One day, all the main actors of MARVEL will have completed their contracts and moved on to do other movies. We’ll be left with Loki, Bucky, and Sam, whose actors have 9-movie contracts but who have all only been in 3 movies each.
When that time comes we will get a new series of MARVEL movies…
Bucky and Sam vs. Loki: This Guy Again
Sam and Loki vs. the Winter Soldier: Why Are We Still Here
Sam vs Bucky: Who Will be the Next Captain America? (Hint: It’s Loki)
Of course, Robert Downey Junior’s contract will never end because there can never be another Tony Stark in our lifetimes. Maybe he’ll get to judge who will be America’s Next Top Captain. “You call that Captain America? Come on, you haven’t even jumped out of a window yet! Show me some self-righteous bullheadedness, boys.”
Let’s start this off right, by comparing the crux of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, The Avengers,to the team’s first appearance in The
Avengers #1, in 1963, with references to The Ultimates.
Spoilers Ahead! Duh.
I outline in detail what brought the team together later in
this post, but who is perhaps more important than why.
In both The Avengers and
The Ultimates, the team comes
together as the result of the actions of the Hulk. However, they differ in that
Ant-Man decided that the happenstance meeting of the original roster was a sign
that they should work together in The
Avengers #1, while Nick Fury was the creator of a government-sponsored
strikeforce that would become The Ultimates.
From this, we can see that the origin in The Avengers, is much closer to its
Ultimate Universe tale.
The original comic book roster of The Avengers is much
different to the one which we saw in the 2012 hit movie. Both rosters are
Comic Book: Iron Man, Thor, Hulk, Ant-Man, The
Film: Iron Man, Thor, Hulk, Captain America,
Black Widow, Hawkeye
So, while Iron Man, Thor and Hulk are common between the
two, we see that three of the most popular members were in fact not present;
Captain America, Black Widow and Hawkeye. As well as that, Ant-Man and The Wasp
are only being introduced to the MCU in this August’s Ant-Man.
America: Steve Rogers would not join the team until The Avengers #4, when the team discovered him in that famous ice
floe. The difference lies in the when; Captain America was seen to be found and
revived at the end of Captain America:
The First Avenger, and then joined the team with everyone else in The Avengers.
Widow: Natasha Romanoff would not join the team until much later in the
timeline, namely The Avengers #111.
She joined after Clint Barton broke her out of the brainwashing that the Red
Room had inflicted upon her, embracing her role as a costumed heroine. With
Black Widow being an Agent of S.H.I.E.L.D. in Iron Man 2, and most likely aiding Nick Fury in the creation of the
Avengers Initiative, she plays a much different role than she did in the
Barton joined The Avengers in The
Avengers #16, after the rest of the team resigns. In the comics, he began
as a reluctant criminal, which could draw parallel to his mind control at the
hands of Loki in the film.
However, a distinction must be made here in that The Avengers took much inspiration from
The Ultimates, the Ultimate Universe
parallel to the team. Given thatthe
movie takes inspiration from the entirety of Volume 1, the full team from the
movie can be seen, however Giant-Man and The Wasp are present.
The central threat of The
Avengers is Loki Laufeyson, adopted brother of Thor, backed up by the alien
race, The Chitauri.
Loki being the first villain that the Avengers face is
something that the movie has in common with the comics. In the original
storyline, Loki manipulated The Hulk into destroying a railway line in an
attempt to take revenge on his brother. He would attempt to manipulate Thor and
The Hulk into fighting one another. However, Ant-Man, Wasp and Iron Man all
responded to the chaos, which led to the initial formation of the team. We see
parallels to the film in these events. Loki, being the catalyst of the conflict
itself, was also motivated by revenge, and manipulated the Hulk into rampaging
through the helicarrier and battling Thor.
As for the Chitauri, they
originated in The Ultimates, as a
shape-shifting race not dissimilar from the Skrull. They are clearly much
different from the Chitauri of the film, who are seen to be merely
footsoldiers, with no shape-shifting capabilities or autonomy.
So, in conclusion, The
Avengers mixes elements from the standard Earth-616 (Mainstream) Universe
as well as The Ultimate Universe. While those worlds can be very different at
times, it does appear that a mesh of their elements can function very well for
this Marvel Cinematic Universe.
That ends our first iteration of Comics Vs. Film. What do
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