Marvel Studios and Warner Bros.’ DC arrived at San Diego Comic-Con as the two most anticipated movie panels. Both superhero franchises entertained fans with new trailers and upcoming projects.
This year superhero-versus-superhero films have been all over the cinematic world, but the real fight behind Captain America: Civil War and Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice is the eternal Marvel v DC standoff, with fans choosing sides between The Avengers or the Justice League.
While DC is only beginning to connect the dots for their DC Extended Universe (DCEU), Marvel has already entered in Phase Three of their Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU).
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During Warner Bros. presentation of DC movies at the San Diego Comic-Con, the studio released the first trailer for the Wonder Woman film due to come out next year, and a surprise Justice League teaser, which only started shooting in last April. Both videos are available online, along with Suicide Squad’s latest teaser.
Chris Pine appeared as World War I pilot Steve Trevor in the culture-clash centered trailer with Gael Gadot (Wonder Woman), while Ben Affleck’s Batman and Ezra Miller’s Flash were the standouts in the Justice League teaser.
Marvel, meanwhile, released the new Doctor Strange trailer and later posted it online. The studio also showed a key sequence from the film where Benedict Cumberbatch’s title character meets the Ancient One (Tilda Swinton), in what was a Comic-Con exclusive. In other words, fans who didn’t go to San Diego will have to wait until the movie is released to see that scene.
MCU gave fans teasers from Thor: Ragnarok and Spider-Man: Homecoming as well. Ragnarok will mark the return of both Thor and Hulk, who were absent in Civil War. But the highlight of the night was Marvel’s tease of Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2.
Marvel Cinematic Universe versus…
The Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) is the superhero series produced by Marvel Studios and based on characters from Marvel Comics. The franchise includes comic books, short films, and television series.
The first movie shown in the MCU was Iron Man in 2008, which began the first phase of films culminating in the crossover film Marvel’s The Avengers in 2012. Phase Two began with Iron Man 3 in 2013 and concluded with Ant-Man in 2015.
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The universe is currently in Phase Three after the release of Captain America: Civil War in 2016. Films set to follow are Doctor Strange in 2016, Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2, Spider-Man: Homecoming, and Thor: Ragnarok in 2017. Also Black Panther, Avengers: Infinity War – Part 1, and Ant-Man and the Wasp in 2018, with Captain Marvel and Avengers: Infinity War – Part 2 being Phase 3 finale.
Marvel Television later expanded the MCU with Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. and Marvel’s Agent Carter. TV series for Daredevil, Jessica Jones, Iron Fist, and Luke Cage, were later announced to lead up to a miniseries based on The Defenders. Marvel’s Cloak and Dagger, Marvel’s The Punisher, and Marvel’s Damage Control are next in line.
DC Extended Universe
The DC Extended Universe (DCEU) is the superhero film series distributed by Warner Bros. and produced by DC Films, based on characters from DC Comics. The timeline begins with the Man of Steel movie in 2013, and then, Batman Vs. Superman continued it.
The next release will be Suicide Squad in 2016, followed by Wonder Woman and Justice League, both scheduled for 2017. Other upcoming films include The Flash and Aquaman in 2018, Shazam and a Justice League sequel in 2019, with Cyborg and Green Lantern Corps hitting theaters in 2020.