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Black Panther vs Black Adam in the box office

Dwayne Johnson explains why using #BlackPanther2's box office to dunk on #BlackAdam Movie isn't quite fair

 Dwayne Johnson explains why using #BlackPanther2's box office to dunk on #BlackAdam Movie isn't quite fair !

 

"there’s no competition with the established global brand of #BlackPanther compared to #BlackAdam #JSA who a year ago no one even heard of. No need to knock us, we’re new babies and have to grow?"

 

Dwayne Johnson effectively squashes the box office rivalry between Black Adam and Black Panther: #WakandaForever. Marvel Studios returned to the big screen for the third time this year with Ryan Coogler's much-anticipated Black Panther: Wakanda Forever. The sequel to 2018's Black Panther had its work cut out for it; aside from having to move the narrative forward without Chadwick Boseman's T'Challa, it also had to debut Namor, the MCU's latest mutant. As Black Panther: Wakanda Forever closes out Phase 4, its box office performance is being closely watched, and to put its earnings into perspective, it has been regularly compared to DCU's final film of the year, Black Adam, which Johnson headlined and produced.

 

Comparisons between MCU and the DCU are nothing new. The pair's rivalry from their days in print has transcended comic books and now exists in Warner Bros. and Disney's media franchises. But, time and again, those who are involved in these projects prove that there's no bad blood between them. Instead, it's nothing but a friendly competition, which is ultimately good for the public, as it motivates both companies to come up with quality projects. Sometimes, however, they tend to get compared anyway, especially when films are released within weeks of each other, and typically there's no malice to it.

 

This is exactly what happened to comparisons between Black Panther: Wakanda Forever and Black Adam. However, pitting the films against each other isn't exactly fair. As Johnson points out, the Black Panther franchise has a leg up in terms of worldwide recognition. Meanwhile, Black Adam and the Justice Society of America are fairly new to the non-comic-reading community. But, aside from that, there are also a lot of other factors that contribute to a film's gross. The timing of the release is crucial to this; the marketing efforts of the studios are also important.

 

All in all, the box office performance shouldn't be an automatic indication of a movie's quality. Many films that are better in quality struggle to perform commercially, while those deemed underwhelming by critics can still make bank. In the case of Black Panther: Wakanda Forever and Black Adam, fans should be able to enjoy whatever film they prefer or better yet, they check them both out, because they may end up enjoying what they each have to offer.


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