MCU has taken many creative liberties with Marvel characters for their adaptation to live-action movies. Some of their creative tweaks of MCU characters undoubtedly crossed some lines, while some worked for the character’s favor. So let’s see the characters of MCU who are nothing like their comic counterparts.
Eternals’ Motives and Genders Changed
Eternals storyline was something absolutely new for comic book enthusiasts. The big twist was that the immortals weren’t sent to Earth to protect it on Celestials’ orders but to unknowingly ready it for extinction. They were more like Celestials’ pawns. This was completely opposite to their source material, where Eternals are the heroic results of the Celestials’ experiments on humans. Not only this, but even the individual Eternals went through some changes: Ajak was now a woman, Ikaris was now the antagonist, Makkari was now a deaf woman, and Sprite was now a woman.
The Grandmaster was the Lover of All Things Flashy
In the comics, The Grandmaster was one of the oldest villains alive who enjoyed manipulating the heroes and villains for his entertainment purposes. He played both sides and never affiliated with either one. However, The Grandmaster that Thor and Loki met in Thor: Ragnarok was an immature and dangerous man-child. Unlike his comic counterpart, this Grandmaster only wanted to be entertained at all costs.
Nebula was a Merciless Spy
The movie’s early Nebula was more in tune with the comics. Nebula warmed up to the heroes in the film and almost became an Avenger after hashing it out with her sister. However, Nebula was plain evil in the comics with no redeeming qualities. Nebula was originally an Avengers foe, and she rarely met the Guardians. What’s more exciting is that Nebula was The Infinity Gauntlet’s final villain when she stole the gauntlet for herself.
Yondu Became a Step-Father
Arguably, the only thing about Yondu that was true to the comics, except from his blue skin, was his guided arrow and red mohawk. Yondu underwent a change from a noble warrior to a measly space pirate. But, the most significant change was Yondu being Peter Quill’s second father, as the two never actually met before in the comics.
The Ancient One was the butt of a Big Controversy
The Ancient One trained Doctor Strange, and this is true for both movies and comics. But, Ancient One was turned from an elderly Tibetan man in the comics into a British woman in the live-action. However, there was a political reason behind this: Disney wanted to show Doctor Strange in China, which has a hostile relationship with Tibet. So, The Ancient One’s ethnicity was changed to avoid a ban. Though Tilda Swinton shined as the Ancient One, accusations of whitewashing and pandering to China remained.
Thanos wasn’t so Magnanimous in the Comics
Wait, we never said Thanos was always magnanimous, but compared to the movies, we can say that the comics’ Thanos was crueler. Instead of conquest, Thanos used the Infinity Stones to kill billions to impress Mistress Death, the woman of his dreams. He later had some complex motives, but his love for Mistress Death was never lost. In the movies, Thanos is nothing but a madman with delusions of grandeur. He wanted to kill half the population of Earth to help us, but in the comics, he never had such “philanthropic” views; he just wanted to kill.
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