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Classic Comics Characters That Live-Action Movies Can Never Do Justice To

December 2, 2020 4.7k votes 799 voters 104.2k views16 items

List RulesVote up the comic book characters that make more sense on the page than on the screen.

Some comic book characters are just impossible to adapt. Whether it be a tricky costume, an unwieldy power set, or an ambitious character design, some comic book denizens are meant to stay confined to the panels they were drawn inside and away from live-action screens. 

Superheroes like Ghost Rider, Green Lantern, and the Thing have proven quite hard to adapt by a number of filmmakers. Others, like Mojo, Plastic Man, and M.O.D.O.K., were seemingly designed to disappoint if they ever receive a live-action adaptation. No matter the reason why, it's clear some comic book characters should stay housed in the medium that birthed them.

  • There are few comic book supervillains as iconic as the Devourer of Worlds, Galactus. Created by Stan Lee and Jack Kirby back when the Fantastic Four were the most important heroes in the Marvel Universe in the 1960s, Galactus is a cosmic entity that can literally consume entire planets. And that Kirby-designed purple crown-like helmet really is something to behold.

    When 20th Century Fox brought Galactus to the big screen in Fantastic Four: The Rise of the Silver Surfer, it completely copped out and made the character a giant, cosmic stormcloud. And though a silhouette of the classic character appears in the clouds, signaling the potential of the character's true visage, that never came to pass.

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  • M.O.D.O.K. (or Mental Organism Designed Only for Killing) is just about as "comic book" as it gets. While technically a human being, M.O.D.O.K. is essentially a giant-faced computer that rides around in a flying, golden throne known as the "Doomsday Chair" and looks more like a child's nightmare drawing than a menacing supervillain.

    M.O.D.O.K. has appeared in many Marvel cartoons over the years, but it seems hard to believe the character will ever really make the jump to a live-action format. And if he does, it most likely won't be in his traditional, big-headed character design. 

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  • Cain Marko, AKA the Juggernaut, is absolutely massive and incredibly strong. In fact, Juggernaut is one of the strongest beings in the pages of Marvel Comics. Standing at over 9 feet tall and weighing almost 2,000 pounds, Marko is not someone to be trifled with lightly.

    While a mountain of a man with a metal dome of a helmet looks intimidating on the page, it's proven hard to translate onscreen. Juggernaut has made two live-action appearances thus far in X-Men: The Last Stand and Deadpool 2, and The Last Stand's take on Cain Marko was almost laughably underwhelming. (Who thought that leather vest was intimidating?) While his cameo in the Merc with a Mouth's sequel was much more faithful to his comic book counterpart, it was still just a drop in the bucket compared to the comic pages. Seriously, Marko can cause Hulk-like levels of destruction and could easily serve as a primary villain in a full-fledged X-Men film.

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  • If Marvel Studios wants to get really weird with its eventual reboot of the X-Men franchise, the studio will bring Mojo to the party. One of the Spineless Ones, Mojo is the slave-mongering ruler of Mojoworld, where he runs a ruthless television empire. One of the more "meta" villains in the history of Marvel Comics, Mojo and his "Mojoverse" are meant to be a comment on American television obsession.

    If the MCU is going to house Mojo, it seems like the studio would probably steer clear of his 500-pound frame, which is only capable of motion thanks to a robotic cradle with spider-like legs. He is a grotesque creature that doesn't really play nice with the MCU's more family-friendly image.

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