Inspired by the Flitecast's full rundown of his opinions on the Marvel Cinematic Universe (in short, he is a fan of nearly all the MCU movies, but he gets frustrated by the segments of Marvel fandom that are "sore winners," and I agree with him), and given that I finally watched Avengers: Endgame a couple months ago, I thought it was a good time to revisit my personal ratings of the Marvel and DC comic book films.
The last time I did this personal ratings rundown, I was attempting to show that, although I prefer DC, I still like most of the MCU films. I use a 10-point rating scale, and for me a 6+ means that I liked the film, and back in 2016 my MCU average was 6.6. So yes, I did at the time like the MCU in general. For DC, my average was 8.1 so my tastes clearly align with that brand more.
Here is my updated graph of personal ratings, from 2008 when the MCU started until 2021 with Wonder Woman 1984. I focus on the DCEU films but in order to even up the numbers a little bit I also included the DC Films from 2008-2012 which were The Dark Knight, Jonah Hex, Green Lantern, and The Dark Knight Rises. Note that I am not adding these films to pad my DC numbers; in fact, my average rating for those 4 films is 7.6, so it is actually pulling down my DC average.
|My personal ratings on a 10-point scale of Marvel and DC movies from 2008-2021.|
Even with the addition of 15 more films onto this graph since 2016, my personal averages have actually remained unchanged. I am still a 6.6 on the Marvel side (standard deviation = 1.05) and an 8.1 on the DC side (standard deviation = 1.08). The means and medians are equal in both cases, suggesting that my opinions are symmetrical around the means, and both sets having basically the same standard deviation of 1.1, which means that my rating scale is fairly appropriate.
There are only a few films on this list that I really didn't like. They all happen to be Marvel (e.g., Thor 2, Guardians of the Galaxy 2, Ant-Man). And there are only 4 films that I really love, and those all happen to be DC (with BvS at the very top).
So the story here is pretty clear --- I like most of the MCU films, but they are typically around a 6 or 7 on my scale. Whereas the DC films tend to sit at 7 or above, and the films that have really connected with me in the deepest ways are MoS, BvS, The Dark Knight, and Wonder Woman. Hopefully Zack Snyder's Justice League is another one of those films that really resonates with me, completing a magnificent Dawn of Justice trilogy.