Captain America: The Winter Soldier hasn't officially released anywhere across the globe, but the film is already tracking by word of mouth as one of the best entries in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. The box office forecast puts it at $80 million in its opening April weekend, and a third film has already been scheduled for May 6, 2016.
Meanwhile, the first film in the rebooted Superman franchise, Man of Steel, although a box office success, received a mixed response from critics. Yet building on the hype of new characters Batman and Wonder Woman, the highly-anticipated sequel, Batman vs. Superman, was recently re-scheduled for the same opening weekend, putting it up against Marvel's as yet untitled Captain America 3.
Neither studio has backed down since the news was announced recently, with Marvel Studios president of production Kevin Feige even saying they will not be moving, and so we have an epic showdown in the making. During the Captain America: The Winter Soldier premiere this past week, star Sebastian Stan - who revealed he has a nine-picture deal with Marvel - was asked by Access Hollywood which film he thinks will win the 2016 weekend: Captain America 3 or Batman vs. Superman.
"I mean, all you really have to do to know the answer to that question is just look at the track record of Marvel Vs. DC... 'Green Lantern'! [Laughs] You know, I'm biased! I dunno. I'm on this side. Listen, I'm with the brothers. They did a great film. If they want to do another film, and I'll be part of it [...], then I'm game!"
Obviously, each side is going to root for their own, and while Captain America: The Winter Soldier is poised to make some serious cash this year, the current buzz surrounding the upcoming sequel Batman vs. Superman can't be denied. Perhaps a better way to look at the competition is to see whether this year's Captain America can outmatch Marvel's previous film, Thor: The Dark World.
Of course, a lot can change in two years, with Guardians of the Galaxy, Avengers: Age of Ultron and Ant-Man possibly raising Marvel's profile even higher over the next two years. Opinions of critics or fanboys unhappy with what they see of Batman vs. Superman can also deflate the film's momentum before the premiere in 2016. We're clearly still too far out to have any idea of the outcome.
What about you, Screen Rant readers? Are you planning to see Captain America 3, Batman vs. Superman or both? Which film do you think will win at the box office?
Both Captain America 3 and Batman vs. Superman are scheduled to hit theaters on May 6th, 2016.