Adapting a book into a live-action movie is not everyone’s cup of tea. It isn’t a business of mere copy-pasting because what we read may not necessarily be engaging on the screen in the same way. Moreover, the filmmakers cannot fit the entire book in 2.5-hours of the movie. So the creative team has to sit together for days and tweak the story according to the script. It is influenced by a lot of factors like the costume, characters, audience, etc. But there are some specific scenes from the source material that were not changed at all. They ended up becoming iconic since the readers could watch their favorite comic book moments being recreated. We bring to you the legendary moments in the MCU that were directly taken from the pages.
1. Captain America: The First Avenger
The cover page of Captain America #1 where the Cap landed a hard fist on Hitler stirred up a lot of heat and controversy during 1941 in real life, at the peak of World War II. The creators were threatened by the Führer’s supporters. Luckily, the senator was a fan of superhero stories back then who promised protection to the comic book creators.
But almost 70 years later, MCU confidently recreated the political scene in Captain America: The First Avenger where Steve knocked out Hitler on the stage.
2. Spider-Man: Homecoming
The lovable friend of Tom Holland’s Peter Parker in Homecoming, Ned Leeds accidentally destroys his Legos upon discovering Spidey’s real identity. It reminded the comic book fans of the time when Miles Morales’ friend Ganke Lee dropped his Legos on learning that his friend was Spider-Man.
3. Iron Man 2
Tony Stark’s stylish superhero landing in Iron Man 2 during the Stark Expo was a memorable scene. It was mirrored from Iron Man’s famous landing on the cover page of Invincible Iron Man #76. This image was visualized and created by artist Adi Granov.
4. Spider-Man 3
Sam Raimi’s Spider-Man 3 couldn’t enthrall the fans the way it did in the first film. Right from Tobey Maguire’s wild portrayal to Topher Grace’s Eddie Brock, everything was out of place. But we have to applaud it for capturing one significant comic book detail- Venom symbiote’s allergy from church bells. In the film, the symbiote crawls off Peter Parker’s body on the church bell tower to merge with Eddie Brock. It resembled the part from the comics, Web of Spider-Man #1 of 1985 where church bells caused it to get off Peter Parker.
5. Captain America: The Winter Soldier
One of the most mind-boggling plot twists in The Winter Soldier was the revelation of Arnim Zola’s immortal existence in a computer. He was introduced as a scientist under the Nazis and Red Skull during World War II in Captain America: The First Avenger.
He reappeared after 70 years during the events of Captain America: The Winter Soldier by uploading his consciousness in a computer. It was inspired by the #208 issue in 1977 where Arnim transferred his consciousness into a robot to continue with his work in the future as well.
6. Avengers: Infinity War
The awesome moment when the young and newest member of the Avengers, Spider-Man managed to blindfold the Mad Titan with his web like a pigeon shit was faithfully recreated from the source material.
In Infinity Gauntlet #4, Peter Parker shot his webs on Thanos’ eyes before being murdered by the villain’s servant.
7. Black Panther
Black Panther had two famous moments that were replicas of the comic book chapters. One of them was the iconic point when Killmonger managed to wound T’Challa and throw him off the Warrior Falls.
It mirrored a moment in Jungle Action #6 of 1973 where Killmonger’s leopard attacked T’Challa before the villain tossed him over the waterfalls.
In another sequence, Black Panther fearlessly hopped over an armored rhino to stop it from wreaking havoc on Wakanda.
It was inspired by Jungle Action #9 where the hero climbed on an angry rhino to save a kid from its wrath.
8. Captain America: Civil War
Even though Captain America: Civil War was far from faithfully adapting the source material, it did capture some scenes the way they were. One of the best moves during the airport scene was Hawkeye launching the nano Ant-Man into Iron-Man’s armor via arrow.
It was recreated from the pages when Hawkeye shot Ant-Man the same way to infiltrate Taskmaster’s weapon.
Another scene mirrors the cover page of the source material that the movie is based on. Yes, we are referring to the iconic fight scene between the greatest Avengers, Iron Man, and Captain America. This moment is deeply engraved in the history of Marvel Comics which is why the MCU didn’t dare tweak it in any way.
9. Thor: Ragnarok
Just like in the film, Gladiator Hulk existed on the pages where he participated in gladiator matches on another planet to please its ruler. However, he had a bigger role in the books since he defeated and brought down the tyrant of the planet.
The movie version, on the other hand, was merely a plot twist and a comedy relief.
10. Doctor Strange
The mere thought of Doctor Strange reminds us of the trippy visuals more than the Sorcerer Supreme.
The signature neon multi-dimensions with the special effects were inspired by comic book artist Steve Ditko’s dreamy creations for Doctor Strange issues.