Tribalism. It’s often petty and pointless in this day and age, and sadly we all fall victim to it in one form or another usually because it engenders a sense of belonging and even pride. One of the most common, and silliest, is corporate tribalism – Windows vs. Mac, Android vs. iOS, Coke vs. Pepsi, PC vs. consoles, Playstation vs. Microsoft, etc. One of the most well-known though is that of Marvel vs. DC, with comics fans swearing allegiance to one or the other.
That particularly rivalry has only been exacerbated in the past decade as Marvel has effectively conquered the big screen whilst DC has struggled to keep up. It’s not all bad news for DC though, Chris Nolan’s “Dark Knight” trilogy is still often seen as the pinnacle of the genre (especially the second and to a lesser extent the first film), on the small screen DC seems to be winning for now (“Daredevil” may change that), and they are about to begin rolling out their own line-up of major comic book movies.
Still, there’s no question that in the overall entertainment realm Marvel is “winning” and doing so by a very big margin at the moment. Last year in particular Marvel-branded films from various studios had a stellar result with three critical and commercial smash hits, something which helps us forget one of their biggest misfires (“The Amazing Spider-Man 2”).
One person who is obviously in the Marvel camp is Samuel L. Jackson. The actor, who has played Nick Fury in seven of the Marvel films so far and has two more to go under his contract, spoke with MTV recently and spoke about why he things Marvel is better than DC. His answer? Accessibility:
“The Marvel universe is huge. I don’t know how many thousands of character there are in the Marvel universe that they can access and use. I’m not surprised by that. It’s been that way since we started reading comic books. Most of us understand that in the comic book world you can crossbreed and do all kinds of stuff. I think Marvel has made a way to make those movies accessible to the public, that DC hasn’t. I don’t know what that is. I don’t know why you can’t get Batman and Superman, and people as juiced up to be a part of that.”
We won’t know if audiences will be “juiced up” to see “Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice” until close to the release date, but Jackson also seems to think he’ll stick with his Fury gig for a while longer – maybe even beyond his current contract. He also jokingly compares his role to his character of Jules from “Pulp Fiction”:
“I’m cool doing Nick Fury as long as they keep writing him into these films. Right now it seems he’s on the same path as Jules. Maybe they’ll cross paths. They are out there looking…Jules is looking for whatever, and Nick Fury is off trying to figure out what the Hell happened to SHIELD and how did these people infiltrate it in that particular way. Maybe they’ll cross paths somewhere. I’ll do Jules and Nick Fury in one movie together. I’ll be my own Orphan Black.”
Jackson serves as the villain in “Kingsman: The Secret Service” which is currently playing in cinemas worldwide.