Mark Millar is one of modern comics’ most popular writers, having worked on a bunch of books across Marvel, DC, Image and of course, his own Millarworld imprint. Having also seen his stories such as Kick-Ass, Wanted and Kingsman head to the big screen, he knows a thing or two about cinema, and he’s now revealed why the Marvel Cinematic Universe is better than its DC counterpart — at least in his opinion.
Millar revealed that Marvel Studios has the one-up on Warner Bros.’ DC Extended Universe simply because the former develops the human character, and doesn’t just focus on the powered-up superhero.
“And I say [that] as a massive DC fan who much prefers their characters to Marvel’s. Superman, Batman and Wonder Woman are some of my favorites but I think these characters, with the exception of Batman, they aren’t based around their secret identity. They are based around their super power,” he said.
“Whereas the Marvel characters tend to be based around the personality of Matt Murdock or Peter Parker or the individual X-Men, it’s all about the character,” he added. Millar’s work on the Ultimates and Civil War comics heavily influenced the Marvel Cinematic Universe’s path with the Avengers, but he’s also written Superman and Justice League books at DC. Thus, his words do hold water and are seemingly justified with Black Panther’s growing success putting Justice League even further in the shade.
“People will slam me for this but I think the evidence is there. We’ve seen great directors, great writers and great actors, tonnes of money thrown at them, but these films aren’t working. I think they are all too far away from when they were created. Something feels a little old about them, kids look at these characters and they don’t feel that cool. Even Superman, I love Superman, but he belongs to an America that doesn’t exist anymore. He represents 20th Century America and I think he peaked then.”
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