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Thursday, July 25, 2019

How the Avengers should really look

Making the Impossible Possible

  • A superhero in the real world would be frightening. They are violent psychopath vigilante killers.
  • To have these psychopaths dress in outlandishly colorful "clown" costumes would reduce the the characters to comic 1960s Batman TV show status.
  • Kudos does need to be given to both Marvel and DC for toning down the costumes thus making the characters look more "normal" - - - as if a toned down Wonder Woman beating up an alien is normal. But at least it is entertaining.

(Looper)  -  The best thing about MCU Captain America is that he's undeniably classic Cap, even though his costume constantly changes in subtle ways. The most noticeable difference between first appearance Cap and today's Cap is the iconic shield. Originally, it was simply shield-shaped, before it evolved into the circular shield he uses today. 

Like most MCU costumes, Captain America is more tactical-looking that his comic origins, where he's often drawn wearing a scaly armor. Steve Rogers even simplified it for a while with a "Super Soldier" costume, dropping the flag-like stripes and adopting a new logo. And we've seen that look in the MCU, too.

In the pages of Marvel's comics, Vision is an android with a simple design: a bright red face, and a green and yellow costume. The whole thing is punctuated with a solar jewel at the tip of his widow's peak. Movie Vision is distinctly more robot-like, covered with patterns and unmistakably mechanical designs, as though someone wanted folks to be absolutely sure that this guy is a robot. The giant yellow comic book collar? Sadly missing.

The MCU shoehorned Vision into their universe with his first appearance in Avengers: Age of Ultron only by changing a ton of tiny details. While both versions are brought to life by Ultron, comic book Ultron was created by Ant-Man, not Tony Stark, meaning Vision's whole family tree is a bit different. Tony Stark actually gets way too much credit, especially since in the comics, Ultron just used an old robot body that had been laying around since the Golden Age. And while Vision's solar jewel is powerful, it's nothing like the Infinity Stone that his live-action counterpart wears.

What remains unchanged, however, is Vision's romantic interest in Scarlet Witch. In the comics, they get married. In the MCU, the relationship is only beginning to bud.

When the color of your costume is in your name, you can't really make too many wardrobe changes, but the MCU fabricated a far less revealing costume for their live-action Scarlet Witch. In the comics, she's in nothing but a low-cut bodysuit and a pointy headdress. Often enough, she's in far less. Fortunately for the MCU's MPAA rating, the on-screen costume of Scarlet Witch is more "autumn fashion collection" than "naughty magician's assistant."

The MCU rewrite of siblings Scarlet Witch and Quicksilver is purely a product of studio squabbles, and not some genius Hollywood plot twist. In the comics, the pair were born mutants—until their origin was retconned to make them genetic experiments, which is somehow different from mutants in comic terms. In the MCU, the pair are HYDRA experiments.

Comic book Scarlet Witch also has powers completely centered around cosmic "chaos magic," which has nothing to do with giving people mind-altering daymares. She can basically, and pretty inconsistently, change the probability of something happening. Good for Vegas, not always great at taking down an army of Ultrons.

Equally unrecognizable is Falcon, who couldn't possibly be more different in the MCU than he is in the comics. It's an over-the-top superhero costume: red and white, with enormous red wings and a plunging neckline that leaves a whole lot of unprotected bare chest. Top it off with a real pet Falcon and you have comics at their most ridiculous. 

MCU Falcon is a guy in army clothes and a set of highly-advanced, technical wings. Goggles look a whole lot cooler than that white facemask anyhow.

Falcon's comic history is surreal in ways that the MCU would never be able to handle. Rather than being a retired paratrooper, comic book Falcon is an ex-criminal who was mentally fused with a falcon by a cosmic-cube-wielding Red Skull…and like Aquaman on land, Falcon also has limited control over all birds, and can psychically see through their eyes. Try bringing that to the big screen without looking absolutely ridiculous.

If there's one on-screen Avenger who looks significantly different from his comic counterpart, it's Hawkeye. For the big screen, Clint Barton dropped his garish pointy mask and uniform for a more tactical look. The two Marvel universes converged a bit in 2012, when Hawkeye's comic costume was redesigned to look more like the film's version, and less like a scaly, purple Wolverine. There's a reason we never saw that old-school mask on the big screen, either in Avengers or X-Men: it's ridiculous.

Both versions of Hawkeye are really good at shooting arrows, for whatever that's worth, and both are former agents of SHIELD. It's revealed that movie Hawkeye has maintained a secret family, while all comic book Hawkeye has maintained are romantic relationships with Black Widow and Mockingbird, a.k.a. Bobbi Morse. The latter appeared on Agents of SHIELD for awhile, but in a completely separate relationship, diverging the two universes once again.

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