between Marvel and DC featuring two of their most popular heroines: Black Widow and Wonder Woman. A Black Widow film project has been in development for years, while Wonder Woman 1984 is the highly anticipated sequel to its successful predecessor and was fast-tracked. Black Widow is scheduled for release 5 months after Wonder Woman. TBD.
Marvel Cinematic Universe (2008-present) DC Extended Universe (2013-present) Two shared superhero film universes of the two most popular superhero comic companies. . So far Marvel has been winning by a landslide critically and commercially. Critically, the 22 Marvel movies have an average Rotton Tomatoes score of 85%. The lowest rated of the films, The Incredible Hulk and Thor: The Dark World, have a shared rating of 67%. The films have made a combined world wide box office gross of over $22 billion dollars. Each Marvel film has made on average $981 million each. DCEU's films however have garnered a more mixed reception with an average rating of 57% on Rotten Tomatoes, with the lowest scoring film being Suicide Squad's 27% rating. DCEU's seven films has made a combined gross of about 5 billion dollars at the box office, with an average gross of $754 million. Since 2017, things have been improving for the DCEU, with Wonder Woman (2017), Aquaman (2018), and SHAZAM! (2019) receiving positive ratings on rotten tomatoes and become commercial successes.


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