So, I give you, my HIGHLY BIASED AND SUBJECTIVE VIEW OF THE DIVIDE BETWEEN DC AND MARVEL, NOT TAKING INTO ACCOUNT ALL CASES OR SPECIFICS, BASED ON SPECULATION AND MY OWN THOUGHTS.**
There is perhaps no better example of what DC does best than the Batwoman title. Similarly, Ms. Marvel exemplifies everything that Marvel stands for (though not as well as the X-Men—they’re tough to beat). And the two characters could not be more different.
It comes down to one basic thing. Cool vs. Relatable.
DC has a world of hyperbole. Evil twins, grand storylines, epic journeys, righteous heroes fighting for noble causes, and evil villains who’re just evil. It’s the world we wish we lived in. There’s not much moral ambiguity here. Superman is good. Lex Luthor is bad. Superman defeats Lex Luthor. Batwoman fights Alice, and when she discovers that Alice is her long lost twin sister, she decides to save her. But that doesn’t change what Alice has done. There is good, and there is evil, and it is very easy to tell the difference. Hot damn I wish I lived there. It’s all so simple and so fucking cool.
There’s room for both. I’d even go so far as to say there’s a need for both. Because as much as I grew up wanting to be Batman, the X-Men taught me how to belong. For every Batwoman showing us a world of evil twins and unbridled badassery, there should be a Ms. Marvel who kisses the wrong guy and can’t get along with her sidekick’s parents. We need the big stories, and we need heroes we can relate to as well.
I guess what I’m saying is, really, can’t we all just get along?
No. Because that would be boring.
**Haters gonna hate.