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 69 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 (mil)Adj. B.O. Worldwide (mil)Critic Audience RatingOscar Nom / WinUMR Score
The Dark Knight (2008) DCChristian Bale & Heath Ledger$642.50$1177.5091.50%08 / 0278.40
Guardians of the Galaxy (2014) MarvelChris Pratt & Zoe Saldana$352.80$799.0089.00%02 / 0073.63
Iron Man (2008) MarvelRobert Downey, Jr. & Jeff Bridges$383.60$687.4089.00%02 / 0073.63
The Avengers (2012) MarvelRobert Downey, Jr. & Samuel L. Jackson$677.40$1601.0088.67%01 / 0073.07
Spider-Man 2 (2004) MarvelTobey Maguire & Kirsten Dunst$520.40$1064.3085.00%03 / 0172.75
The Dark Knight Rises (2012) DCChristian Bale & Michael Caine$487.00$1148.2088.33%00 / 0072.52
Deadpool (2016) MarvelRyan Reynolds$363.10$783.1084.00%00 / 0072.35
Superman (1978) DCChristopher Reeve & Marlon Brando$543.40$1127.6083.50%03 / 0071.44
Logan (2017) MarvelHugh Jackman$226.30$616.3086.00%00 / 0071.42
X-Men: Days of Future Past (2014) MarvelJennifer Lawrence & Hugh Jackman$247.70$771.6084.50%01 / 0071.11
Captain America: Civil War (2016) MarvelChris Evans & Robert Downey, Jr.$408.10$1153.1085.00%00 / 0070.95
Wonder Woman (2017) DC - After 11 weeksGal Gadot & Chris Pine$401.10$796.1084.50%00 / 0070.71
Batman Begins (2005) DCChristian Bale & Liam Neeson$277.50$491.4083.50%01 / 0070.64
Captain America: The Winter Soldier (2014) MarvelChris Evans & Robert Redford$275.00$737.6083.50%01 / 0070.64
Spider-Man: Homecoming (2017) Marvel -After 6 weeksTom Holland & Robert Downey Jr.$302.10$679.1084.00%00 / 0070.48
Spider-Man (2002) MarvelTobey Maguire & Willem Dafoe$602.10$1194.6081.50%02 / 0070.10
X-Men United (2003) MarvelHugh Jackman & Halle Berry$308.30$570.3083.00%00 / 0070.01
Guardians of the Galaxy Volume 2 (2017) Marvel - After 15 WeeksChris Pratt & Kurt Russell$388.70$861.7082.50%00 / 0069.78
Doctor Strange (2016) MarvelBenedict Cumberbatch$232.60$677.6081.00%01 / 0067.47
Iron Man 3 (2013) MarvelRobert Downey, Jr.$433.80$1257.3078.50%01 / 0068.29
Avengers: Age of Ultron (2015) MarvelMark Ruffalo & Scarlett Johansson$471.00$1404.8078.50%00 / 0067.89
X-Men (2000) MarvelHugh Jackman & Halle Berry$252.40$463.5078.00%00 / 0067.66
Superman II (1981) DCChristopher Reeve & Gene Hackman$346.00$705.2077.50%00 / 0067.42
Captain America: The First Avenger (2011) MarvelChris Evans & Tommy Lee Jones$192.70$391.8079.00%00 / 0067.03
Batman Returns (1992) DCMichael Keaton & Christopher Walken$339.40$542.4074.00%02 / 0066.58
Batman (1989) DCMichael Keaton & Jack Nicholson$547.30$873.1073.50%01 / 0166.54
Thor (2011) MarvelChris Hemsworth & Natalie Portman$197.50$477.3076.00%00 / 0066.34
The Amazing Spider-Man (2012) MarvelAndrew Garfield & Emma Stone$284.70$796.8075.00%00 / 0066.25
Ant-Man (2015) MarvelPaul Rudd$184.90$519.1079.50%00 / 0066.10
Iron Man 2 (2010) MarvelRobert Downey, Jr. & Mickey Rourke$342.50$666.8073.33%01 / 0065.87
X-Men: First Class (2011) MarvelJames McAvoy & Jennifer Lawrence$159.70$375.6084.50%00 / 0064.67
Thor: The Dark World (2013) MarvelChris Hemsworth & Anthony Hopkins$219.60$668.4071.50%00 / 0064.60
Superman Returns (2006) DCKevin Spacey$263.00$500.8070.50%01 / 0064.54
Man of Steel (2013) DCHenry Cavill & Kevin Costner$306.10$670.9068.00%00 / 0062.96
The Amazing Spider-Man 2 (2014) MarvelAndrew Garfield & Emma Stone$214.80$731.1066.00%00 / 0062.02
Spider-Man 3 (2007) MarvelTobey Maguire & Kirsten Dunst$423.10$1091.8063.50%00 / 0060.84
X-Men: The Last Stand (2006) MarvelHugh Jackman & Halle Berry$308.10$588.6063.00%00 / 0060.61
The Incredible Hulk (2008) MarvelEdward Norton$162.40$309.2068.50%00 / 0057.56
Hulk (2003) MarvelEric Bana$189.60$343.3059.50%00 / 0057.40
X-Men Origins: Wolverine (2009) MarvelHugh Jackman$207.50$419.7052.00%00 / 0055.44
Batman Forever (1995) DCVal Kilmer & Drew Barrymore$365.90$652.5049.00%03 / 0055.23
The Wolverine (2013) MarvelHugh Jackman$141.00$302.6069.50%00 / 0054.81
Suicide Squad (2016) DC$325.10$746.1048.00%01 / 0154.56
Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice (2016) DCBen Affleck & Amy Adams$330.40$873.4049.00%00 / 0054.03
X-Men: Apocalypse (2016) MarvelMichael Fassbinder & Jennifer Lawrence$155.40$543.4060.50%00 / 0052.75
Watchmen (2009) DCMatthew Goode$124.00$208.5070.50%00 / 0052.74
Blade (1998) MarvelWesley Snipes$129.30$235.6062.50%00 / 0049.78
Blade II (2002) MarvelWesley Snipes$122.80$225.1062.50%00 / 0048.80
Fantastic Four (2005) Marvel$209.10$435.6037.00%00 / 0048.39
Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer (2007) MarvelChris Evans$165.90$353.8047.50%00 / 0048.20
Daredevil (2003) MarvelBen Affleck$147.10$250.5049.50%00 / 0046.32
Superman III (1983) DCChristopher Reeve & Richard Pryor$164.60$297.0035.50%00 / 0042.37
Batman and Robin (1997) DCGeorge Clooney & Arnold Schwarzenegger$202.30$437.4024.00%00 / 0042.28
Ghost Rider (2007) MarvelNicolas Cage$145.60$280.2039.50%00 / 0041.40
Green Lantern (2011) DCRyan Reynolds$127.20$233.6045.00%00 / 0041.23
Batman the Movie (1966) DCAdam WEst$33.40$32.6072.50%00 / 0039.25
Blade: Trinity (2004) Ryan ReynoldsWesley Snipes & Ryan Reynolds$73.00$174.8042.00%00 / 0031.19
Swamp Thing (1982) DCLouis Jourdan$18.90$18.4056.50%00 / 0029.49
The Punisher (2004) MarvelJohn Travolta$47.10$74.6046.50%00 / 0029.42
Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance (2012) MarvelNicolas Cage$56.30$139.9034.50%00 / 0024.99
Punisher: War Zone (2008) MarvelRay Stevenson$9.70$12.0043.00%00 / 0021.78
Fantastic Four (2015) MarvelMiles Teller$57.60$168.2024.50%00 / 0020.65
Howard the Duck (1986) MarvelTim Robbins$38.00$85.9029.00%00 / 0019.66
Elektra (2005) MarvelJennifer Garner$33.00$74.4029.00%00 / 0018.78
Catwoman (2004) DCHalle Berry & Sharon Stone$56.00$111.1021.00%00 / 0018.60
Supergirl (1984) DCHelen Slater & Peter Otoole$36.80$66.2025.00%00 / 0017.45
Superman IV: The Quest for Peace (1987) DCChristopher Reeve & Gene Hackman$34.70$64.1022.00%00 / 0015.79
Jonah Hex (2010) DCJosh Brolin$11.60$11.3029.50%00 / 0015.74
Steel (1997) DCShaq & Judd Nelson$3.20$5.6019.50%00 / 009.66

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

  1. Fifty-five Marvel Movies vs DC Movies crossed the magical $100 million domestic gross mark.  That is a percentage of 79.71% of the movies listed. The Avengers (2012) is the biggest box office hit.
  2. An average Marvel Movies vs DC Moviesmovie grosses $243.70 million in adjusted box office gross.
  3. Using RottenTomatoes.com’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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135 thoughts on “Marvel Movies vs DC Movies

    1. Hey Andrew …..all of these grosses are adjusted using actual ticket sells and average ticket cost…..we find it easier to compare the movies when using ticket sells. Thanks for finding this page.

  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?)

    1. Hey Me…sadly budget costs never seem to be reliable. So we have not included them….but it would be awesome if we had those numbers. As for you question….I would think the answer would be Marvel…..as D.C. Has had way more financial bombs. But both are still sitting pretty.

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