8 Massive Franchises You Didn't Realise Started As Comic Books

Iron Man, X-Men and... The Smurfs?!

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As a result of the success of the Marvel and DC Cinematic Universes, comic book movies have never been more popular and it has become hard to imagine a world without them.

With film adaptations of some of the most obscure comic books like Guardians of the Galaxy becoming box-office behemoths, a successful adaptation can quickly become extremely lucrative both for studios and for comic book publishers.

However, these adaptations can often prove to be a double-edged sword, with some creators failing to reap the rewards having produced the basis of a successful Hollywood blockbuster.

Whether it be a case of the adaptation diverging so far from the original, the franchise being rebooted so many times the origins are lost or even filmmakers failing to provide any nods to their inspiration, there are many ways that a cult comic can be relegated to live in the shadow of their adaptation.

From some of the most iconic cartoon characters of all time to some of the most well-known film franchises, it seems as if there is no escape from the power of Hollywood - even as it overshadows the source material entirely.


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