Is that a joke? DC has more iconic characters than Marvel, certainly in popular culture at large. "
I bet the average person could name more X-Men let alone Marvel characters than they could DC characters.
On the subject....
It can be extremely confusing to a new reader with the amount of titles out there. After you've figured out what is what then you can just pick and choose which comics to prioritize. I think it's a good thing to have more choices for the most part and it should mean more opportunities for more characters to get some face time.