The Marvel universe is vast and rich with history- with over 75 years worth of comics and a vast inventory of characters and story-lines to choose from.
The Marvel Cinematic Universe itself is a box office juggernaut (pun intended), as it continues to expand while introducing new characters, places, and stories that comic fans have been enjoying for ages.
Marvel have also continued expanding their character universe and stories using their TV shows- all aligned to the same big picture, experiencing the reacting to the same events and giving us- the viewers a more relateble point of view through the eyes of more “down to earth” enhanced individuals like Jessica Jones, Daredevil and Luke Cage.
But, Marvel studios have had to make some changes and updates to their characters to make them more appealing for movie going audiences and in order to appeal to a wider audience rather than the usual comic buffs that this type of movies used to target.
The biggest change can be felt in “Captain America: Civil War”- while in the comics this is a universe splitting even that basically divides the Marvel characters into 2 groups- both good and evil on each side- fighting for what they believe in- the movie gave us an extremely minimized version of this event that involved a number of characters that could barely fill a check in line at an airport- while it did result in a great movie and specifically a great scene, it felt like something big was missing here.
The Marvel copy right issue for their own characters has been talked about several times already and is basically the main reason for such changes between the comic book story we know and the version we’ll see on the big screen.
Another big difference between the two was also seen when the Quicksilver character has 2 different actors portraying it at the same time- one of them not actually allowed to be referred to as quick silver- Pietro (or Peter- depends on who you’re asking) and Wanda are a major part of the avengers however one of them gets dropped as another another studio “called dibs” on it first.
moreover- don’t you think that the whole Ultron issue would have been saved if Wanda and Pietro’s dad would make an appearance? I would sure want Magneto by my side if I was picking a fight with an army of crazy robots with a god complex- but sorry kids- copy rights.
There’s been a lot of rumors lately regarding the possibility that Marvel (with the help of Disney) would buy back the rights for the franchises sold to Fox Studios and eventually bring the X-Men and Fantastic 4 back home to get the Homecoming cinematic treatment they deserve.
One can only hope this happens before the Infinity wars movie, I for one would hate to see a version of it that doesn’t have Wolverine in it- plus, maybe the studio shift would give a good excuse to recast the iconic character after Hugh Jackman’s farewell from it.
Author: Josh Hayett
Josh is a retired comic book artist who never made it to the big leagues (to be fair- he never really tried) so now he’s here writing stuff about what other people are doing with their talents.
Always with an opinion about TV shows, Movies and especially why Marvel is the best ever,