Avengers: The Comics vs. The MoviesEdit

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This wiki is to provide general information about Marvel's blockbuster hit, and the comics printed under the same name.

  • The Avengers
  • The Avengers, Earth's Mightiest Heroes
  • Avengers Assemble

The MovieEdit

    Loki of Asgard approaches the leader of the Chitauri, the Other asking to have an army to take over Earth. The Other promises Loki that if he can retrieve the Tesseract, a powerful energy source, then he shall give Loki his army. Nick Fury, director of the S.H.I.E.L.D, arrives with Maria Hill to a research facility to meet with Dr. Erik Selvig who is leading a research team that is experimenting on the  Tesseract. The Tesseract has been radiating with unusual energy. It then suddenly opens a wormhole, allowing Loki to reach earth. Loki takes the Tesseract and uses his scepter to enslave Slevig and other agents in the lab, including Hawkeye.
    Fury then reactivates the avengers initiative, which brings together superheroes to create a super team. Black widow goes to Calcutta to recruit Bruce Banner, or also known as the hulk, to help track the gamma radiation emissions of the Tesseract. 

Phil Coulson meets with tony stark to recruit him and have him review Selvig’s research. Fury approaches Captain America to have him retrieve the Tesseract.

    While under Loki’s control, Hawkeye then steals iridium, which can be used to stabilize the Tesseract’s power. Loki creates a distraction with Captain America, Iron Man and Black Widow while this is happening.  The fight ends with Loki’s surrender, he is then taken back to S.H.E.I.L.D. While being taken back to S.H.E.I.L.D, Thor frees him and tries to convince him to stop his plans and return to Asgard. Thor offers to Captain America and Iron Man to take Loki to the aircraft carrier. He is imprisoned there while the Hulk and Iron Man plan to track the Tesseract.  Avengers become divided about Loki’s plans to take over humanity and S.H.E.I.L.D’s intentions to use the tesseract as a weapon to use against alien attacks on the Earth. Loki’s minions attack the helicopter, disable its engines in flight and caused banner to transform into the Hulk. Iron man and captain America try to restart the engine while Thor tries to stop the Hulk’s rampage. After getting knocked by Black Widow, Hawkeye is then broken from Loki’s mind control. Loki kills Coulson and then escapes the aircraft. He ejects Thor from the aircraft while hulk falls to the ground after attacking a S.H.I.E.L.D. fighter jet. Coulson’s death motivates the Avengers into finally working together as a team. Loki realizes that in order to defeat the Avengers, he must overpower them to put him as ruler of the Earth. While using the Tesseract and Selvig’s device, Loki opens a wormhole above the Stark Tower, located in New York City, so the Chitauri army can invade Earth. Thousands of Chitauri descend on New York and the Avengers are quickly overwhelmed. At last, Hulk arrives to New York and all the Avengers are together to defeat the Chitauri and protect the citizens of New York. Hulk then finds Loki and then defeats him. While all this is happening, Black Widow made it to the top of Stark Tower to where Selvig and the wormhole generator sit. Selvig reveals that Loki’s scepter can be used to deactivate the generator. Nick Fury then sends a nuclear missile in the hopes to ending the invasion. Iron Man then takes control of the nuclear missile and then directs it toward the wormhole at the oncoming Chitauri army. The missile explodes destroying the mothership of the Chitauri, cutting off the wormhole connecting to Earth. Iron Man’s suit runs out of power causing him to fall through the wormhole as Black Widow closes it. As Iron Man is falling, the Hulk catches him from crashing to the ground. After the battle ended, Thor returned Loki and the Tesseract to Asgard. Nick Fury then explains how confident he is that the Avengers will return when called. The Other converses with his master about how the attack on Earth failed due to the strength of humanity. The final scene is the Avengers eating in silence at a Shawarma restaurant.

The Comics: The Avengers, Earth's Mightiest Heroes; Avengers Assemble!Edit

    The Avengers was based off of the comic series “The Avengers, Earths Mightiest Heroes.” There was also another comic series that manifested after the Avengers movie, released in 2012, became wildly popular called “Avengers Assemble.” The two comics are similar in characters, yet have very different ways that they each individually came to be called official members of The Avengers.
    “The Avengers, Earths Mightiest Heroes.” Published in the 1950’s, was what the movie was based off of, while “Avengers Assemble”, was based on the movie itself. In “The Avengers, Earths Mightiest Heroes” the original founders of the organization were Ant Man also known as Giant Man and Yellow Jacket, The Wasp, The Hulk, Thor, and Iron Man. (Comic Vine: The Avengers) In the original series, The Hulk quit the team in the 1st issue after getting fed up with the rest of the member’s judgment about his inability to control his power. Captain America didn’t join the team until the 14th issue of the comic. After Captain America joined, he was given original founder status in place of The Hulk. (Comic Vine: The Avengers) This is completely different than the series “Avengers Assemble”, whose founders are Thor, Iron Man, Hawkeye, Black Widow, and the Hulk. Since the movie didn’t include Ant Man or The Wasp as founders, neither did the comic series that came after it. (Beard: Comics versus film: ‘The Avengers”) The reason the movie didn’t include The Wasp was because they specifically wanted Scarlett Johansson to play the female role. She had already taken the identity of Black Widow in Iron Man 2, so, in result, The Wasp was replaced with her character Black Widow.( The Avengers: Comics vs. the Movie) ”Avengers Earths Mightiest Heroes” Nick Fury, the head of S.H.E.I.L.D, was originally white. In “Avengers Assemble” however, Nick Fury was specifically modeled to resemble Samuel L. Jackson who was black in order to keep the movie and the comic series similar (The Avengers: Comics vs. the Movie).

Compare and ContrastEdit

Like many other comics book series that became movies there have been a few things changed between the translation from pages to the big screen. To break it down, the movies' main characters are; Captain America/Steve Rodgers, Iron Man/Tony Stark, Hawkeye/Clint Barton , Black Widow/Natasha Romanoff , The Hulk/Bruce Banner, Loki, Thor, and Nick Fury. Iron Man throughout the comics was more of a no-nonsense type of guy, he did not play around when it came to business, “Almost like DC's Bruce Wayne, but without the sadness” (The Avengers: Comics VS. The Movie, ACVM). Robert Downey Jr.'s Iron Man is more of an arrogant, stuck up guy, always ready with a cheesy one-liner, while the comics' Iron Man is bringing the firepower (ACVM). Nick Fury in the comics was cigar smoking WWII veteran that turned into a secret agent with a lot of experience. Samuel L. Jackson's Nick Fury was almost modeled specifically after Jackson just so that he would take the role, which ended up working (ACVM). Physicist Bruce Banner turning into The Hulk was the result of an experiment going off course. The personality of Banner has changed through out the comics, to different degrees, accepting his fate, or attempting to run from it. Mark Ruffalo, actor, portrays Banner as someone who is deemed with a terrible curse, which worked well for the movies. Black Widow is a spider with a bite, she was first introduced into the Marvel Universe (movie-wise) during the second Iron Man movie. She played the role of a double agent acting with S.H.I.E.L.D. to help Stark to face the two protagonists of the film. Yet, in the comics, Black Widow was more against The Avengers than with them, being a Russian spy (ACVM).  Thor, in Nordic Mythology and in Marvel Comics is the god of lightning. He also has an extremely complicated relationship with his brother Loki, which is very similar between the comics and the movies. Hawkeye in the comics is a rather thug-like person, willing to do anything to win the heart of Black Widow, including helping her with her missions against Iron Man (ACVM). In the movie he starts off being taken over by Loki, and thus, not a large part of his personality is really shown. Captain America, the man out of time, is a natural born leader, just in the wrong body. He starts off as a scrawny little guy (Captain America: The First Avenger) and is biologically transformed into an ideal soldier. Later being found by S.H.I.E.L.D. in the ice, and is shown to be the founding member, along with Nick Fury, of The Avengers. Yet, in the comics, Steve Rodgers is found in the ice by The Avengers, and eventually they absorbed him into the team.  

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