From Thanos breaking Captain America’s Shield, and Thor’s dual weapons, to Steve Roger’s handing over the Shield, and Thanos on his Throne, in The Best Comic Book Panels Recreated in the MCU – Part 3 we’re taking a look at even more of the MCU homages to its comic book origins.
Thanos Destroy’s Captain America’s Shield
One of Avengers: Endgame’s most intense moments is the Thanos vs Captain America fight. The showdown sees Captain America finally prove his worthiness and wield Thor’s hammer Mjölnir, but also shows Thanos destroy (at least in part) Cap’s trusty Shield.
Although in the comics the scene is much quicker and Thanos smashes Cap’s Shield into pieces with one big hit, compared with the movie version which leaves most of the Shield intact, the scene is taken straight from the Infinity Gauntlet #3.
Ebony Maw Tortures Doctor Strange
As Doctor Strange was protecting the Time Stone, he was one of Thanos’ main targets on Earth, and it doesn’t take the Black Order very long to find him. Even with help from Wong, Iron Man and Spider-Man, Ebony Maw manages to capture Doctor Strange very quickly at the beginning of Infinity War. And yet Doctor Strange’s magic proves too tricky for Ebony Maw to beat, resulting in Maw torturing Strange to get the stone. The scene pays homage to a similar scene in the Infinity comic where Maw also tortures Strange.
Who The Hell is Bucky?
2014’s Captain America was a game-changing movie for not only the MCU but superhero movies as a whole. In terms of the MCU, the film brought back Bucky Barnes and revealed that S.H.I.E.L.D was full of HYDRA Agents. For the superhero genre, the second Captain America film showed off how well the genre could incorporate others and deliver a more serious film.
After Steve Rogers slowly begins to uncover the identity of the Winter Soldier, he confronts him, and after a fight asks if he is Bucky, the Winter Soldier’s reaction (in both the movie and the comics) is “Who the hell is Bucky?”
Thor’s Dual Weapons
Thor, Groot, Rocket and Eltri’s crafting of Thor’s new weapon Stormbreaker and eventual arrival on Earth during the battle of Wakanda is one of Avengers: Infinity War’s, and the entire MCU’s, best moments. Thor’s arc throughout Avengers: Endgame later shows him doubting his worthiness, all leading up to retrieving his original hammer Mjölnir (that was destroyed by his sister Hella in Thor: Ragnarok) and finding out that he is still worthy.
This, of course, leads to Captain America proving his worthiness and using Mjölnir, but before that Thor wields both Stormbreaker and Mjölnir, a scene which echoes a panel from Uncanny Avengers #21.
Old Steve Rogers Hands Over the Shield
Avengers: Endgame delivers a not so happy ending, but a very emotional one, for Iron Man, but Captain America gets an extremely appropriate and happy send-off. Before the final shot of Captain America dancing happily with Peggy, an old version of Steve arrives to hand over his Shield to Sam.
The scene acts as a passing of the torch, and sets up the Disney + Falcon and Winter Soldier show, but also mirrors a similar scene in the comics (which had many more Avengers there to witness), where an ageing Cap hands over his Shield to the new Captain America.
Black Panther vs a Rhino
In Black Panther, as T’Challa leads the rebellion against Killmonger, W’Kabi calls in a herd of armoured rhinos as reinforcement. T’Challa manages to take one down, in a scene that adapts a panel from 1974’s Jungle Action #9.
Thanos on his Throne
Thanos, arguably the best villain in the MCU, was exceptionally well developed in both Avengers: Infinity War and Avengers: Endgame, but as most fans know was being teased from the post-credits scene in the first Avengers movie. He showed up again in the post-credits scene for Avengers: Age of Ultron and more prominently in Guardians of the Galaxy.
In Guardians, a scene of the Mad Titan smirking on his throne plays excellent homage to several scenes in the comics, notably Silver Surfer #34 and Thanos Quest #1.
Spidey Rides Mjölnir
During the showdown with Thanos in Avengers: Endgame the Avengers put most of their effort into keeping Thanos away from the Infinity Gauntlet. As Spider-Man is overwhelmed (and actives his instant kill mode) Captain America throws Mjölnir for Spider-Man to hitch a ride. The scene also has a nice callback to Captain America and Tom Holland’s first meeting, as Cap calls him “Queens”.
The context is admittedly totally different, but Spider-Man attached to the magical hammer via one of his webs also happens in 1978’s Marvel Team-Up #70.
Hulk Saves the Avengers
In Avengers: Endgame, the younger version of Thanos destroys the Avengers headquarters, resulting in only Thor, Captain America, and Iron Man being able to confront him (while the other avengers are trapped beneath the debris).
Hulk is forced into holding up the debris so that it doesn’t fall and kill the likes of War Machine, Rocket, and Ant-Man, which brings to mind the cover of Secret Wars #4, when Hulk protects almost all of the Avengers with his incredible strength.
Spidey Swinging in the Suburbs
2017’s Spider-Man Homecoming marked an unprecedented deal between Sony and Marvel which allowed Spider-Man into the MCU. Spider-Man is, of course, a Marvel character but his movie rights were sold to Sony before the first Sprier-Man film in 2002. His first MCU appearance came in 2016’s Captain America: Civil War, and his first full movie the next year. Homecoming delivered a great villain, and Spider-Man story, and focused on Peter’s struggles to maintain a dual identity.
One of the scenes that shows this the most sees Peter leaving a party to save the day, unfortunately for him, the party was out in the suburbs (and not the usual skyscraper-filled city centre he is used to). As he goes to swing through a golf course, he finds himself unable to web on to anything. The scene mirrors Amazing Spider-Man Vol. 1 #267.
If you’ve enjoyed our post on The Best Comic Book Panels Recreated in the MCU – Part 3 don’t forget to check out our first MCU Comic to Screen post Here, the second part Here, Our Spider-Man post Here, and DC one Here.