10 MCU Moments Better Than Their Comic Origin

Marvelous movie moments that rise above their comic book beginnings...

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The MCU is a modern-day miracle of cinema, with its expansive nature, interconnected narratives and likeable and aspirational characters entertaining audiences, impressing critics and shattering box-office records since the release of the first Iron Man movie in 2008 and showing no signs of stopping even after the end of the Infinity Saga.

Due to its influence, characters who were once considered to be in the B-list such as Iron Man and Black Panther are now household names and various actors with the first name of Chris are nearly at the top of the Hollywood mountain. However, it would be amiss of anyone to ignore that the comic books that inspired this massive franchise. Seminal Marvel storylines such as the Infinity Gauntlet, Demons in a Bottle, and Planet Hulk have inspired all of the MCU films to varying levels of success.

But it hasn't always been a case of pure adaptation, as the MCU tends to steer away from the source material to throw in some shocks. And frankly, the films have on more than one occasion surpassed their source material and turned cheesy, problematic, or otherwise dull moments into gems that added to their movies' overall entertainment value and quality.

10. The Birth Of The Vision

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The MCU's resident android powerhouse/sweater-loving chef's origin in the movies is significantly more grandiose and relevant to the Infinity Saga's story than the comic iteration. Both versions are creations of the villainous Ultron to be used in his goal to destroy Earth's mightiest heroes.

However, the differences lie in the Vision's powerset, creation, change in allegiance, and motivations. The comic book Vision was specifically created to kill Ultron's creator, Hank Pym/the first Ant-Man but had a change of heart after an encounter with Janet van Dyne (the Wasp). The film version is also a creation of Ultron but he was designed to be the AI's final form, complete with an Infinity Stone and vibranium body.

What separates MCU Vision from his comic counterpart is how his being and creation represents an aspect of the core Avengers team. His synthetic body is lined with vibranium just like Captain America's shield, his personality is reminiscent of Jarvis, Iron Man's trusty AI system and he is brought to life by Thor's lightning. The presence of the Mind Stone in his forehead further ties him to the films' greater narrative, giving him a level of importance rarely seen in the comics.


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