In this blog, I will explain the main differences I see in both the DC and Marvel Universes. The main difference I see with the two universes is that the DC universes seems to have more of a “traditional” fantasy to it. While on the other hand, Marvel’s universe also has fantasy in it but is a lot more “real”.
In the DC universes, most heroes have extroardinary backgrounds and beginnings. For example, Superman is a Kryptonian, which is an alien race with powers. Or Wonder Woman, which is an Amazonian warrior, who stands for love, justice, and peace. And the Green Lantern, who gains his powers from a ring given to him by an Alien as well. Along with that, these heroes are usually seen as one-man armies in being compared to Marvel heroes. With the way they act and their personalities, most are seen as “goody-goody” which can be linked back to the “fantasy” of their universe. But the downside of this is that the readers cannot relate to them as well. With the powers, which can go back to the more “traditional” feel is that there powers are just “there” or without as a big explanation to how they work.
In the Marvel universe, most heroes have normal backgrounds. Like for example, Spiderman who started out as just a kid in school. Or the various mutants in X-Men, who were just normal people until they found out that they were different. But due to these normal starts, they seem to have more “real” human values. While they have these values they are not seen as “goody-goody”. A very good example is The Punisher, who had his start as just a man trying to avenge his slain family, but later turns into a vigilante that kills many of his enemies. The powers Marvel’s heroes seem to obtain are through a more “realistic” fantasy. Like for example with Spiderman, he obtained his powers through a radioactive spider. Or with Captain America who obtained his powers through a serum. Or even the various Mutants in the X-Men storylines, who obtained their powers through genetics.
I personally prefer the fantasy of the Marvel universe. This is because I like characters who have more real values, and realize their weaknesses, even though they have abilities and powers that normal humans do not.