I already know people will see this article and immediately think “what could Marvel possibly learn from DC Comics” this is simply because DC Comics is a mess, well… the live-action portion anyways. That’s not what I’m here to talk about.
What I want to know about is the animation side of Marvel in comparison to DC Comics. This is a major side that DC has had on lock for many years now with Marvel not even coming close to beating them, even with the recent releases of “What If…?” and “I am Groot”.
If Marvel was to take a page from DC Comics it would have to be this. Everyone knows Marvel has a stable universe that always crushes the box office no matter what the film is or if it’s bad like Love & Thunder, it still makes money. DC Doesn’t. DC is a mess and a lot of fans are turning away but one thing they’ve always done right was the animated universe they had.
It’s one major universe, all connected, and stable, and everyone played a part in it from heroes to villains. Marvel has never had this, yes, they’ve released some animated movies back in the day and more recently animated shows like “What If…?”. When I try to go back I can not watch the animated movies, they are horrible.
When I do the same with DC, I immediately want the next movie. They kill it each time with their stories. I think if Marvel was to begin an animated universe that allowed them to bring stories from comics to animated would be insane. It’s proven it works with DC.
DC has adapted many stories from the comics to animated movies, Hush, Flashpoint, Son of Batman, The Killing Joke, Suicide Squad, Teen Titans, and the big one, The Death of Superman. That movie translated so well in animated form. More recently they adapted Injustice.
Marvel has a long range of stories to tell and some that I and many hundreds of thousands of people would love to see in animated form, they could tell stories they wouldn’t touch in live-action. Civil War 1, Civil War 2, Old Man Logan, Old Man Hawkeye, The Punisher in War Machine armor, and many more.
They have the platform, they have the fanbase, and they have the stories, they just need to pull the trigger and give us a separate universe from the Marvel Cinematic Universe and develop a lot of these incredible stories to animated form. It would be insane and bring even more viewers to the platform.