The 10 Greatest Comic Book Movies Made On Source Material

Comic books are a very popular medium. Every week, kids and adults alike travel to their local comic book store to sift through and check out their favorite comics to buy, sometimes choosing to try out a new one they’ve heard is coming out or maybe their cover has just caught their eye. The pursuit of floppy disk singles, trade paperback compilations, and graphic novels has not slowed down over the years. Instead, it has grown in popularity in the last decade or so exponentially and part of the reason for that is how easily the visual medium can be translated into live-action adaptations.

Related: Ranked best villains in comic book moviesHowever, not everything actually ends up translating from the comic book when it comes to the source material. Sometimes the writers and directors, and all the forces within a production studio, decide to change things up when it comes to live-action adaptations. Here are some of the biggest changes made to the comic book movie from the source material.

Today’s movie

10 Wanted (2008)

James McAvoy Wanted
Universal Pictures

wanted is a limited comic book series created by Mark Millar and JG Jones and published by Top Cow Productions. The original story is set in a world where supervillains have triumphed and taken over, making everyone forget that heroes ever existed. From there, the main character is introduced, a young man named Wesley. Wesley is so much a failure, everything that could go wrong from a socially acceptable perspective of him: his girlfriend cheats on him with his best friend, he gets bullied by a local gang, and his smelly job as a menial laborer in a garrett. However, that all changes one day when a killer named Fox kills everyone in a sandwich shop, then reveals to Wesley that he is being recruited to be a killer because his father was a famous killer.

One of the main differences between the comic book and the movie version is that in the comics, the world is run by supervillains, not killers. Wesley’s father is a supervillain killer and Wesley has inherited his son’s superhuman ability to kill. The difference in how the world was formed from the comics is directly related to the film’s premise that these supernatural killers have the ability to shoot curved bullets, a story convention completely absent from the comic book source material.

9 Captain America: Civil War (2016)

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Civil war It was a comic book event written by Mark Miller and illustrated by Steve McNiven for Marvel Comics, and mostly the story in the comics is similar to that of the movie, two warring sides of superheroes, one alongside Captain America and the other over Tony Stark, fight for a new government regulation regarding them . However, the first breakup occurs because many of the main characters present in the comic book event are not involved and do not appear on screen anywhere for the movie due to rights and licensing at the time. Additionally, the story uses the death of Black Panther’s father as a way to bring Black Panther into the MCU while also making the Winter Soldier the killer of Tony Stark’s father. Neither of these things happened during the Civil War comic book event.

8 Men in Black (1997)

Will Smith and Tommy Lee Jones in Men in Black
Sony Pictures launch

men in black is a comic book series created by Lowell Cunningham with art illustrated by Sandy Carruthers and originally published by Aircel Comics, later acquired by Malibu Comics, which was also purchased, but this time by Marvel Comics. Only six issues of the series were published, but when it became a movie, the success of the movie spawned several sequels and more spin-offs and one-shot comedies. However, subsequent post-film comics followed the changes made from the original comic to the live-action movie. in the source material, men in black He didn’t just investigate aliens And all things extraterrestrial, but also the supernatural. The film decided to focus on aliens rather than the supernatural. Then, by the film’s choice not to use the supernatural, one of the comic’s plot points was left out: a character named Agent Ecks becomes evil because he discovers that the Organization is deliberately hiding the supernatural from the world for its own sake. Earn, to reshape the world the way you want it.

7 Scott Pilgrim vs. The World (2010)

Michael Cera meets Mary Elizabeth Winstead in Scott Pilgrim Vs.  the scientist.
Universal Pictures

Originally Scott Pilgrim The graphic novels were a series that focused on a young slacker, a musician who plays bass who struggles with a delivery girl named Ramona Flowers. However, in order to date her peacefully, Scott Pilgrim has to fight and defeat Ramona’s seven exits. Scott Pilgrim was created by writer and artist Bryan Lee O’Malley, and needless to say, the graphic novel series is viewed as a literature classic when it comes to the comic book and graphic novel medium.

But his living adaptation, Scott Pilgrim vs. the scientist, change a few things. One of the most notable changes comes because at the time the film was made, the graphic novel’s source material had not yet finished. Therefore, the fight between Scott Pilgrim and Exis had to be streamlined, packing into several volumes of source material in two hours. Additionally, the main character, Scott Pilgrim, portrayed by Michael Cera in the film, chose to make Scott more awkward, whereas in the graphic novel series, he is less awkward and more evasive.

6 Logan (2017)

Hugh Jackman in Logan
Twentieth Century Fox

Logan As a film loosely derived from Old Logan A comic book series by the once again creative team of Mark Millar and Stephen McNiven. In the original source material, Old Logan It takes place in an alternate future of the Marvel Universe where supervillains have taken down heroes. The plot of the comic book story is similar to what we see in Logan in that it is a journey and/or destination story, but while the movie chose to use Professor X and incorporate the Laura Kinney character as the “new Wolverine”, the book’s source material has a blind Clint Barton aka Hawkeye. The pair travel to find Clint’s estranged daughter and readers are given a discourse about what happened to this world through flashbacks, disagreements with current enemies, and a mention of what happened and its aftermath. Similar to a very large extent Captain America: Civil Warand rights and license restrict a more direct adaptation.

5 Ghost World (2001)


Scarlett Johansson and Tora Birch in Ghost World
United Artists

ghost world is a graphic novel serialized and created by Daniel Clowes and published by Fantagraphics Books. It was a huge and much loved hit. The story follows teenagers Enid Coleslow and Rebecca Doppelmayer as they wander aimlessly through their post-high school lives, wondering what their lives will be like in the future. In the midst of their journey to nowhere, they critique pop culture and other cultures they encounter. the movie, ghost worldalso written by Daniel Close alongside Terry Zwigoff, underperformed at the box office but was critically acclaimed, even earning an Academy Award nomination for Best Adapted Screenplay.

The biggest change from the source material in ghost world Is the addition of a new character named Seymour. Clowes’ addition of Seymore was an amalgamation of other characters featured in the graphic novel/comic book series. In the movie, he plays a huge role in Enid’s story and gives the movie a focus that isn’t in the book.

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4 Spider-Man: Homecoming (2017)


Tom Holland in Spider-Man: Homecoming
Marvel Studios

Bringing Spider-Man into the MCU was harder than it should have been, but that’s what goes with maneuvering for rights and licenses. However, once the deal was finally done with Sony, which at the time had both of them, Spidey’s arrival saw the character not quite like in the comics. MCU’s Spider-Man is different From the comic book version Peter Parker is a high school teen while his comic book contemporaries are adults and save the world without him. This changes some of Spidey’s core elements and ultimately places his character in a mentor/student relationship with Iron Man. The impact of Spider-Man’s relationship with Iron Man a.k.a. Tony Stark in the MCU changes who Spider-Man is and his motivations as a superhero, and it’s clearly a scene in Spider-Man: Homecoming.

3 Kick Ass (2010)

Kick ass 2010

kick ass is a creator owned comic book series written again and again by Mark Millar. But this time his assistant was John Romita, Jr. Originally, it was published under Marvel’s imprint, Icon, but later republished by Image Comics. The story is about a teen who sets out to become a real-life superhero, but when his attempts reach the internet, he gets the attention of a crime family and a brutal battle takes place between the hero he wants to be (and the others who join him) and the mob.

While there are many similarities between the two, the comic and the movie, the main difference lies in the atmosphere and mood. The original source material is Definitively darker While kick ass As a film it has dark elements, but overall it displays a feel-good resolution to its protagonists. This was definitely not the case for the comic books.

2 Avengers: Age of Ultron (2015)


Avengers Age of Ultron in MCU Phase 2
Marvel Studios

Age of Ultron It was a comic book crossover event published by Marvel Comics that saw Hank Pym create Ultron, a robot that becomes sentient and continues its quest to conquer the world, eventually defeating the Avengers and other heroes. However, the hypothesis Avengers: Age of Ultron The film saw a major change in the source material. In the movie, Tony Stark and Bruce Banner create Ultron by using the Mind Stone, one of the Infinity Stones, to do so. Ultron’s goal in the movie was to police the world, alleviating the need for the Avengers or other heroes. However, Ultron’s directives change and the sentient robot gives itself the task of wiping out all of humanity for the betterment of the world.

1 Iron Man 3 (2013)

A scene from Iron Man 3
Walt Disney Studios

While the Man of the MCU movie does not follow one book or story in particular, but a collection of different stories, Iron Man 3 It saw a major change as one of the main villains in Iron Man was portrayed inaccurately. He was played by actor Ben Kingsley as a Middle Eastern-like terrorist leader who was really just a front for a real Mandarin. This never happened in the comics and the story used in the movie has become an issue for many fans. In the comic books, the Mandarin is a martial artist and holder of the Ten Rings. As a rival and benchmark for Tony Stark, he’s also a brilliant scientist.

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