An extremely important aspect about the Marvel Universe that is always forgotten, is that there shouldn’t be a continuity between the comics and the films. It’s not just me saying it, Marvel did.
Marvel Comics publisher Dan Buckley explained that the portrayals we have see in the MCU have had an effect on comics but that attempting to align the continuity would be madness.
“There’s no way that these movies, which are seen by millions of people, are not influencing what we’re doing in the books, but we’re not looking to align continuity between the two storytelling worlds because, frankly, that would be a venture into madness,” Buckley told ICv2.
It’s true. Imagine the comic book writers and the film producers trying to align the continuity of their works; it would be a nightmare!
If you change the comics to align to the films, then you would have to adapt a universe that has been going for a long time (and some have multi-verses). If you adapt the films to the comics, then you would have to add a lot of material to set backstories otherwise you would be oh so lost. That would take a lot of money and there’s just not enough screen time. So glad they are aware of that.
He used two examples: the portrayal of Cerebro in X-Men, and our beloved Thor.
Buckley said, “Let’s go back to 12 years ago. We all remember picking up our X-Men books in the 70s, 80s, and 90s. The Professor would go in to put Cerebro on and he’d wear a helmet in a room, and whatever room that was and whatever it looked like was up to the artist du jour. But that room now, after the X-Men movie when he rolled into that big open area with the metallic globe that he is sitting inside of with the ramp, and then he puts the helmet on, you go into a Marvel comic now and that’s what that room looks like. The movie defined the mass market perception of what Cerebro looks like. The comics guys are looking at it and thinking, “That’s pretty cool, I think I’ll do that!” So, to say that one medium does not influence the other a great deal would be lying.
Buckley continued with his Thor example. He said, “I’ll give an example for Thor. When Kirby kicked off Thor, it was sci-fi. If you look back at that material he drew with Thor, it was from his imagination. The outfits looked very sci-fi, for lack of a better term. Through the years, through a variety of different artists’ influences, and from their own imaginations, I’d say it felt more like Norse mythology or The Lord of the Rings. But now the movie’s come back. The feeling of what Asgard looks like (where Thor is from) feels more sci-fi again because we leaned into that with the movie.”
Marvel has been heavily criticized for not respecting many aspects of the characters when adapting them to the big screen. I see no problem. The reason is not everything in the comics works for the big screen, especially if you want a quality product that won’t look cartoonish. Plus, it helps create a mythology for the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
In the end, it doesn’t matter how much criticism they get, people still buy the comics, watch the movies, and enjoy both. And they also complement each, making us go wild when we see things from the comics on the big screen and vice-versa.
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