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The debate between Marvel and DC has raged for decades. With the growing prominence of comic book universes and superhero movies, those differences have only become even more pronounced as time has gone by. Zealots from both camps will fight tooth and nail to assert themselves as the dominant force in the realm of fandom, and it seems that the differences between these fans actually have quantifiable implications. We've always known that Marvel and DC fans are distinct from each other, but this data is truly bizarre.
According to a brand new report from THR, it seems that Foursquare check-in data can really tell you quite a bit about the differences between Marvel and DC fans. The data in question separates fans based on screenings they checked in at (MCU films vs. DCEU films), and breaks down where else these two types of fans tend to go during their day to day lives; the distinctions are odd to say the least. With regards to the Marvel fans, it seems that they're far more likely to check in at a 24 Hour Fitness gym than the average Foursquare user -- 150% more likely in fact. On the other hand, DC fans are considerably more likely to check in at a Barnes and Noble bookstore.
Then there are the differences in preferred food establishments. The data reports that Marvel fans tend to gravitate towards ice cream shops like Jamba Juice, Yogurtland, and Coldstone Creamery. By contrast, DC fans tend to check in at restaurants like Domino's, Jersey Mike's, Panda Express, and Chipotle, and (once again) Jamba Juice. It seems that, no matter how much these two camps of nerds go back and forth, they will always agree that they love a good smoothie with a healthy immunity boost.
Another incredibly fascinating aspect of this data is the way Marvel and DC break off into gender demographics. Overall, the Foursquare data seems to indicate that roughly 51.7% of Marvel fans are men, while 52.6% of DC fans are men. Although it's only a 1% difference, it opens up an interesting discussion regarding whether or not Marvel comics naturally appeal to women more than DC.
What do you think of this data? Do you think that there's any merit to it, and if so, what do you think it says about your particular segment of comic book fandom? Let us know what you think in the comments section below to keep this dialogue going!
No matter what, it's fairly clear that the Marvel vs. DC debate will continue to rage well into the future. Marvel fans, you can look forward to the expansion of the Marvel Cinematic universe with Doctor Strange, which will hit theaters on November 4. As for DC fans, the DCEU will take the action into the early 20th century when Wonder Woman's solo movie lands in theaters next summer on June 2, 2017. Stay tuned for more details!