There is a standing rule when it comes to licensed or tie-in comics: they tend to suck. However, what happens when a bad or mediocre movie gets the same treatment? Can tie-in comics clear that bar and actually be better than their source material?
In most cases, no. They're either direct adaptations which can be roughly on par with the original, or they're just quick cash-grabs designed solely to cash in on the success of a given project. Though, with the right creative team and a little bit of luck, the right comic can not only be perfectly adequate, but excel to even heighten the source material itself.
With a handful to choose from, here are the 10 comics that actually redeemed bad movies!
10. Iron Man 2: Agents Of S.H.I.E.L.D.
It is blasphemous now to mention the rocky start the Marvel Cinematic Universe got off to but it's true. For the longest time, Iron Man 2 was considered a legitimately bad film. Even today, it is either regarded as a necessary evil or an under-appreciated masterpiece like everything else in the MCU.
Regardless, a weak point of the film was the prominent role put on S.H.I.E.L.D. without any development being given to those agents.
This three-story anthology tie-in focuses on the very heart of Tony Stark's relationship with S.H.I.E.L.D., as he watches them while Nick Fury assigns an agent to watch him. Then there's some Phil Coulson fun. The final story is about Black Widow infiltrating Stark Industries and ends when the film finally introduces her as Natalie Rushman.
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