With the rise of separate cinematic universes (ran by the two biggest comic book publishers in the world), many people have felt the need to choose a side and determine which one is better. Naturally, in a world full of people with different tastes, perspectives, and ideas of what a “good film” is, we have no clear answer. The MCU and DCEU have been warring ever since Man of Steel came out, and that trend isn’t looking to stop anytime soon. November 2017 will see the release of Thor: Ragnarok and Justice League just weeks apart from each other.
People who love watching films are going to end up having to choose between Marvel and DC in these situations. As this conflict expands, so do the memes that reference them. As anything becomes popular, there are some joke artists out there who will craft a meme that makes a stab at it. The same can be said with the MCU and DCEU, but because there is no clear winner in this conflict, there are memes that lean to both sides by throwing brutal punches at each other. We’ve collected 15 great examples of brutal memes that deal with the feud between the MCU and DCEU.
15. THE PAINFUL TRUTH
Marvel and DC are both home to some powerful assassins that have given our favorite heroes a run for their money. On the Marvel side of things, we have Crossbones, who was the man responsible for assassinating Captain America after the end of “Civil War”. However, in the movie based on that comic, Crossbones was merely in it just to provide the setting for the Sokovia Accords.
DC has the use of KGBeast, who was featured in Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice. While he wasn’t anything close to his appearance or gear in the comics, he did prove to be a greater problem for our heroes than Crossbones ever was. The movie might’ve done a severe injustice to Jimmy Olsen, but in terms of KGBeast, they treated him better than Marvel treated Crossbones.
14. IT’D BE A LITTLE OUT OF ORDER
It’s important that we preface this meme by saying that we understand that the comparison isn’t exactly fair or similar. It’s merely there for comedic purposes. That having been said, it seems that the executives at Warner Bros wanted to get ready to launch their universe with the big guns by bringing in Superman, Batman, Wonder Woman, Doomsday, and Lex Luthor into only their second film. Then they continued with another team-up of only villains.
This meme makes a witty comparison to Marvel, saying if they did it the way that DC did, then we would’ve started with Iron Man then went straight into Captain America: Civil War. After that, we would go on a journey into the cosmos with the Guardians of the Galaxy movie.
13. THE DICHOTOMY IS REAL
After Batman V Superman came out, the bit about Batman being triggered over the use of his mother’s name was so laughable that it became only of the most popular memes on the internet. When Captain America: Civil War came out, it was thought that those memes might continue, but that wasn’t necessarily the case. The latter actually brought grounds to create even more descriptive memes that related to Batman’s and Superman’s mothers.
This meme, for example, states why Batman and Superman ended up settling their differences and Captain America and Iron Man ended up fighting. Apparently, it was because the first two had mothers who shared the same name while the latter two had mothers with different names. Clearly, having different mother’s names is grounds for conflict.
12. YOU DONE GOOFED
When it comes to Captain America: Civil War and Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice, both of the villains (Zemo and Lex Luthor) had very similar plans when it came to dividing the heroes. However, after a careful examination of how those movies ended and how they impacted their respective universes, an interesting conclusion was reached.
As this meme points out, Zemo may have been placed in prison, but it all ended with Iron Man and Cap remaining divided and some of the Avengers being off the grid. On the other side, Lex Luthor ended up creating the Justice League by having an email conveniently with their logos. He actually inadvertently helped bring together the Holy Trinity and, by extension, the rest of the League.
11. ANYTHING’S POSSIBLE
It’s shocking to believe that until 2017, we never had a feature-length Wonder Woman film. There were times when DC said this was because the world wasn’t ready for a movie starring Diana Prince. As a matter of fact, there were several attempts to bring her to the big screen, but each one fell through until Patty Jenkins took on the mantle.
Meanwhile, at Marvel Studios, they were willing to pull from their most obscure characters to create a film. In 2014, they had a movie that starred a talking raccoon and a sentient tree that could only speak three words. As we know, it would be three years before DC would pull through on a Wonder Woman movie. It just goes to show that anything’s possible in a film when it’s done well.
10. WHERE HAVE I HEARD THIS BEFORE?
In case you haven’t made the connection yet, there was a scene in Suicide Squad that flashed back to a moment shared between the villainous Harley Quinn and her main squeeze, The Joker. There were people stating that they were the king and queen, and that anybody who disrespected the queen would get a severe punishment for doing just that.
However, if this line of dialogue was placed over into the MCU, one great meme has pinpointed exactly which couple it would completely relate to. Clearly, the duo of Steve Rogers and Bucky Barnes are the King and Queen of Brooklyn. May God help anyone who disrespected the Queen too, as Captain America was willing to go to great lengths to protect Bucky from incarceration and death.
9. FALSE ALARM
The MCU barreled onward through the box office and into the mainstream conscious of the public without much competition for several years. Then it came time for DC to hit the ground running and everyone started to hedge just a little bit. Then they announced their slate of movies they were planning, including the likes of Wonder Woman, Aquaman, and even the Flash (all of which who have not yet starred in a film before this).
This meme plays around with that concept by showing Spider-Man and few others looking on as the DCEU’s movie slate comes running toward them. When he sees them, he, fearfully states, “They’re not stopping!” Then, Batman V Superman falls to the ground in disappointment, and Spider-Man shrugs it off with a coy, “Never mind.”
8. DOUBLE STANDARD MUCH?
Before we continue, let’s be clear: we do not personally agree with this meme that DC fanboys want everything to be comic book accurate. There’s no way to prove that and it’s not something that we’ve witnessed ourselves. That being said, it’s a funny thing to imagine, as it’s a bit of logic and reasoning that doesn’t add up.
This meme states that, for the DC fanboys who think that everything should be comic book accurate, they should look at the movies that have come out, using the example of Doomsday in Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice. After all, he didn’t look much like his comic book counterpart. As a matter of fact, he looked more like the cave troll from The Lord of the Rings.
7. NOT AN ACCURATE JUDGMENT
It’s interesting to note that a lot of the debate between which movie is better deals with how much money they made at the box office (not really a fair argument to boot). With a lot of big budget comic book films, companies will make their budget back and then some simply for the use of recognized properties alone.
This meme, however, points out a lot of the inaccurate judgment involved in labeling a movie a box office “flop” or “success.” By pointing out a lot of superhero movies that came out in the past, like The Amazing Spider-Man and X-Men: Days of Future Past, which were labeled “successes,” we then move over to Batman V Superman. That film made more than the other “successes” mentioned above, but some have regarded it as a flop. Good thing we have Henry Cavill to conceptualize our reactions.
6. BATTEN DOWN THE HATCHES
Lex Luthor had a very interesting take on the clash between Batman and Superman in Dawn of Justice. By going on a long spiel about dark vs night, he ended his little rant by saying “the red capes are coming.” While cryptic and political, it set up the coming conflict that was going to ensue later on in the movie.
This meme shows us that this speech also applies to the conflict between the MCU and DCEU respectively. By comparing them to “light and dark,” and, “day and night,” we get a clear picture of the battle that is about to ensue between the two franchises. Then he ends his little speech with “the fanboys are coming.” Out of this entire meme, that last line holds the most truth.
5. I’M DESPERATE
Kevin Feige is often cited as the person who built the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Whether that’s true or not, he’s had a big hand in creating their roadmap as well as many of the films that have come about. He and his studio popularized the idea of a connected movie universe, and a lot of studios have tried to replicate it many times (for better or worse).
Of course, with that fact, we get hilarious memes like the one shown above. Kevin Feige states how he successfully created a cinematic universe and then Zack Snyder comes into the picture. Being pasted over Doctor Strange saying “teach me,” Snyder is trying to learn the way of the master in crafting a cinematic universe. Needless to say, many people aren’t satisfied with his work.
4. GET WRECKED
One of the best moments for people to get excited for Spider-Man: Homecoming was when Tom Holland and Zendaya were locked in a lip sync battle. Long story short, it ended up with this meme that involved other people getting interrupted in the most brutal and savage ways you can imagine.
Take this meme for example. Captain America and Iron Man are going at it, when they are interrupted with the now classic, “Imma let you finish, but…” This time, reference is made to Batman having the best movies of all time. In that moment, Cap and Iron Man set aside their differences to look toward their common foe. Could you imagine a much different kind of Civil War based on this love of Batman movies?
3. WORLDS APART
When it comes to comic books, aliens are always going to be a problem. Carrying them over into the movie adaptations is simply a common progression. However, when it comes to the MCU and the DCEU, they portray them very differently. The Avengers brought the Chitauri to New York. Instead of being horribly frightening, they were mindless soldiers who went out very easily and couldn’t take bullets.
Moving over to Man of Steel, a very different story is being told. Faora and the rest of the Kryptonians were nearly invincible adversaries. With their impressive strength, nobody except Superman himself could go against them. This meme shows us exactly what would happen if Black Widow were to fight the Kryptonians. In short, she lands herself in a coffin.
2. SO THAT’S WHAT IT MEANS
When DC started creating their empire of movies, people were wondering what they were going to call it. Some people were calling it the DCU, but as it turns out, the name (for the time being) ended up being the DCEU, which stands for DC Extended Universe. Needless to say, this confused a lot of people, as the title isn’t very concise, nor does it convey what it means.
That’s where we get Spongebob on the case. After asking why they call it the DCEU, he takes a quick gander at the Batman V Superman and Suicide Squad Extended Cut versions, and it all makes sense. The DC Extended Universe is going to have tons of extended versions of its movies! Now it all makes sense. Of course, we’re only joking.
1. THE POWER OF TRAILERS
2016 was a big year for comic book movies, and when it came time for DC and Marvel to showcase their big trailers, things were about to get real. Batman V Superman teased a bombastic film that contained Wonder Woman along with Batman and Superman. Then, Captain America: Civil War brought in the MCU’s version of Spider-Man.
However, despite the similarity of both reveals, the reaction to the trailers couldn’t have been more different. Many people who saw the former trailer were hateful of just about everything, from Batman using guns, to Wonder Woman’s costume. When Spider-Man was revealed, though, everyone went nuts because of the shot of him holding Captain America’s shield. Is it a double standard? Maybe.
Which of these memes do you think is the most savage? Let us know in the comments!
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