Despite clearly trying its hardest not to, Suicide Squad feels just like a Marvel movie. It’s hubris to think that anyone can make a film about superheroes (or villains) teaming up to defeat a big bad without at least being reminiscent of the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Yes, this movie is about bad guys and Marvel’s are about good guys, but in order to create something that stands out, a filmmaker has to avoid the familiar elements that Marvel has essentially baked into its films at this point. Even DC diehards can admit that there are plenty of ways Suicide Squad feels like a Marvel movie – from it’s giant swirling vortex to its soundtrack of solid gold oldies.
Just by looking at the number of Marvel movies, it's clear Suicide Squad can’t avoid falling into the narrative pitfall of repeating something from at least one Marvel film. But there are so many Marvel Studios clichés in Suicide Squad that it makes you wonder whether or not writer-director David Ayer took too much inspiration from The Avengers and Guardians of the Galaxy.
Even though Suicide Squad is very concerned with establishing a tone that’s much darker than anything in the MCU, it still feels like Tony Stark could show up at any moment and start cracking wise.