‘Star Wars: Rise of Skywalker’: Despite Initial Critical Reviews, Here Are 3 Reasons Why Marvel Could Never Top Star Wars

With the debut of Star Wars: Rise of Skywalker, in theaters this week, the debate resurfaces over whether Marvel is becoming the giant over Star Wars. Initial reviews of Episode IX are mixed. The film scores 58% by critics, according to Rotten Tomatoes. 

Although fan reviews are not recorded yet, many reviewers believe that the movie gave fans what they wanted in a conclusion. Let’s take a look at the three main reasons that Marvel will never be better than Star Wars, despite some terrible reviews of the new film.

Star Wars Rise of Skywalker
Star Wars Rise of Skywalker | Michael Tullberg/Getty Image

The structure of Star Wars is logical and defined; whereas Marvel is chaotic at best

Despite Disney owning both the Marvel and the Star Wars franchises, the universes could not be more different. 

The Marvel Cinematic Universe is only 10-years-old. However, there are an array of Marvel comics and more than a dozen film adaptations of the superheroes that pre-date the creation of the MCU by Disney.

Marvel has the X-Men, the Fantastic Four, two Daredevils, three Hulks, and three different Spider-men, to name a few. Although Disney began to put order to the MCU with the earliest phase in 2008 with the release of Iron Man, it is still a chaotic world. 

Star Wars, alternatively, began as a film franchise and has a very clear 42-year-old structure in place. The movies are numbered and set into clear trilogies—sets of three films that tie together. The main characters are cultivated across generations; each does not get their own movie. There is a side set of Star Wars Stories: Rogue One and Solo, but these still serve the main plot. It is cohesive and logical with a central series of movies.

There is only one Force in the Star Wars universe

When we look at the Star Wars universe, there are various villains, planets, and creatures; but there is only one Force that binds everything together. Whereas the Marvel Universe is full of forces, stones, powers, celestial beings, time travel, demigods, and magic, to name a few. 

A child or adult new to the Star Wars saga can easily understand the rules of the Force. In the MCU, it is difficult to figure out the varying rules and degrees of powers going on at any one time. This comparison does not imply that the Force is simplistic; however, it does signify that creator, George Lucas, found the one truth that is part of all of us. 

In Star Wars, everyone has the ability to be good or evil. 

Marvel is shiny and new with an insane amount of different stars

In the MCU, the characters look polished, the weapons look brand new, and the transportation is on point. Viewers sometimes see a little dirt, but it is more applied than earned. We love the action-packed adventure of a Marvel movie. It is just not the same as in the Star Wars universe, where everything is dusty and dirty because director George Lucas insisted on it.

“His mantra was always, ‘Everything had to work and look like it worked. Nothing should look designed; nothing should stand out,’” according to set decorator, Roger Christian. Lucas applied this theory to every situation, including the scene in the trash compactor. There was real trash in there, and everything smelled awful. It may be a fantasy world, but Lucas believed it should look and feel real. 

Along with that feeling that we can relate to a sci-fi movie, he also gave us these characters that we are genuinely invested in. The emotional connection viewers feel to Luke Skywalker (Mark Hamill), and Princess Leia Organa (Carrie Fisher) is incomparable. Fans not only cheered, but cried when they saw Fisher reprise her role in The Force Awakens

Marvel boasts numerous well-known actors, who play their characters well, but when they are known for other roles, they are still just actors. Mark Hamill is Luke Skywalker, but Mark Ruffalo is still Mark Ruffalo portraying the Incredible Hulk.

Marvel finally took the world by storm with Avengers: End Game, so maybe they will be giving Star Wars a run for their money soon. Whether you are a Marvel fanatic or a Star Wars buff, both universes have a plethora of films now streaming on Disney+ for your bingeing pleasure.