7 Of The MCU’s Darkest Moments That Didn’t Happen In The Comics
With nearly fifteen years of movies and TV shows under the Marvel Cinematic Universe banner, there are countless examples of Marvel Studios using source material as inspiration and taking entire stories, characters, situations and more straight from Marvel Comics.
Perhaps surprisingly though, some of the biggest and darkest MCU moments we’ve had to endure over the years weren’t based on anything from the comics, but were created by various writers over the years, who clearly seem to want to do harm. us more than the comics ever did. Here are seven of the darkest and most disturbing moments to date…
No Soul Stone Sacrifice Required
The Soul Stone is one of the most expensive stones Thanos gets his hands on, requiring sacrifice before allowing the person pursuing it to obtain it. As Red Skull says “A soul for a soul”. We see this play out once in Avengers: Infinity War and Avengers: Endgame, with Thanos throwing Gamora off the cliff and then Natasha making sure she made the sacrifice before Hawkeye did the same.
In the comics though, it was a much simpler affair with Thanos simply ripping it out of the In-Betweener’s head and that’s without killing it! A lot less drama and a lot less deaths involved.
Meredith Quill does not have a brain tumor
James Gunn drastically altered the origin story of our MCU Peter Quill, Ego’s son, as shown in the second Guardians movie, rather than J’son, the Emperor of Spartax. With this change came a major change needed in the death of his mother, as she was killed in the comics (and last year’s fantasy game) by some members of the Badoon alien race in their attempts to eliminate the last remnants of the Spartax line.
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Instead, she received the ever more dignified death of a brain tumor later discovered by Ego in his attempt to create the perfect child for him, so he essentially had company to rule the universe.
John Walker is not going to full bloody decapitation in broad daylight
John Walker is exactly what he seems to be Falcon and the Winter Soldier, a demented and morally bankrupt version of Steve Rogers. A character who revels in the violence he’s indebted to as much as he glorifies being the next Captain America, he’s a pretty accurate version of the comic book character, save for the violence and rage in the scene where he basically loses it in daylight, beheading someone, doesn’t happen nearly as badly in the comics.
Captain America doesn’t have a sad goodbye before being frozen
We all remember the heartbreaking, heartbreaking conversation between Steve and Peggy at the height of Captain America: The First Avenger, where Steve arranges a date with Peggy while making sure the plane carrying the bomb falls into the ice, before their radio conversation is interrupted by the plane hitting the ice. Cap is then on the ice for the next few decades, before being tracked down and thawed out to fight in The Avengers.
In the comics, it was a far less emotional affair, with Cap’s disappearance after World War II merely a convenient storytelling device used by Lee and Ditko when they brought the character back after a twenty-year hiatus. years, as the original release of the character had lost popularity. .
Hawkeye was not brainwashed to kill by Loki
Hawkeye has been around for years in the comics at this point, with various iterations and storylines involving him slowly making their way into the MCU. However, the one that is a creation of the MCU is the brainwashing and corruption at the hands of Loki in The Avengers. Hawkeye has been brainwashed in the comics, but not with the same bloodthirsty, close-to-Earth ending lengths we see in the movie.
Wanda and Pietro don’t have to stare at a Stark’s Industries bomb for days
Over the years, there have been a few different versions of the origins of the twins, but none of them involved the two twins lying under rubble staring at an unexploded bomb with Stark Industries stuck to the side. Whereas Wanda vision did a fantastic job of fleshing out the character and his motivations, this particular story was completely original, clearly based on his Stark hatred of Age of Ultron. To be fair, the backstory episode of Wanda vision where we saw all of these events take place was the best of the series, so it’s a good thing they included it.
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Vision is not killed by Wanda as a game of sacrifice
An unsurprisingly regular occurrence in the MCU, heroes are all too willing to throw themselves under the bus and sacrifice themselves if they think it will benefit the greater good. Whether it’s Tony snapping his fingers, Natasha throwing herself off a cliff, or any number of other times, the heroes have shown themselves to be willing to risk it all.
Vision added himself to this list when he convinced Wanda to kill him, knowing that she is the only one with the power to destroy the Mind Stone in her head that Thanos is looking for, he persuades her to kill the only person ‘she left and loves more than anything. Of course, we all know that’s no use, because Thanos goes back in time and takes the stone anyway.
There will undoubtedly be more and more moments in the MCU that are the creation of the writers and nothing to do with the comics, and that’s a good thing. Some deviations from the source material will keep fans guessing and prevent everything from being predictable for even the most diehard comic book fans.