The MCU has become one of the most groundbreaking series in film. Marvel created a massive franchise by skillfully adapting its comics library to the screen. Marvel has done this before in smaller doses, creating early MCU moments with TV shows like the INCREDIBLE HULK TV series. Oh, and that… other CAPTAIN AMERICA film.

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However, the MCU stands as Marvel’s biggest live-action accomplishment. At the same time, many MCU moments have been transferred right from the comics onto the screen. There are far too many to list here, but these ten stand as some of the most notable.

10. The Snap

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INFINITY WAR stands as the biggest (if not best) film in the MCU right now. The film brought in every element of the MCU thus far to give it a real sense of epicness and urgency. Its namesake comic did the same. The film brought in a few moments from the comic book as a result.

One of the most prominent moments is Thanos’s finger snap that eliminates one half of the universe’s life. Arguably, the film does a better version; the comics have Thanos’s actions be a tribute to his love, Death. The film eliminates the love-sick puppy angle by using the snap as the culmination of Thanos’s plans.

Either way, both moments come together because of proper build and starkness, making this simple motion carry all the necessary weight. It’s classic Marvel, so it’s no wonder it would feature onscreen.

9. “Thanos Is Coming”

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INFINITY WAR used other moments from the comic to great effect as well, creating the MCU moments we all know and love.

In both versions, a powerful hero falls from space into Dr. Strange’s home to warn about Thanos coming. The comics use the Silver Surfer, while the film uses the Hulk.

Either way, the desired effect is achieved, be it the comic or MCU moment. The heroes of Earth are warned by a powerful figure that a huge evil has thrown them to Earth, and said evil is still following. It makes Thanos seem even more deadly and cranks the drama into overdrive.

8. Ebony Maw and Dr. Strange

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INFINITY WAR was such a huge film, so it’s no surprise it also has MCU moments from a second source. In the film, Dr. Strange is captured by Ebony Maw and tortured to release the Time Stone.

This might seem like a standard villain ploy that doesn’t need inspiration. However, it echoes NEW AVENGERS #9, where Maw kidnapped and assaulted Strange over the Stones. It’s more of a nod then a direct recreation, but it’s worth mentioning here.

7. Etri Forms Stormbreaker

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Yes, there’s even a third source for INFINITY WAR MCU moments. One of the film’s biggest angles is Thor traveling to the star Nidvalir, and getting his new ax/hammer Stormbreaker from the dwarf Etri. This moment is probably the most altered moment, as in THOR #339, Stormbreaker was formed for the alien hero Beta-Ray Bill.

However, Etri the dwarf forged the hammer in both versions, and both times, it was to empower a broken hero in his time of need. Again, it’s altered quite a bit, but Etri bridges the connection quite well.

6. Spider-Man Escapes the Rubble

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Let’s move away from INFINITY WAR and into a smaller film. SPIDER-MAN HOMECOMING was Marvel welcoming the web-slinger back into the MCU. The result was a strong action/dramedy, with a fair amount of teen angst. However, there was also one of many MCU moments that showed just how strong Spider-Man is.

In the film, Spidey is trapped under rubble and must find the strength to dig himself out to save the city. This is a direct nod to THE AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #33, where Spidey had to escape a similar predicament to save Aunt May. The stakes are higher in the MCU version, but this is still an effective use of a classic Spider-Man moment.

5. Gladiator Hulk

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THOR: RAGNAROK came as a surprise for Marvel; adding more comedy and alien worlds helped revitalize Thor after THOR: THE DARK WORLD. However, it also involved mixing in other stories. Specifically, the film takes inspiration (and MCU moments) from PLANET HULK, using the planet Sakaar and it’s gladiator games with the God of Thunder.

The Hulk’s emergence in gladiator gear is a big MCU moment that pays tribute to the source material. The look comes right from PLANET HULK and is an effective nod to that book’s impact.

4. Armin Zola’s Reveal

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The MCU took impressive care with Armin Zola, adapting him for MCU moments over two films. CAPTAIN AMERICA: THE FIRST AVENGER saw Zola appear with his face through a lens, a nod to his fate in the comics (see CAPTAIN AMERICA #208). THE WINTER SOLIDER took it one step further, with the memorable moment of Zola’s mind appearing on a computer. The look was clearly different from the comics (I mean, look at him!), but it fit the film, and Zola being a digital personality was a welcome addition.

3. Ned and LEGOs

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SPIDER-MAN: HOMECOMING was largely a triumph, but the film carried it’s own controversy too. Many fans claimed the film took elements from Miles Morales (the well-known Spider-Man) and switched him out for Peter Parker.

One of the prominent MCU moments that clearly fits is when Peter inadvertently reveals his identity to his friend Ned. Ned drops his LEGO Death Star in shock, spilling bricks everywhere. This echoes the comics when Miles went to reveal his identity to his friend Ganke (who’s a dead ringer for Ned) in ULTIMATE SPIDER-MAN Vol. 3. Ganke also spills LEGOs in his shock, adding to the film’s controversy.

2. Ant-Man/Hawkeye

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A less controversial film was CAPTAIN AMERICA: CIVIL WAR. The film saw the Avengers split apart over government regulations, with Iron Man and Cap going toe to toe. There were good debates on the use of power for both sides, but it still made time for an epic airport fight.

Said fight saw Hawkeye launch Ant-Man on one of his arrows. This first emerged on the cover of AVENGERS #223 (though it arguably looked better on film). It was a quick moment to be sure, but it’s one of many MCU moments that effectively paid homage to an early Marvel moment.

1. Cap Vs. Iron Man

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CIVIL WAR was not only a massive film, but its source material of the same name was also one of Marvel’s biggest recent books. Both film and series debated the free use of powers superheroes enjoy, while also providing plenty of action. This included the iconic shot of Cap and Iron Man pressing against each other. This arguably defined the series, so the image was recreated again for the film.

This is one of the most iconic MCU moments. It followed its inspiration by being epic, bitter, and fitting all at once. It summed up the film and defined each hero’s role in it. Simply put, it’s one of Marvel’s best in recent history.

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The MCU succeeded because Marvel always respected its source material. No matter what the comic, the film treated them with respect. They always felt like the characters being brought to life, not simply placed on-screen. It allowed the comic-based MCU moments of each film to succeed as well. It’s that level of care that’s brought Marvel their success, and as long as they stick to it, they’ll be more to come.

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