Marvel Movies vs DC Movies

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Want to know the best Marvel Movies and DC Movies?  How about the worst Marvel Movies and DC Movies?  Curious about Marvel Movies and DC Movies’ box office grosses or which Marvel Movies and DC Movies picked up the most Oscar® nominations? Need to know which Marvel Movies and DC Movies got the best reviews from critics and audiences…how about which ones got the worst reviews? Well you have come to the right place….because we have all of that information.

As a kid I remember always hearing about which comic book company was the best. Many of my friends were in the DC comic camp. Batman, Superman, Flash, Green Lantern and of course the classic Saturday morning cartoon, Justice League of America (1973-1986), were the strengths of their argument. My favorite superhero was Spider-Man, who was and still is one of Marvel comics most popular super heroes….so that put me in the less crowded camp of Marvel. As an adult the same argument seems to be still being asked…only now it is which comic company is bringing the best superhero movies to the big screen.

This Marvel Movies vs DC Movies page will look at the 67 DC/Marvel movies that have released in theaters and will be ranked by box office grosses, critical reception and award recognition. Also included in this page are 10 possibly interesting facts about DC/Marvel comics and movies. Finally there is a Marvel Movies vs DC Movies section that compares each companies average results.

Christopher Reeve's Superman is still standing tall in the rankings almost 40 years later.

Christopher Reeve’s Superman is still standing tall in the rankings almost 40 years later.

Marvel Movies vs DC Movies Can Be Ranked 7 Ways In This Table

The really cool thing about this table is that it is “user-sortable”. Rank the movies anyway you want.

  • Sort Marvel Movies vs DC Movies by either Marvel or DC.
  • Sort Marvel Movies vs DC Movies by adjusted domestic box office grosses using current movie ticket cost
  • Sort Marvel Movies vs DC Movies by adjusted worldwide box office grosses using current movie ticket cost
  • Sort Marvel Movies vs DC Movies by worldwide yearly box office rank
  • Sort Marvel Movies vs DC Movies how they were received by critics and audiences.  60% rating or higher should indicate a good movie
  • Sort by how many Oscar® nominations and how many Oscar® wins each Marvel Movie and DC Movie received.
  • Sort Marvel Movies vs DC Movies by Ultimate Movie Rankings (UMR) Score.  UMR Score puts box office, reviews and awards into a mathematical equation and gives each movie a score.
  • Use the sort and search buttons to make this page very interactive.  Also please note that a movie maxes out in the box office grosses category when it reaches $200 million in adjusted domestic box office gross.
RankMovie (Year) & DC or MarvelUMR Co-Star LinksAdj. B.O. Domestic (mils.)Adj. B.O. Worldwide (mils.)Worldwide B.O. Rank By YearCritic Audience RatingOscar Nom / WinUMR Score
The Dark Knight (2008) DCChristian Bale & Heath Ledger$626.20$1177.601st of 200891.5%08 / 0285
Guardians of the Galaxy (2014) MarvelChris Pratt & Zoe Saldana$343.80$799.103rd of 201489.0%02 / 0084
Iron Man (2008) MarvelRobert Downey, Jr. & Jeff Bridges$373.80$687.008th of 200889.0%02 / 0083
The Avengers (2012) MarvelRobert Downey, Jr. & Samuel L. Jackson$660.20$1600.901st of 201288.7%01 / 0082
Spider-Man 2 (2004) MarvelTobey Maguire & Kirsten Dunst$507.10$1064.703rd of 200485.0%03 / 0182
The Dark Knight Rises (2012) DCChristian Bale & Michael Caine$474.60$1148.202nd of 201288.3%00 / 0081
Captain America: Civil War (2016) MarvelChris Evans & Robert Downey, Jr.$406.95$1151.482nd of 201687.0%00 / 0081
Logan (2017)Hugh Jackman$224.56$605.22Too Soon For Ranking88.0%00 / 0081
X-Men: Days of Future Past (2014) MarvelJennifer Lawrence & Hugh Jackman$241.40$771.306th of 201485.5%01 / 0080
Superman (1978) DCChristopher Reeve & Marlon Brando$529.60$1260.301st of 197983.5%03 / 0080
Batman Begins (2005) DCChristian Bale & Liam Neeson$270.50$491.508th of 200583.5%01 / 0079
Captain America: The Winter Soldier (2014) MarvelChris Evans & Robert Redford$268.00$737.707th of 201483.5%01 / 0079
Deadpool (2016) MarvelRyan Reynolds$363.07$782.572nd of 201684.0%00 / 0079
Spider-Man (2002) MarvelTobey Maguire & Willem Dafoe$586.80$1194.503rd of 200281.5%02 / 0079
X-Men United (2003) MarvelHugh Jackman & Halle Berry$300.50$569.909th of 200383.0%00 / 0079
Doctor Strange (2016) MarvelBenedict Cumberbatch$232.52$675.909th of 201680.0%01 / 0079
Guardians of the Galaxy Volume 2 (2017) After 5 weeksChris Pratt & Kurt Russell$359.11$817.00Too Soon For Ranking83.0%00 / 0079
Wonder Woman (2017) After 2 weeksGal Gadot$205.15$412.22Too Soon For Ranking82.5%00 / 0079
Iron Man 3 (2013) MarvelRobert Downey, Jr.$422.70$1256.902nd of 201378.5%01 / 0079
Avengers: Age of Ultron (2015) MarvelMark Ruffalo & Scarlett Johansson$459.00$1404.403rd of 201578.5%00 / 0078
X-Men (2000) MarvelHugh Jackman & Halle Berry$246.00$463.709th of 200078.0%00 / 0078
Superman II (1981) DCChristopher Reeve & Gene Hackman$337.20$874.203rd of 198177.5%00 / 0078
Batman Returns (1992) DCMichael Keaton & Christopher Walken$330.80$542.103rd of 199274.0%02 / 0077
Batman (1989) DCMichael Keaton & Jack Nicholson$533.40$873.301st of 198973.5%01 / 0177
Captain America: The First Avenger (2011) MarvelChris Evans & Tommy Lee Jones$187.80$392.0018th of 201179.0%00 / 0077
The Amazing Spider-Man (2012) MarvelAndrew Garfield & Emma Stone$277.50$796.607th of 201275.0%00 / 0077
Iron Man 2 (2010) MarvelRobert Downey, Jr. & Mickey Rourke$333.80$666.807th of 201073.3%01 / 0076
Thor (2011) MarvelChris Hemsworth & Natalie Portman$192.40$477.1015th of 201176.0%00 / 0076
Ant-Man (2015) MarvelPaul Rudd$180.20$519.3014th of 201579.5%00 / 0076
Thor: The Dark World (2013) MarvelChris Hemsworth & Anthony Hopkins$214.00$668.5010th of 201371.5%00 / 0075
Superman Returns (2006) DCKevin Spacey$256.30$500.8010th of 200670.5%01 / 0075
X-Men: First Class (2011) MarvelJames McAvoy & Jennifer Lawrence$155.60$376.0019th of 201184.5%00 / 0075
Man of Steel (2013) DCHenry Cavill & Kevin Costner$298.30$671.009th of 201368.0%00 / 0073
The Amazing Spider-Man 2 (2014) MarvelAndrew Garfield & Emma Stone$209.30$730.9012th of 201466.0%00 / 0073
Spider-Man 3 (2007) MarvelTobey Maguire & Kirsten Dunst$412.30$1091.703rd of 200763.5%00 / 0072
X-Men: The Last Stand (2006) MarvelHugh Jackman & Halle Berry$300.30$588.407th of 200663.0%00 / 0072
Suicide Squad (2016) DCWill Smith$325.10$745.608th of 201651.5%01 / 0171
The Incredible Hulk (2008) MarvelEdward Norton$158.30$309.4021st of 200868.5%00 / 0070
Hulk (2003) MarvelEric Bana$184.80$343.1015th of 200359.5%00 / 0070
X-Men Origins: Wolverine (2009) MarvelHugh Jackman$202.20$419.8015th of 200952.0%00 / 0069
Batman Forever (1995) DCVal Kilmer & Drew Barrymore$356.60$652.502nd of 199549.0%03 / 0068
Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice (2016) DCBen Affleck & Amy Adams$330.36$872.666th of 201650.0%00 / 0068
Apocalypse (2016) Marvel
Jennifer Lawrence & Michael $155.44$534.40Too Soon For Ranking60.5%00 / 0068
The Wolverine (2013) MarvelHugh Jackman$137.40$302.6015th of 201369.5%00 / 0068
Watchmen (2009) DCMatthew Goode$120.80$208.2033rd of 200970.5%00 / 0067
The Fantastic Four (2005) MarvelChris Evans$203.80$435.8011th of 200542.0%00 / 0066
Blade (1998) MarvelWesley Snipes$126.00$235.2030th of 199862.5%00 / 0065
Blade II (2002) MarvelWesley Snipes$119.70$225.1032nd of 200262.5%00 / 0064
Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer (2007) MarvelChris Evans$161.60$354.1017th of 200747.5%00 / 0065
Daredevil (2003) MarvelBen Affleck$143.40$250.4029th of 200349.5%00 / 0062
Batman and Robin (1997) DCGeorge Clooney & Arnold Schwarzenegger$197.10$437.6014th of 199724.0%00 / 0060
Superman III (1983) DCChristopher Reeve & Richard Pryor$160.40$296.8015th of 198335.5%00 / 0060
Ghost Rider (2007) MarvelNicolas Cage$141.90$279.9023rd of 200739.5%00 / 0058
Green Lantern (2011) DCRyan Reynolds$124.00$233.5029th of 201145.0%00 / 0057
Batman the Movie (1966) DCAdam West$32.60$32.9048th of 196672.5%00 / 0055
Blade: Trinity (2004) MarvelWesley Snipes & Ryan Reynolds$71.10$174.5075th of 200442.0%00 / 0043
Swamp Thing (1982) DCLouis Jourdan$18.40$18.5081st of 198256.5%00 / 0040
The Punisher (2004) MarvelJohn Travolta$45.90$74.2083rd of 200446.5%00 / 0040
Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance (2012) MarvelNicolas Cage$54.80$139.9056th of 201234.5%00 / 0033
Punisher: War Zone (2008) MarvelRay Stevenson$9.50$11.80160th of 200843.0%00 / 0030
Fantastic Four (2015) MarvelMiles Teller$56.10$168.6052nd of 201524.5%00 / 0027
Howard the Duck (1986) MarvelTim Robbins$37.00$86.0032nd of 198629.0%00 / 0026
Elektra (2005) MarvelJennifer Garner$32.20$74.2078th of 200529.0%00 / 0025
Catwoman (2004) DCHalle Berry & Sharon Stone$54.60$111.3064th of 200421.0%00 / 0024
Supergirl (1984) DCHelen Slater & Peter Otoole$35.90$66.5066th of 198425.0%00 / 0023
Jonah Hex (2010) DCJosh Brolin$11.30$11.00152nd of 201029.5%00 / 0021
Superman IV: The Quest for Peace (1987) DCChristopher Reeve & Gene Hackman$33.80$64.0065th of 198722.0%00 / 0019
Steel (1997) DCShaq & Judd Nelson$3.10$5.90189th of 199719.5%00 / 009

Stats and Possibly Interesting Things From The Above Marvel Movies vs DC Movies Table

  1. Fifty Marvel Movies vs DC Movies crossed the magical $100 million domestic gross mark.  That is a percentage of 78.12% of the movies listed. The Avengers (2012) is the biggest box office hit.
  2. An average Marvel Movies vs DC Moviesmovie grosses $235.40 million in adjusted box office gross.
  3. Using’s 60% fresh meter.  39 Marvel and DC movies are rated as good movies…or 6093% of the movies listed.  The Dark Knight (2008) is the highest rated movie while Steel (1997) is the lowest rated movie.
  4. Sixteen Marvel Movies vs DC Movies received at least one Oscar® nomination in any category…..or 25.00% of the movies listed.
  5. Three Marvel Movies vs DC Movies won at least one Oscar® in any category…..or 4.68% of the movies listed.
  6. An average Ultimate Movie Rankings (UMR) is 60.00.  50 Marvel Movies vs DC Moviesmovies scored higher that average….or 78.12% of the movies listed.  The Dark Knight (2008) got the the highest UMR Score while Steel (1997) got the lowest UMR Score.
2014's Guardians of the Galaxy...yet another smash for Marvel Movies

2014’s Guardians of the Galaxy…yet another smash for Marvel Movies

Possibly Interesting Facts About Marvel Movies vs DC Movies

1. DC (Detective Comics) was formed in 1934. Marvel Comics was formed in 1939. Currently these two companies have a 80% share of the comic book market.

2. DC’s first big successes were when they introduced Superman in 1938 and Batman in 1939. Marvel’s first big successes were the introductions of the Fantastic Four in 1961, Spiderman in 1962 and the X-Men in 1963.

3. DC’s first superhero big screen adaptation was 1966’s Batman the Movie starring Adam West as Batman. Marvel’s first big screen movie was 1986’s Howard the Duck which was produced by George Lucas.

4. DC had the first big successes on the big screen. The Superman franchise that started in 1978 and their Batman franchise that started in 1989 became some of the biggest box office hits of all-time.. Marvel had to wait until 2002’s Spiderman before they got to experience the massive box office success that DC had been receiving.

5. Since 2002…..Marvel has become the king of the superhero box office…..although DC has the successful Christopher Nolan Batman trilogy in their corner….Marvel can boast the Iron Man franchise, The Avengers franchise, the Captain America franchise, the Thor franchise and X-Men franchise.

6. The summer of 2012 saw the release of two of the biggest hits of all-time. Marvel’s The Avengers became the 3rd biggest box office hit of all-time….only behind Titanic and Avatar…meanwhile DC’s The Dark Knight Rises became the 7th biggest box office hit of all-time. They combined to earn over 1 billion in North America and over 2.5 billion in worldwide box office gross.

7. No superhero movie has ever been nominated for a Best Picture Oscar® nomination……..there have been two superhero movies that have earned Worst Picture of the year awards…..1986’s Howard the Duck and 2004’s Catwoman.

8. Want to know how big Marvel movies have become? The Disney company bought the rights of the Marvel movies and other Marvel properties for 4.4 billion dollars in 2009.

Heath Ledger in DC's The Dark Knight (2008)

Heath Ledger in DC’s The Dark Knight (2008)

Marvel Movies vs DC Movies The Final Comparison

So far there have been 41 Marvel Movies.  34 have crossed the $100 million mark.  An average Marvel movie grosses $235.50 million in domestic box office (this will go up as Ultron grosses come in).  Marvel Movies have an average 66.10% critic/audience rating.  Marvel Movies have earned 14 Oscar® nominations…winning 1 Oscar®.

So far there have been 23 DC Movies.  16 have crossed the $100 million mark.  An average DC movie grosses $235.20 million in domestic box office.  DC Movies have an average 56.90% critic/audience rating. DC Movies have earned 19 Oscar® nominations…winning 3 Oscar®.

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  1. it would be great to include budgets so we could see what the profit margins were between the two big companies. Also who is ahead on total dollars? (total profits?)

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