5 Primary MCU Avengers Most Different From Their Comic Counterparts

When it comes to the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU), the inspiration behind each scintillating spectacle can be found in the comics; however, that does not mean the narratives and characters have been transferred to the screen without adjustment. As we know, due to legalities concerning other studios, as well as a need for differing expressions between print and video, the MCU has taken liberties with the Avengers source material . 

Avengers: Endgame
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While some characters remain quite true to their comic book counterparts — notably Tony Stark and Steve Rogers — when accounting for origin stories, skill sets, disposition, and more  — some characters have faced some major alterations. Below, please find the five primary Avengers who seem the most different on the silver screen. 

1. Hawkeye 

Unfortunately, the MCU virtually robs Hawkeye of the grandeur inherent to his character in the comics. This is not to say that the filmic interpretation is weak; rather, the character is just less impressive — with a less intriguing backstory — in the MCU.

In the comics, Hawkeye has been a villain and a superhero throughout time, and he has been on multiple teams. From the Thunderbolts to the Defenders, he fought side-by-side with several other heroes and villains in addition to the Avengers. He also had romantic flings with Black Widow and Spider-Woman. While the MCU is working to develop Kate Bishop’s future narrative, it took several movies for this subplot — inherent to Barton’s life — to come to the surface.

2 and 3. Scarlet Witch and Quicksilver 

When Scarlet Witch and Quicksilver joined in Avengers: Age of Ultron, the mutants belonged to Fox. Meaning, the MCU could not introduce these characters as they were in the comics — the son and daughter of the infamous X-Men character Magneto.

Because their introduction preceded the Fox/Disney merger, their powers were introduced as the result of Hydra experiments. While they remain fascinating characters, the connection to Magneto is an integral part of their origin story, and an aspect of their lives now completely off-limits. 

4. Black Widow 

The MCU gets a lot right when it comes to Black Widow. As ScreenRant notes, she was trained as a KGB spy at a young age; thus, she became a skilled combatant and markswoman. However, when it comes to the fact that Natasha Romanoff is an enhanced human being — in a manner similar to Captain America — the MCU has virtually dropped the ball. 

She may not be as indestructible as Cap; however, she does possess enhanced abilities, and the films virtually shy away from stressing this fact. Will Black Widow hint at this backstory? 

5. Vision 

Vision’s origin story in the films is much different than his origin story in the comics, and Jarvis is at the center of the difference. As Screen Rant noted, he was created by Ultron in the comics to kill the Avengers, but comes to see the faults in Ultron’s ways. In the movie, Vision is basically the remains of J.A.R.V.I.S following his destruction, and J.A.R.V.I.S is an A.I. system named after Tony Stark’s butler, Edward Jarvis.

In the comics, there’s something called a “control crystal” in his head (which shoots the lasers), but in the movies, he’s got an Infinity Stone up there, which makes him a formidable foe for Ultron, and helps pave the way for the story that unfolds in Infinity War.