Cautionary vs Reactionary: Destruction and World Building in Marvel and DC’s Films

The Woods Of Nor

A few years ago, a friend on Facebook made a status criticizing action films—although I’m sure he specifically meant superhero films—for showing an immense amount of destruction and almost never mentioning the civilians that more than likely die. Even though I rolled my eyes at a majority of what he was saying, I agreed that the damage and the innocent lives lost is something that is surprisingly not touched upon in this post 9/11 world. With both Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice and Captain America: Civil War coming out within two months of one another earlier this year, I realized while having a conversation with my older brother: DC’s depiction and use of mass destruction is reactionary, while Marvel’s is cautionary.

Before I get into my grand realization of the destruction of fictional and nonfictional cities, I just want to say this now. I am more a Marvel fan…

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