Beard: Comic-Con adds fuel to fire between publishersWritten by Jim Beard | | firstname.lastname@example.org
The war between DC Comics and Marvel Comics flared up at this year’s Comic-Con International, scorching both companies and fans alike. With announcements flying fast and furious, one didn’t have to wait long for each parry and thrust as the two giants battled for supremacy at the world’s largest pop culture convention.
Marvel came out swingin’ even before the big show with big changes to their legendary characters – Thor’s a woman! Captain America’s black! Iron Man’s a walking iPod! – then trotted out the stars of the upcoming “Avengers: Age of Ultron” film as well as a few feet of fantastic footage. Not satisfied with simply relying on Earth’s Mightiest Heroes for buzz, an announcement of a sequel to the new “Guardians of the Galaxy” movie and a reveal of poster art for the still-in-preproduction “Ant-Man” feature sent Marvel zombies into spirals of delight.
DC wisely led with a one-two punch of Justice League proportions. Not only did they show off Ben Affleck’s Batman costume from their upcoming “Superman vs Batman: Dawn of Justice” and a new pic of the Ben in the same regalia, but also the first photo of actress Gal Godot as Wonder Woman from the aforementioned film. Twitter chirped tweet after tweet over the new take on the superheroine’s classic costume, with opinions split right down the middle on its Xena-like virtues.
Comic-Con has long been a venue for promoting the battle between the two leading comic book companies, a 50-year-plus clash that has obliterated friendships and brought fans to blows with every round of fisticuffs. DC and Marvel have long claimed that their rivalry is a friendly, amiable one, but when Facebook lights up with long and heated debates on who “won” at Comic-Con, you realize that no one informed the fans of the struggle’s happy-go-lucky nature.
No sign of diminishing warfare seems to loom on the horizon. With Marvel uprooting its entire comic book cast and locking down movie release dates for at-yet-unnamed films and DC conquering TV with superhero series and cramming every last character of theirs into “Superman vs Batman,” looks like the real winners are the fans…they just haven’t realized it yet.
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