The MCU Showed DC How To Fix 1 Superhero Problem That Sunk The DCEU

  • The DC Universe can learn from the success of the Marvel Cinematic Universe by making its films more lighthearted and relatable to viewers.
  • The MCU's relatability comes from subjecting its heroes to normal circumstances and allowing them to show their silly side, which helps viewers connect with them.
  • Marvel Studios has consistently introduced easily likable characters that fans can invest in because they are grounded and display human experiences and emotions. The DC Universe should strive for the same.
The Marvel Cinematic Universe has long fixed a big problem for the DC Universe that ended the DCEU. James Gunn and Peter Safran are gradually re-branding Warner Bros.' superhero franchise after years of struggle and scandals. There has been a lot of anticipation to see what the new DC Universe will be, considering Gunn's impressive work at Marvel Studios spearheading the Guardians of the Galaxy franchise. While he's expected to have a different approach in this fresh iteration of the universe, problems from the defunct DCEU continue to be a cause of concern for fans.
Just five years after the MCU was launched via Jon Favreau's Iron Man starring Robert Downey Jr., Warner Bros. followed Marvel Studios' suit by launching the DCEU with Zack Snyder's Man of Steel. Despite Christopher Nolan's The Dark Knight Trilogy, Snyder's franchise didn't have any narrative ties to Christian Bale's movies, debuting a different Batman in Ben Affleck. Sadly, although there was a lot of excitement surrounding Snyder's vision, its execution was mired with so many issues. One of the biggest criticisms that plagued the films was that the heroes were just difficult to relate to.
The MCU's Silliest Scenes Are The Easiest Way For DCEU To Fix Its Hero Relatability Problem One of the biggest differentiating elements between the MCU and the DCEU was that the latter was darker and more serious. It wasn't exactly a bad creative route since it offered comic book movie fans variety with the available content that they could enjoy. However, while many liked Snyder's grittier DC franchise, it was also criticized for being way too dark for the general viewers. It's uncertain what overall tone Gunn and Safran's DC Universe will have, but making it more lighthearted will not only address issues with how dark the DCEU was, but it will also resolve issues with their heroes being difficult to connect with.
Subjecting their heroes to normal circumstances and allowing them to act silly in these situations helped MCU characters to become easier to root for. Even having hilarious reactions to some of the most profound experiences allows viewers to share sentiments with the Avengers, even though no one from the audience really knows what it's like to fight a purple alien or meet an Asgardian god. A perfect example of this is when Iron Man compared Rocket Raccoon to a build-a-bear in Avengers: Endgame because the customizable stuff toy definitely resembles the cosmic hero. The Avengers' shawarma tag is also another great example of this.


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