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Genre-Defining Marvel Comics Arcs MCU Ruined & Can Never Adapt In Future

Marvel Cinematic Universe is one of the biggest names in Hollywood. The superheroes universe keeps expanding and bringing in new movies and series. But the cinematic universe is based on Marvel comic books. And their movie adaptations are loved by fans so much. MCU manages to bring the magic of the comic books to the screens. Each movie brings a new arc of Marvel comics to life so well. Or that is what most of us think. Sometimes, it is not the case. The fans of the comic book series know that MCU is not always good at sticking to its source material. Though, it may sometimes work out for the studio, not always. Sometimes, MCU has adapted an arc from the comics so bad that it is ruined and they cannot fix this mistake in the future.

Civil War

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Captain America: Civil War

The movie, Captain America: Civil war is the movie that divided Marvel fans into two teams. While some agreed with the righteous ways of Captain America, others took Tony’s side saying he was wronged by his friend. The movie is based on the comic Civil War by Mark Millar and artist Steve McNiven. While there are a few similarities between the book and the movie. The movie conveniently skipped the subtext that was given in the Marvel comics. The comic book is focused more on the difference of opinion and the question of security versus freedom. Meanwhile to movie was slightly tilted towards Iron Man is right. The movie missed the point and now it cannot be fixed.

Ultron Unlimited

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Avengers: Age of Ultron

Avengers: Age of Ultron, the movie in which in an attempt to save the world, Tony Stark ends up creating a robot that is set on annihilating all beings. It is adapted from the comic Ultron Unlimited, and Ultron is one of the greatest villains Marvel superheroes had to face. But in the movie, Ultron is nothing like the comic book character he is based on. The comic book Ultron Unlimited is one of the best Avengers stories but the movie is not at par. The movie, in an attempt to mark the similarity between Ultron and its creator, made him a jokey villain and not the deadly android he was. But now Ultron is gone and MCU cannot fix the character anymore.

Ragnarok

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Thor: Ragnarok

The Chris Hemsworth starrer Thor: Ragnarok is the movie that shows us the story of Thor when he leaves Earth after the Age of Ultron movie. Thor returns to Asgard and later finds out about his father’s firstborn, Hela, and that she is coming back to take over his home. The movie was adapted from Walt Simonson’s Ragnarok, the twilight of the Norse God. It is undoubtedly a good movie but it is nowhere close to the source material. Ragnarok is one of the best Thor comics. But the movie only used it only to support the end. It was disappointing for the fans who hoped to see the story on the big screen. The movie was nowhere close to Simonson’s classic and it cannot be undone.

Avengers Disassembled and House of M

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WandaVision

WandaVision is the first TV show by MCU and it was a huge success. The show focused on the story of Wanda and Vision. A love story we only got a glimpse of Avengers: Infinity War. The series is based on the couple trying to live like a normal couple might till things start going wrong. The series took its inspiration from many Marvel comics that are about the Scarlet Witch. Avengers Dissambled and House of M are two stories that talked about Wanda turning bad. The series was good but it did not do justice to the character like it was done in the inspiring material.

Winter Soldier

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Captain America: Winter Soldier

Another Captain America movie, The Winter Soldier takes Steve Rogers on an adventure after waking up from his 70 years of sleep. The movie is adapted from Winter Soldier. The story of the movie revolves around the villainous deeds of HYDRA, the famous Captain America villain. It is shown that Bucky was controlled by HYDRA. But the movie missed a chance to introduce a new villainous organization. In the comics, Barnes is shown as a member of KGB. And it also included the Cosmic Cude, Red Skull, and others. And now, though the movie is good, it missed its chance to be better.

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Written by Gargi Mishra

I am Gargi Mishra, an aspiring filmmaker. I look at the world through the viewfinder and love to study films. Write them and write about them.