Comics Versus Movies: Who’s Influencing Who?

By Mitch Nissen

Super heroes and comic book based properties currently, and for some time now, dominate film and television.

Some of these films and shows have stayed pretty close to the source material and others have not. Obviously some things have to change. Comic books and film are two very different mediums. Comic books can tell a story in ways that films never could. Certain aspects of comic books seem to work in film better than others. To be a filmmaker adapting a project like the psychedelic world of Doctor Strange or the wild and weird sci-fi adventures of the Guardians of the Galaxy must be daunting.

Whatever changes made during the adaptation process whether arbitrary or deliberate, big or small, can have effects elsewhere too.

When the first Blade movie debuted the film’s depiction of the character was somewhat different than the comic book counterpart. In the comics Blade’s abilities ranged from an extended life span, immunity to vampirism, and a sensitivity to light. After the film’s success the comic books changed Blade’s character to be more similar to the Daywalker persona from the film.

After the first X-Men film the characters in the comics began wearing black leather instead of the classic blue and yellow spandex. After Samuel L. Jackson played Nick Fury Marvel Comics’ eventually did away with the classic Nick Fury in favor of a new Fury more in line with the films. Loki’s hair changed from blonde to black and he’s now more of an anti-hero than a villain. And Scarlet Witch and Quicksilver’s origins as mutants have been retconned.

Credit: Marvel Comics

The changes go on ranging from drastic to insignificant, depending on one’s personal feelings towards the characters in question. Some changes are merely cosmetic like Hawkeye’s current costume. Then others are extreme, top to bottom overhauls, like Star-Lord.

These examples above are only a few of the adaptations Marvel Comics have implemented in an effort to portray their comic books and characters more in line with the films.

Let’s try and get inside the heads of the comic companies and guess their motivations.

Money. The cold reality of it all. Marvel and all the other comic book companies have to make money to survive. Expanding readership is how they make more money. If someone had just watched Captain America: The Winter Soldier and wanted to follow those same characters into comic books then Marvel would naturally want the characters on the page to reflect those of the film. A white Nick Fury and feathered wing Falcon may not go so far as to ensure a new reader.

Having the comic books reflect the films allows for a smooth transition between the two, and new audiences can follow the characters they loved in the films straight into the comic books.

Let’s expand this idea and say Marvel or DC rebooted their entire comic universes to be more in synch with the Go to the full article.

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