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Marvel2016 is the year to be alive for comic book fans and geeks alike.  With new films and t.v. show seasons based on comic book properties from Marvel and DC Comics alike being released left and right, some might even say it is an overabundance of joy this upcoming year.

When Iron Man was released in 2008, it jump started what is now known as the Marvel Cinematic Universe or as many people refer to it, the MCU. The MCU is a series of intertwined films all within the same movie universe, where stories and characters alike combine and interact with each other.

Many fans were thrilled when The Avengers  was released in 2012, because it was the first time where fan-favorite heroes such as Iron Man, Hulk, and Captain America came together as one and formed the superhero team of The Avengers. This film proved very successful grossing over $1 Billion worldwide. Due to the success of this Cinematic Universe, Marvel’s rival company DC Comics followed suit in jump starting their own cinematic universe by releasing Man of Steel in 2013 which would officially kick off what is now known as the DC Extended Universe, or DCEU for short.

Although Man of Steel, based on DC comics, most popular character Superman, received mixed to positive reviews from fans and critics it performed well enough in the box office for DC to green light its own cinematic universe by announcing its large slate of films from now to 2022.  Comic book fan Eric Castillo voiced his opinion on Man of Steel and had this to say, “It was actually a really good movie, it had really good action scenes I honestly don’t see why so many people bag on it.”

Castillo also shared which film he is most looking forward to in 2016.  “Batman V Superman. Sorry ha ha, I love Marvel but we’ve already seen Cap and Iron Man fight before but this is the first time that we’ll see Batman and Superman together on screen, It’s really exciting and I can’t wait,” he said.

Although 2016 is a big year for films, it is also a big year for the smaller screen heroes to shine. New seasons of comic book properties will debut and many fans are eager for them to return.  Arrow, based on DC Comics property Green Arrow, will continue its 4th Season while The Flash, another DC Comics property based on superhero The Flash, goes in strong with its second season.  Many fans can agree that while DC comics are going in strong with their slate of t.v. shows, Marvel is slowly catching on with their own smaller screen heroes and its Netflix programs.

In 2013, Marvel announced a partnership with streaming company Netflix that would bring four comic book properties, Daredevil, Jessica Jones, Luke Cage, and Iron Fist to life with their own shows on Netflix.  This plan will eventually lead to a Defenders mini-series that will bring all four heroes together Avengers style. With Daredevil and Jessica Jones released already, both receiving critical-acclaim from fans and critics alike, fans are eager for Luke Cage (already in production) and Iron Fist to release so they can eventually get to the much anticipated release of The Defenders.

Although both Marvel and DC Comics have their strengths and their weaknesses, fans can agree that 2016 is the best year to be a comic book fan. With films and t.v. shows releasing this year, fans are eager for these properties to come as 2016 edges  closer, and closer. With the ongoing war of Marvel vs DC, which side do you stand on?

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