DC and Marvel, the “Big Two” of comic book publishing, are bitter rivals – or are they? Certainly, that’s what their respective fan bases would have you believe. Take a closer look at the behavior of both publishers, and it becomes clear that the competition between them is more friendly than acrimonious.
Need proof? Look no further than the sheer number of Marvel-related Easter eggs hidden in DC stories over the years. Hardly the actions of writers and artists with an axe to grind!
This shouldn’t come as much of a surprise. Not only did virtually every writer and artist at DC grow up reading comics by Marvel, most have since gone on to work for both publishers. As such, they tend to have as much affection for the Marvel Universe as they do for DC, and express this through subtle references sneakily woven into their stories.
It’s not just comics creators doing it, either. The creative team behind the “Arrowverse” – DC’s shared universe of TV shows – has been getting in on the act too, with shout-outs to Marvel cropping up in several recent episodes.
With this in mind, here are 20 Marvel Easter Eggs Hidden In DC Stories.
It’s Easter this weekend, which means that most of us will have eggs on the brain.
Whilst the average punter will probably be hoping for conventional chocolate eggs in their Easter bonnet on Sunday morning, fans of film, TV, books and comics could be forgiven for having their sights set on slightly more…fantastical fare.
With this in mind, I’ve pulled together a list of the five greatest eggs across all of pop culture, to help fuel these (inevitably unfulfilled) Easter-related desires!
Considering all the time and money that goes into each and every major studio release, it’s pretty mindblowing how many movies are released to no fanfare, and then promptly forgotten.
2012’s Rise of the Guardians falls squarely under this banner. Despite being the product of DreamWorks Animation, boasting an all-star voice cast, and drawing on a popular series of children’s books as source material, it flopped at the box office, and – much like its invisible protagonist – you’d be lucky to meet someone who even knew it existed.
That’s a real shame, as thanks to its smart approach to a fun basic premise – Santa Claus, the Easter Bunny, the Tooth Fairy, the Sandman and Jack Frost form an Avengers-style team to fight the Bogeyman – it’s actually a surprisingly sincere, heartfelt and entertaining adventure.
It’s Easter this weekend, so it’s only natural to find oneself thinking about the many cinematic depictions of the life of Jesus, even if you’re an atheist like me.
There have been many famous takes on the story, and which you prefer depends greatly on your mileage.
If you like your Biblical tales packed with spectacle, then 1965’s The Greatest Story Ever Told – with its four hour runtime, majestic Jesus (in the form of Max von Sydow) and star-studded cameos – is likely to be your jam.
Should you prefer your Christian cinema with a contemporary edge and catchy tunes, then the 1973 big screen adaptation of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Jesus Christ Superstar is surely for you.
And if you’ve got a strong stomach for violence (not to mention fire and brimstone theology), Mel Gibson’s 2003 effort, The Passion of the Christ, might well be right up your alley.
But if you want to know my recommendation for the film to watch this Easter – the one that really gets under the skin of what life must have been like for Nazareth’s most famous export – without doubt it would be Martin Scorsese’s 1988 masterpiece, The Last Temptation of Christ.