Are Netflix and the CW Network the True Heroes of the DC and Marvel Universes?

Are Netflix and the CW Network the True Heroes of the DC and Marvel Universes?

Is Netflix to the Marvel Universe what the CW Network is to the DC Universe?

Two big questions I wanted to address in this article. What I realized is that there is a much deeper inquiry here that will eventually require many more articles and the assistance of Malice-Corps fellowship of nerds. CW’s volume of work provided far outweighs the Netflix and Marvel bromance. However, there is a case that could be made for quality over quantity. Particularly when it comes to Netflix’s meticulous attention to detail in their portrayals of Daredevil, Punisher, Jessica Jones, and Luke Cage.

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The CW’s DC Universe

By now, nerds everywhere know the efforts that CW has taken to bring the DC Universe to our television sets. Nerds are also familiar with the Marvel Universe brought to us by the good folks over at Netflix. So, my pondering brought me to one clear enigma to focus my thoughts upon. Are Netflix and the CW Network the true heroes of the DC and Marvel Universes?

To clarify for you, I am not asking if the CW’s Barry Allen is the real flash as opposed to the new Justice League character. Although, I will say that conversation could and should be had a later date. What interests me at the moment is what seems to be the salvation that has been brought to these two great comic franchises. Salvation by the shows we have grown to love from Netflix and CW. So, to simplify the question. Has Netflix and the CW saved the two iconic comic companies DC and Marvel?

The Answer:

 

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Marvel Studios and Netflix

My humble opinion is that the answer to this question is a resounding YES! Disappointment after disappointment has followed some of our favorite characters as Hollywood has fumbled with reboot after reboot. None of which really satisfies (see Spiderman, Hulk, X-Men, Superman, Batman, etc… etc… etc…). Meanwhile, Netflix and CW have renewed the hope of comic fans everywhere. They have also somewhat satisfied the hunger for superhero content. Very rarely does the CW disappoint us in its delivery of in depth DC superhero character development. Similarly, the Marvel series we have seen from Netflix have been the definition of binge worthy. Marvel: Iron Fist may be the only exception.

 

Time will tell if comic book geeks worldwide look back at Netflix and CW as the heroes of the DC and Marvel comic universes. I cannot help but think how incredibly lucky we are to have so much superhero content available to us from these two media outlets. Additionally, Hollywood is also starting to get it right when it comes to full length superhero movies. I am extremely thankful for this. We are in a great time for superhero shows and movies. 

What Do You Say?

Your nerd voice should be heard! I want to hear from you! Do you think that Netflix and the CW Network have saved the DC and Marvel universes? Did DC and Marvel need to be saved or were they doing fine on their own? Do you think DC and Marvel are just beyond repair? Thank you as always for reading and for your support. Please comment below and let me know what you think because it matters!

5 thoughts on “Are Netflix and the CW Network the True Heroes of the DC and Marvel Universes?

  • Jack Malice
    March 31, 2017 at 11:33 am
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    BCON, I love this article and your thoughts on this. I really love being able to get my live action comic book fix with out having to wait for the summoner block buster. I am interested to hear your thoughts on the unanswered question that you posed. Cause I my self feel that with at least with the Flash that the CW flash is the real Flash. That guy nails it!!

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    • April 1, 2017 at 12:33 pm
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      Grant Gustin is fantastic. But, i don’t mind them keeping the TV and Movies separate because then if they mess up like DC so often does then there isn’t a taint on Grant’s portrayal of the character.

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      • April 4, 2017 at 9:59 am
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        Amen to Grant and the separation, but man, you’re being kind to Marvel. Age of Ultron being the saaame damn plot as the first Avengers movie, the bickering they had with Edward Norton when he dared to farther into the comics than production wanted…? Still though; while DC has been missing the mark pretty hard cinematically, and Marvel’s already started to become repetitive (Iron Man somewhat, the Avengers very), hot damn have their shows been KILLING it (Daredevil and The Flash, IMO. With the rest of the Marvel Netflix as a solid second place, and the rest of the CW DC chasin’ in from third). The shows have been much better on average than, as well as much more consistent than their comics. What I’d love to see though would be DC to go take the multiverse concept and run with it; have movie and TV crossovers that show that BOTH are canon, as well as finally some (…potentially….) awesome characterization of the DC cinematic cast.

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        • April 4, 2017 at 5:20 pm
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          I don’t disagree with your thoughts on the Marvel Cinematic Universe…. they brutalized X-Men for a while there, they could never get the Hulk right, and those two Comics alone are some of the greatest in the history of comics. And don’t even get me started on the damn Fantastic Four….. Dr. Doom is by far my favorite villain of all time and is do a ton of respect but never gets it. With that being said, they’ve gotten it correct more than they’ve gotten it wrong. It just seems like the only thing DC can do right when it comes to movies is to decide to not make them. I just love what is going on with the CW DC Universe and I don’t want to see it get messed with. IF DC could get it right when it comes to movies, then I’d love to see the crossover to TV.

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          • April 4, 2017 at 6:50 pm
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            We are completely in agreement then. If it makes you feel any better, Cartoon Network (eleven years ago, so loooong before they went creatively bankrupt) helped create a lil’ cartoon called “Fantastic Four: World’s Greatest Heroes”, and it was Superb. Had awesome Hulk AND Doom. Among others.

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