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Top 10 Differences Between Infinity War Movie And Comic

VO: Rebecca Brayton WRITTEN BY: Jarett Burke
Sometimes literal adaptations are not the best adaptations. Welcome to WatchMojo.com, and today we’ll be counting down our picks for the Top 10 Differences Between the Infinity War Movie and Comic. For this list, we’re looking at the major discrepancies between the blockbuster “Avengers: Infinity War” movie and the comics upon which it’s based.
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Sometimes literal adaptations are not the best adaptations. Welcome to WatchMojo.com, and today we’ll be counting down our picks for the Top 10 Differences Between the Infinity War Movie and Comic.

For this list, we’re looking at the major discrepancies between the blockbuster “Avengers: Infinity War” movie and the comics upon which it’s based.

#10: The Name


It seems a bit confusing, but actually, the film is not based on the 1992 “The Infinity War” comic written by Jim Starlin. Rather, the bulk of the plot that makes up the blockbuster movie is taken from “The Infinity Gauntlet” story arc which was released a year earlier and also penned by Starlin. “The Infinity War” comic is quite a different story to the one we’ve just seen play out in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, but no doubt it’s the better title of the two comics and likely to draw more butts to the cinema.

#9: Silver Surfer


In the movie, Earth is warned of Thanos’ arrival in a slightly different way than the comic, with the Hulk crash-landing into Dr. Strange’s Sanctum and alerting the world that Thanos is coming. This scene is lifted directly from “The Infinity Gauntlet” comic with the main difference being that it’s the Silver Surfer who crashes into Strange’s Sanctum and warns of Thanos’ arrival, not Hulk. Also, in the comic, the Silver Surfer plays a large role in bringing down the Mad Titan alongside the heroes of earth.

#8: No Adam Warlock


This central figure in the comics is not in the movie, although we do know that he’s coming to the MCU eventually. Warlock is crucial to the plot of “The Infinity Gauntlet” comic as he’s the holder of the Soul Gem and is the one to rally the remainder of Earth’s forces against Thanos after the Mad Titan kills half the universe’s population. So, his exclusion from “Avengers: Infinity War” is disappointing, but hopefully, we’ll see how he fits into the MCU sooner rather than later.

#7: Roster of Heroes


Seeing as the storyline from the comics had to be greatly condensed to fit into a two-and-a-half-hour film, it was no surprise to learn that not all of our favorite superheroes would be included in the cinematic take of the battle against Thanos. Like we’ve mentioned, Silver Surfer and Adam Warlock were no-shows, but the film also left out She-Hulk, Firelord, Nova, Sub-Mariner, Cloak, Cyclops, Wolverine, Quasar… you get the idea. Granted, the film did bring the Guardians of the Galaxy into the fight to make up for it, so we shouldn’t complain.

#6: Stormbreaker


Thor’s new weapon in the movie has a pretty creative lineage, but it doesn’t draw on the comics for inspiration. After his trusty Mjolnir was destroyed by his sister Hela in “Thor: Ragnarok,” Odin’s son needed a new, flashy weapon for “Avengers: Infinity War” and he got one in the form of Stormbreaker. But, in the comics, Thor never wielded Stormbreaker. In fact, that weapon belonged to Thor’s ally Beta Ray Bill who managed to beat Thor in combat and lift Mjolnir before having his own weapon crafted. In the movie, Stormbreaker looks very different, but we’re not complaining since Thor’s epic return with his new weapon in hand was jaw-dropping.

#5: The Endings


After the snap, which we’ll get to shortly, the film ends with Thanos’ bright, smiling face - his goal of wiping out half of all life in the universe achieved. In the comics, however, the reason he’s smiling is because he’s happy to be left alone as a farmer after faking his own death. Pretty different, huh? There’s no doubt the movie needed a major cliffhanger to keep people interested for what’s to come next, and by rolling credits after such a devastating series of events, they’ve greatly succeeded, while also paying homage to the source material.

#4: The Black Order


The Black Order was only introduced years after “The Infinity Gauntlet” storyline, making their first full appearance in 2013’s “Prelude to Infinity,” and thus their inclusion in the movie is yet another case of borrowing from elements from the larger Marvel universe. And, like a lot of the elements the movie borrowed, The Black Order largely works on the big screen, but its importance was greatly diminished to fit the film’s runtime. Thus, a lot of fans were disappointed with the Order’s portrayal – and minimalized roll — and hoped to see a much more powerful version of “The Children of Thanos.”

#3: Gamora’s Role


Gamora plays a significantly greater role in the movie than she does in “Infinity Gauntlet.” In fact, she doesn’t make it past the first issue, as she is among the victims of the snap. Thanos’ adopted daughter has been a mainstay of the Marvel Cinematic Universe since “Guardians of the Galaxy” won us over in 2014, so it only makes sense that she gets much more screen time than in the comics as fans have come to love her character played by Zoe Saldana. Though she’s killed by Thanos in the movie, you can expect that she’ll still have a role to play in the Avengers 4 since she’s listed in the film’s credits. Flashback? Time travel? Resurrection? It’s too early to tell.

#2: The Snap


Oh, snap, it’s THE snap! Yes, that moment when Thanos’ snaps his fingers and instantly wipes out half the universe. The incident itself is similar in the movie and the comic – how different can snapping fingers be? – but in the movie, the snap happens at the end whereas in the comic it’s at the beginning. In “The Infinity Gauntlet,” the snap really sets in motion all the events that will take place in the Infinity Series, but in the movie, it serves to bring a close to everything and leave the film on one hell of a cliffhanger. Though the timing is different, the snap works well in both the comic and the movie.

#1: Thanos’ Motivations


In the movie, Thanos’ motivations are pretty straightforward: kill off half the universe’s population to prevent running out of resources. In the comic, however, it’s a little more complicated than that. Since childhood, Thanos was in love with Death – the female embodiment of Death, that is. The Mad Titan spends a great deal of his time and energy trying to woo Death and what better way could there be in winning over her heart than by wiping out half of all life in the universe? Honestly, we can’t think of any…
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