Posted by Trevor Norkey @trevornorkey
Writer, filmmaker, actor and film enthusiast.
Trevor Norkey

The Marvel Cinematic Universe is home to some of Hollywood's biggest movies, such as The Avengers, Iron Man and Guardians of the Galaxy. The enormous franchise is based on Marvel comics, using the characters and story arcs as their source material.

While the MCU is generally known for being true to the comics, but that is not true in all parts of the franchise. While one may argue that the changes Marvel made to some of their characters on-screen may benefit their respective films, these changes are still rather apparent for any comic lover. Here are 5 of the biggest comic-to-film changes in the MCU.

1. Black Widow's Accent

Image: Marvel Comics, Disney / Marvel Studios
Image: Marvel Comics, Disney / Marvel Studios

Natasha Romanoff, the former Russian assassin who became one of the Avengers' strongest fighters, speaks in a Russian accent in the comics. This actually makes sense for the character, considering her Russian background. Yet in the movies, she speaks in an American accent.

This change to the character was decided by director Jon Favreau when the character first appeared in Iron Man 2. Favreau's hope was that it would make Black Widow more alluring to the male viewers and I, as one of those male viewers, will admit that it worked.

2. Ultron's Origin

Image: Marvel Comics, Disney / Marvel Studio
Image: Marvel Comics, Disney / Marvel Studio

Avengers: Age of Ultron told the story of the Avengers' struggle to defeat Ultron, a sociopathic A.I. that had been created by Tony Stark. While Ultron being created by Stark worked well in the movie, creating strong parallels with Frankenstein, Ultron's origin was rather different in the comics.

Ultron was actually first created by Hank Pym, a.k.a. Ant-Man. This was actually quite interesting to see in the comics, as most of Ultron's moves weren't to purify the world, but to get revenge on his maker. In both variations, Ultron was designed as a peace-keeping machine. The difference is the film version seeks to complete his task, whereas the comic version only seeks revenge.

3. The Parentage of The Maximoff Twins

Image: Disney / Marvel Studios, Marvel Comics
Image: Disney / Marvel Studios, Marvel Comics

Age of Ultron also introduced Scarlet Witch and Quicksilver, the two enhanced twins that were created by Baron Strucker using Loki's scepter. In Captain America: The Winter Soldier, they were referred to as "miracles." In the comics, however, they weren't miracles - they were mutants.

This change was made because of a copyright issue, as Marvel Studios were able to use the characters, but were not allowed to use the term "mutant." In the comics, Scarlet Witch and Quicksilver were the mutant children of Magneto. However, even though Marvel Studios were not able to show this on-screen, FOX managed to do it by introducing their version of Quicksilver as Magneto's son in X-Men: Apocalypse.

4. Yellowjacket (Literally Everything About Him)

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Image: Disney / Marvel Studios, Marvel Comics

In last year's surprisingly entertaining film Ant-Man, the villain Darren Cross designed and wore the Yellowjacket suit, which was an even more powerful version of the Ant-Man suit. While this worked fine in the movie, it was radically different from the comics.

In the comics, Darren Cross was just a brief villain who kidnapped a doctor because he was sick. The cure worsened Cross's condition, causing him to puff and swell up, making him almost look like a pink version of the Hulk. Yellowjacket, however, was actually a suit designed by Hank Pym, serving as a replacement superhero identity after he was done being Ant-Man and Giant-Man.

5. The Pronunciation of T'Challa

Image: Marvel Comics, Disney / Marvel Studios
Image: Marvel Comics, Disney / Marvel Studios

Black Panther made his on-screen debut earlier this year in Captain America: Civil War, and is scheduled to receive his own movie in 2018. Civil War did a fantastic job of setting up Black Panther, perfectly introducing his royalty, his nation, his motives and his abilities. So what did Marvel mess up with him? His name.

Black Panther's actual name is T'Challa. In the film, they pronounced his name "Tu-Cha-La," which is exactly how it looks like it should be read. In the comics, however, his name is actually just pronounced "Cha-La," with the "T" being silent. Why was this change made? I would assume it would just be for simplicity to avoid having to explain the pronunciation. Overall, it's not an important change, but it is quite interesting to see that they got this character's name wrong.


There are countless other errors and changes in the MCU, such as Baron Strucker's arm and the fact that Hope Van Dyne was actually a villain in the comics. Nerds like me could go all day about how far the MCU strayed from the source material, but there is no point to it.

The changes above are some of the most prominent and, when it comes down to it, I am fine with all of them. Marvel Studios President Kevin Feige knew what he was doing when he produced these films, so I trust that every error was completely intentional and for good reason.

What do you think, though? Let me know in the comments, and thanks for reading!


Which change is your favorite?