The Marvel Cinematic Universe has been around for 7 years now and it has made a big impact on popular culture. Many other companies are now striving to build their own cinematic universe having seen the success of this. This means more movies for us which is great... but something is wrong.
One thing that I've noticed over the years since the MCU debuted is its impact on other Marvel universes. Like television and even the comics themselves. To make themselves more popular, these universes are trying to mirror the MCU and when you look into it, it's becoming very obvious.
This is an image of Iron Man in the Extremis Storyline which debuted in 2005, the cover of Iron Man Vol 5 #1 which debuted in 2013 and screenshot of Iron Man as he appears in the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
When you compare the three images, you can tell a lot of differences with the first image and a lot of similarities between the second and third armour. I'd like to point out the second image was originally red and gold but was changed because Tony used the black and gold armour in that comic.
No shoulder pads, circular arc reactor, straight edged mask, thicker eyes, bulky fingers. It's clear that this armour was made to look very similar to the suit that can be found in the movies that we love so dearly. Unfortunately, Tony wasn't the only armoured hero that has changed...
James Rhodes had become the Iron Patriot a little while ago in the comics and the similarities between his armour and the one in the movie is beyond disturbing. He even has the rectangular arc reactor with the star points coming out of it and the same damn gun on his back. Rhodey wasn't even associated with the Iron Patriot until around the time that Iron Man 3 came out.
Then you look at the original Iron Patriot costume and it barely has any resemblance to Rhodey's costume. This was clearly a complete adaptation of the armour with no new design parts.
Congratulations Marvel, that costume change was REALLY subtle. If I hadn't thoroughly analysed these images, the thought that Star Lord's costume changed to look like the movie wouldn't have even been considered. Bravo!
Darren Cross was one of Scott Lang's first villains and was therefore used in the 2015 Ant-Man film. In the comics, he died shortly after in 1979. But he got resurrected and fought Scott Lang once more. When you might ask? Two months before the film came out.
And it's not just the comics that are changing for the movies, it's television as well. A fan favourite show called The Avengers: Earth's Mightiest Heroes was cancelled to make way for a new show called Avengers Assemble. Let's see what's going on with this.
One of the key plot points of the first season was Red Skull obtaining the Tesseract. The Tesseract is an item that debuted in the Marvel Cinematic Universe and is based on the Cosmic Cube. But is it called the Cosmic Cube on the show? Nope, just the Tesseract.
Only shortly before the release of Avengers: Age Of Ultron, the infamous android showed up on Avengers Assemble and was a major villain for several episodes. What happened shortly after? Ant-Man showed up and not just any Ant-Man, the Scott Lang Ant-Man. Hank Pym isn't even mentioned on the show. Let's take a look at the costume:
While there are some differences between the costumes, we can definitely agree that the animated costume looks a lot more like the one in the film instead of the comics version.
This is just a few of the examples I could find. Just because one thing is more popular than the other doesn't mean you should start copying it. There should be some originality and creativity with these things instead of being the MCU's b*tch. Have a good day!