I still have yet to see Captain America: The Winter Soldier or watch Arrow. I really want to see them and I am so far behind, it's ridiculous.
From a critical point of view, I can definitely say Marvel is doing better than DC in terms of feature films. In terms of Arrow which is a DC comic television show, I heard the show is fantastic, more so than Smallville, and being a fan of Smallville myself, I really want to see Arrow! I knew it was going to be awesome anyway, and I hate with my lack of money and time constraints, I still have yet to get the first Season DVD set.
I am quite impressed with how Marvel has been doing so well, not only building up to the Avengers, but making the Avengers awesome, while still keeping true to the characters' humanity. I am anticipated for The Amazing Spider-Man 2, X-Men: Days of Future Past, and Guardians of the Galaxy. The trailers looks awesome! I don't know a thing about Guardians of the Galaxy, so I am interesting in seeing that. What I find amazing is that they are able to make these characters really believable characters where they can be funny and sarcastic at times, as seen in The Amazing Spider-Man and the Guardians of the Galaxy trailer.
As for DC, we all know the next big thing is the unnamed Superman/Batman Movie that was going to be released in 2015, but has been pushed to 2016 since the developers need "time to realize fully their vision, given the complex visual nature of the story." I am happy for the delay for one major reason. But before I say that reason, I should say my thoughts on The Dark Knight Trilogy and Man of Steel. I love the The Dark Knight Trilogy as a whole. To me, it has a great Batman, but it's mostly a psychological survival story of Bruce Wayne. Batman Begins is a well developed origin story and I really like it! The Dark Knight is not only one of my favorite movies of all time, but my number 1 favorite Comic Book Movie of all time! Avengers is my second favorite Comic Book Movie of all time. The Dark Knight raised the bar for comic book movies to a new level where it is just awesome, you are surprised they were able to get away with some of the stuff they added in there. But to me, it was all for the better. And while many people are split on the ending, I find no problem with the ending as it does work towards the story. And The Dark Knight Rises from my understanding is a polarized conclusion among fans, and to me, it is third place. I would be lying if I said I didn't see any problems with it and that they didn't bother me, but I still like it, regardless. And now this is the one I was hoping to skip and I hate bringing it up every single time I have to. It has probably become more of a controversial topic for a lot of people since gay rights. Man of Steel. It's unbelievable how polarized this film is. It's either the absolutely loved or absolutely hated 2013 Summer Blockbuster Movie. My two favorite Superheroes of all time are Batman and Superman. And being the Superman fan that I am, I hated Man of Steel. I would go into detail on what it is I don't like about this film, but it's pretty much all over the internet. The Nostalgia Critic did an amazing collab with Angry Joe on the film as they have two opposite opinions on it. To me, it not only doesn't respect Superman as a character, but it just became a money grabber for Transformers fans who love destruction porn if there was barely any humanity to it. Man of Steel was the number one movie that made me lose faith in DC films, and from what we heard from the developers for the Superman/Batman film, most of the stuff sounds like a disappointment. But then again, we don't know the script, so they might be able to surprise us with bald Jesse Eisenberg as Lex Luthor. The Dark Knight surprised us with casting Heath Ledger as the Joker, so we'll see. Because clearly any bald person looks like Lex Luthor. But the reason why I am glad they are delaying the film is so it can be developed more. The one thing that was lacking in Man of Steel is character development. Sure there is some development, but it's more for the symbols of a character rather than the character themselves. In The Dark Knight Trilogy, we see the progression of Bruce Wayne as a character and how everything in the three films affects him psychologically and how it develops his personality. So in a way, I kind of want to see the upcoming Superman/Batman movie. But the problem is really for the fact they are rushing a Justice League movie. This is why Marvel is doing so much better. We can only hope DC steps up its game and stays true to itself rather than try to be like Marvel.