captain america vs loki

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)

Originally posted by gifystuff

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.”

@drdragonfireprincess @shyheadbanger

Comics Vs. Film: The Avengers

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.

The Origin:

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 Team:

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 listed below:

  • Comic Book: Iron Man, Thor, Hulk, Ant-Man, The Wasp
  • 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.

  • Captain 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.
  • Black 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 comics.
  • Hawkeye: Clint 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 that the 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 Threat:

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 you want me to compare next time? Reblog or comment with your suggestion, and I’ll be happy to compare whatever you guys want. Or if you want to submit some content, use the tag, ‘Comics vs. Film Wednesday’!