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15 Marvel Cinematic Universe Influenced Changes To Marvel Comics

As comicbook fans have witnessed, the immense popularity of the Marvel Cinematic Universe has influenced the medium that birthed its most famous tales.


As such, the term “source material” has become blurred as the massive MCU and Marvel Comics play with story elements and, in turn, impact each other. Here is a list of 15 ways that the MCU has influenced the comicbook universe.

The Inhumans

The MCU’s inability to add the X-Men, due to Fox’s previous ownership of the franchise, has led to the Inhumans taking precedent in the Marvel media world. All the while, the comicbooks have been pushing the Terragen Mist crusaders for half a decade. However, now that Disney has acquired Fox’s media properties, there’s a good chance the X-Men will enter the MCU soon.

Guardians Of The Galaxy

Guardians of the Galaxy director James Gunn has given the mighty Star-Lord and his team from the comicbooks a cinematic makeover, injecting them with humor. The comics have begun mirroring the roster from the GOTG films, riding the wave of their popularity with a similar style of writing.

Superhero Teams Based On The Films

In the comicbooks, the Avengers have always been a rotating group of heroes that have sworn to protect the Earth. More recently, the roster from the comics has started to resemble the heroes in the MCU. For instance, 2012’s Avengers Assemble saw Brian Michael Bendis and Mark Bagley working on the first eight issues, featuring a similar team to the one from the Marvel Studios films.

The Defenders

In the comics, the original team of Defenders consisted of powerful heroes like Hulk, Doctor Strange, and Silver Surfer. However, a massive line-up such as that wouldn’t have been productive for the Netflix series. The name of the super-powered team was, instead, adopted by a different group of “street level” heroes, namely Jessica Jones, Daredevil, Luke Cage, and Iron Fist.

Pepper Potts

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Pepper Potts previously lacked depth in the comicbooks, but that changed after Gwyneth Paltrow’s portrayal and on-screen chemistry with Robert Downey Jr.’s Tony Stark. The comicbook representation would eventually incorporate a suit of armor for her use, as she subsequently went by the moniker Rescue.

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