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Why the MCU Thrived and the DCEU Didn't

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By Alex Parisi

The MCU has finished their 3rd phase last year with Avengers: Endgame. This movie marked the end of a 12 year saga following some of the world's most popular heroes. Heroes like Iron Man, Captain America, Thor, Black Widow, Hulk, and more all got plenty of time to shine on the big screen. Even when Marvel introduced Spider-Man to the MCU is was done in a patient, respectful, and fun way. With all the success of the MCU, you would think that DC's version would do just as well right?

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Well unfortunately, that isn't quite the case when it comes to the DCEU. In the early days of their on-screen shared universe, DC was doing very well with films like Man of Steel and Wonder Woman. However, the success of these movies could not save what was coming for the comic giant's silver screen world.

In this article, we will break down a few reasons why the DCEU failed to live up to the hype that the MCU paved the way for.

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One of the biggest reasons the DCEU did not work out as planned was due to the lack of patience. Just by looking at their movies released within the last decade, you can tell that they had a hard time putting the time in and trusting the process.

One of the reasons the MCU worked so well was because it spent plenty of time establishing its stars. Each hero got their own movie before the first Avengers film, aside from Hulk, Hawkeye, and Black Widow.

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Another big issue with the DCEU that goes hand in hand with the above reason, is that they reboot too often or too frequently. After pushing out the Justice League movie, which was critically received as a disaster, it was announced that Suicide Squad would be getting a remake, with some of the same cast returning but not all.

Couple this with the news that Joaquin Phoenix had a solo Joker movie coming out shortly after the newest iteration of the character, starring Jared Leto, had been seen for the first time. The new Joker movie was not tied to the DCEU, but it is still using a character from DC comics, which had just been seen on screen by a different actor less than 2 years prior.

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Alongside with the new Joker coming so soon after the last incarnation of the character, news broke that Batman would be getting his own brand new standalone film not starring Ben Affleck, the actor who had just portrayed him in Justice League.

The problem that the DCEU has is that they do not commit. They do not give their stars and movies time to breathe. They selfishly try to cash in on the superhero craze that the MCU so easily capitalized on due to their commitment to the characters and patience.

Hopefully the new Batman movie can kick off a new chapter in the DCEU, but only time will tell.

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