In our “The Best Comic Book Panels Recreated in the MCU – Part 2”, we take a look at Captain America wielding Thor’s hammer, Loki on the throne, Killmonger vs Black Panther, Cap’s Hail Hydra and many more. Don’t forget to check out the first part HERE, or Spider-Man Comics book Recreations Video HERE.
Captain America is Worthy
Captain America is one of the most moral and honest characters in pop culture and has been deemed worthy enough to wield Thor’s hammer multiple times in the comics. But in the movies, it took over a decade of MCU films to get there. The idea of Captain America being worthy enough to lift Thor’s hammer is something teased as early as Avengers: Age of Ultron. The scene sees several Avengers try to lift the hammer, with Captain America being the only one to make it move. Avengers and Avengers: Age of Ultron director Joss Whedon has since confirmed that he believes Captain America could lift the hammer in Age of Ultron, but decided not to (for Thor’s sake). The fight with Thanos in Avengers Endgame, sees the Super Soldier wield finally lift the hammer on screen, and is reminiscent of a scene in which Cap wields Mjölnir in Fear Itself #7.
The Executioner, Des, and Troy
With the MCU always out to bring in as many characters from the comics as possible Thor Ragnarok finally introduced Skurge the Executioner, a prominent Asgardian and regular enemy of Thor from the comics. The MCU version of Skurge sees him reluctantly team up with Hella as she takes control of Asgard, eventually, he turns on her and uses his trusty automatic rifles (that he got from Tex-‘arse’) to shoot a number of her undead followers. The scene is ripped straight from the pages of Mighty Thor #362.
Thanos vs Vision
During the climactic battle of Avengers: Infinity War Thanos arrives during the Black Order’s attack on Wakanda with only one stone left to acquire. The fight builds as he takes down each Avenger with ease. This leads up to Scarlet Witch destroying Vision so that Thanos can’t have the Mind Stone. Unfortunately for the Avengers (and half of the universe), Thanos simply rewinds time with the Time Stone and pulls it from Vision’s head. The framing of the scene and Vision’s loose wires looks just like the same scene in the Infinity Gauntlet comic, where Thanos already has all of the stones but pulls out Vision’s wires and circuitry anyway.
Loki on the Throne
A huge part of Loki’s character is ingrained jealousy towards his adoptive brother Thor. With that also comes a lust for the throne of Asgard. Numerous stories over the years have explored his attempts at seizing Asgard for his own, and as much as the MCU has been criticised for underdeveloping its villains (particularly early on), one who has had some considerable screen time and great story arcs is Tom Hiddleston’s Loki. In a scene from the first Thor movie, where Loki was arguably more ‘mischevious’ (and a just little murderous) than the outright villain of Avengers, we see him take the throne of Asgard after Thor is banished to Earth, and Odin falls into the Odin’s Sleep. The way Hiddleston’s Loki sits in the throne as Lady Sif and The Warriors Three discover him mirrors an image from Thor: First Thunder #2 perfectly.
Avengers: Infinity War delivered the first part of a story that the MCU had been building towards over its first ten years. Like any good two-parter it ends on a huge cliffhanger. Namely Thanos acquiring all of the Infinity Stones and performing ‘The Snap’. Although the set up is different, and in the comics, Thanos isn’t in the middle of a fight when he does it, the design of the scene looks a lot like the first issue of the Infinity Gauntlet comic, where the Mad Titan snaps his fingers and destroys half of the universe.
Spider-Man and Lego
With Spider-Man: Homecoming taking a lot of its influence from the Ultimate Comics, Peter Parker’s best friend and ‘man in the chair’ is Ned Leeds, who combines a number of characters from the comics. Firstly the main Marvel continuities’ Ned Leeds who works with Peter as a reporter for the Daily Bugle, but also Ganke Lee, Miles Morales’ best friend from the Ultimate Universe who looks and acts a lot like the MCU’s Ned – right down to hanging out in Peter’s (or Miles’ in the comics) room and building LEGO sets.
In the opening of Avengers: Infinity War, after Thanos beats up Hulk with terrifying ease, Heimdall manages to conjure some dark energy and send Hulk back to Earth. He is then transported across the galaxy and goes crashing into the Sanctum Sanctorum. The scene almost exactly mirrors the arrival of Silver Surfer at the opening of the Infinity Gauntlet comic book who warns of Thanos rather than Bruce Banner.
Black Panther and Waterfalls
Black Panther’s Killmonger was one of the MCU’s more developed villains and had an intriguing backstory that was intrinsically linked to Black Panther’s own. His reasons for hating T’Challa, and wanting to usurp the throne were, at the very least understandable and shone an interesting light on the connection between the movie’s hero and villain. In the scene in which Michael B. Jordan’s Eric Killmonger challenges Chadwick Boseman’s T’Challa for the throne of Wakanda, he lifts him over his head and throws him down a waterfall. This scene dates back to 1973 and Killmonger’s debut in Jungle Action #6.
Cap’s Hail HYDRA
In one of 2016’s most controversial comics, Steve Rogers: Captain America #1, it was revealed that Captain America had secretly been a HYDRA agent. The comic goes on to reveal a number of other twists and turns and explain how Captain America got caught up in HYDRA’s plans. The scene was contentious to say the least, with many arguing that it hugely disrespected the character’s history against HYDRA and Nazi Germany. The panel in which Cap famously says “Hail Hydra” is echoed in Avengers: Endgame where Captain America pretends to be with HYDRA to get Loki’s sceptre away from Agent Sitwell.
Iron Man Wields the Infinity Stones
Tony Starks “I Am Iron Man” moment from the end of Avengers: Endgame is one of the films most heartbreaking scenes. It brings Tony Stark’s character arc full circle, proving how much of a hero he has become. The scene in which Tony’s gauntlet harnesses the Infinity Stones echoes a very similar panel from in 2011’s Avengers Vol. 4 #12, where Iron Man is able to wield the stones without any cost to his own life.