The Marvel Cinematic Universe has expanded even quicker and more impressively than Ant Man does in Civil War. What began in 2008 with Iron Man has blossomed into a media juggernaut that pumps out at least three films a year, multiple TV series, and a multi-pronged Netflix brand. Perhaps that shouldn't be surprising. The MCU does, after all, rest on the shoulders of another media empire, Marvel Comics.
The MCU, however, greatly surpassed the popularity of the properties it's based on. Far more people have seen The Avengers than will ever read an Avengers comic. Hoping to cash in on this success, Marvel Comics has made a number of changes to match the MCU films. It’s easy to see why the company might do this. By borrowing from its wildly popular cinematic branch, it is attempting to make the publishing branch more appealing to new fans. That being said, the level of subtlety with which Marvel has altered its storylines has been met with mixed reactions.
Erasing Star-Lord's Personality
Perhaps no character has had their personality and history changed more than Peter Quill, AKA Star-Lord. In previous comic book continuity, Quill was a sarcastic and bitter veteran of countless intergalactic conflicts. As a survivor who had lost many friends along the way, Quill was known for being a dour realist and an excellent strategist.
That's a pretty far cry from the lovable, wise-cracking jackass who first appeared in the Guardians of the Galaxy film. Marvel switched up its comic book version so that Star-Lord became younger and funnier, and did so without much explanation at all. He was still apparently the veteran of all those brutal conflicts, but now he just had a sunnier disposition about it all. Hurray for logic!Good change?
Making Deadpool World Famous
Deadpool used to be considered an underrated Marvel character. Nobody thinks that now. Within a few short years, Deadpool went from Internet meme sensation to international brand success, and Marvel Comics wanted to reflect that.
Since Deadpool often breaks the fourth wall and is a fan of meta-humor, Marvel chose a very direct, stupid route. The comic juggernaut had Deadpool become world famous in the comic book universe, as he inexplicably became one of the planet’s most popular superheroes. He even got rich enough to fund the Avengers thanks to his merchandise sales.Good change?
Stripping Hawkeye Of His Costume
Some of the changes Marvel comics made to match the films were purely aesthetic, but that doesn’t mean they weren’t still a little nonsensical. In The Avengers, Hawkeye doesn’t sport much of a costume, basically just wearing combat gear. The comic book version, on the other hand, is known for his garish purple attire, complete with a large, H-emblazoned mask.
Marvel chose to have its comic book Hawkeye ditch his costume completely and wear something similar to the film version, despite the fact that all his friends still walk around in spandex.Good change?
Turning Blade Into A DaywalkerPhoto: Marvel Comics
Blade the Vampire Hunter has a decently complex backstory. He gained his powers (essentially limited essentially to vampire-immunity and vampire-tracking abilities) when his mother was bitten while giving birth to him. The film version of Blade, however, was completely different.
Film Blade was a "daywalker," basically a vampire with all of the positives and none of the negatives. In order to give the comic book Blade those same powers, Marvel had him bitten by Morbius, a "living" vampire that totally doesn’t count as a real vampire, since Blade is immune to those. Comics! This miraculously gave Blade the same powers as his more-popular movie version, and he picked up a similar costume around the same time.Good change?