By Dan Aquino
Over the weekend geeks of all shapes and sizes descended upon San Diego to hear upcoming news on their favorite heroes. My friends and family always ask me why I want to go to the SDCC instead of just being happy about going to the Comic-Con in New York. This weekend is my answer to them with the unveiling of Marvels new Avengers movie and DC with their Superman/Batman live action cross over event. Now, we here at The Main Damie have already voiced our expert opinions on who should be next in line to don the cape and cowl, but I just wanted to give my insight on to what this means going forward for these titans of geekdom.
First off, Marvel seeks to continue its dominance over DC with the announcement of The Avengers: The Age of Ultron. This is going to be the ultimate test for Marvel in the year 2015 since it will be going up not only against a Batman/Superman movie, but also a new Star Wars film. The Avengers had the luxury of having relative weak competition in 2012 with the only real challenge being Christopher Nolan’s farewell to Batman in The Dark Knight Rises. This announcement was big in two ways; obviously hearing that Joss Whedon and his team have everything in order and are ready to roll is great news, but also the title gives away who the main villain will be. Many people, including yours truly, thought that the mad god Thanos would be the major villain in the next two Avengers installments, but Whedon is throwing us through a loop and having Ultron; an evil robot trying to destroy the super team and taking over the world. Now, I’m sure that Thanos will still be lurking in the shadows in this sequel, with rumors being he will be in the final show-down in the third installment, but seeing Whedon introducing a new villain is exciting and will only add to the already expanding Marvel Universe.
And now we move to the runt of the litter, I’m looking right at you DC. Historically DC has struggled with putting out quality movies, and in my opinion it’s because their characters just aren’t as interesting as Marvels. But DC has dropped the gloves and is going for Marvels throat with their announcement of a Superman/Batman movie. Following the success of Man of Steel, DC will attempt to piggy back off of it and hope to keep the momentum going. IF you haven’t seen Man of Steel I won’t ruin it for you, but Zach Snyder and Christopher Nolan pretty much laid the ground work for their own DC Universe to expand on, with a major hint being a satellite with the Wayne Enterprises logo on it. Many people thought that all the easter eggs in Man of Steel were DC’s way of getting things ready for a Justice League film to be done by 2015. But I like the direction where DC is going with their two biggest characters. Snyder has said that this big event will actually be a sequel to Man of Steel, so that means we will have Henry Cavil reprising his role as the last son of Krypton, but will leave us wondering who the next Batman will be. I think Snyder and Nolan did a great job with Man of Steel and The Dark Knight Trilogy respectively, and I also think DC is in good hands for the first time in a long time.
So there you have it folks, 2015 will be a monster year for comic book characters with The Avengers and a Batman/Superman movie, not to mention the beginning of a new Star Wars trilogy and the final installment of Peter Jackson’s The Hobbit. These movies are going to decide the fate of their respective franchises, and also more importantly, breathe new life into a genre that is on the verge of fading out.