Once the Cold War started between Russia and America, peoples' interest in superheros dwindled because even with all their powers the heroes could not protect the world in the state it was in. Superheroes were still around but comic books started looking for additional subject matter and comic books featuring magic, monsters, sci-fi and the wild west became popular. During this time, the company that would become Marvel came onto the scene. And a man that worked at Marvel at that time, creating characters and writing stories, named Stan Lee, revitalized the superhero industry with the creation of Spiderman.
And since that time Marvel and DC have been competing against each other. They have each further defined and developed the ideas and mythos of superheroes and they have each copied each other. DC has worked to make their superheroes have more in common with the average person and Marvel has elevated some of their superheroes beyond the average everyday person status. They even have some characters that have similar powers, abilities and/or personas.
Just a short recap of the basics:
DC = Superman, Wonder Woman, Batman, Aquaman, Green Lantern, Green Arrow, Justice League, etc
Marvel = Spiderman, X-Men, Daredevil, Fantastic Four, The Incredible Hulk, Iron Man, The Punisher, etc
Now comic book readers and non readers alike are looking at the above list of characters and recognizing them all (hint: all the Marvel characters listed above have already had a big screen movie made), and you are thinking that this isn't that hard and you got it all figured out. Marvel alone is counting that they have at least a couple hundred characters that it plans to use in movies, cartoons, TV shows, etc. How well do you know the minor characters of both companies? Some of those minor characters already have HSX stocks on the exchange. How well did you know Iron Man before his movie came out?
In future articles we will look at the specific stocks already listed on HSX. We will also update the status and progress of movies in development and movies that have disappeared from the radar and discuss what Marvel's deal with Disney and DC's deal with Warner mean to the stocks.
Right now Marvel is in the lead but Marvel's biggest hangup is that a few years ago Marvel wasn't doing so good with the money so they leased the movie rights to their most popular characters to other companies and currently have no creative control over those movies or characters and they can't appear in the new movies (so like Spiderman won't be dropping by Iron Man's place in a movie anytime soon (or vice versa).
DC's two biggest hang ups are that they are unorganized due to the fact that they have farmed out projects to different people over the years, and although they still own the rights to their characters, they will now have to start from scratch so they can copy Marvel and have their characters appear in their different movies.