So Sayeth the Odinson: The Comics that Inspired the MCU: The Infinity Saga: Part 4 of 4

Greetings from the Odinson,

The Comics that Inspired the MCU: The Infinity Saga: Part 4 of 4

Be sure to check out The Comics that Inspired the MCU Phase I, II, and III.1  – HERE, HERE., and HERE.

Phase III: Chapter 2 (2018-2019)

The schism caused by Civil War sees Earth’s Mightiest Heroes divided and scattered to the four corners of the universe.  Tony Stark is isolated and left unsure on what and who he can trust. Steve Rogers and his allies have gone underground and are wanted by the law.  Asgard is destroyed and Thor and Hulk are adrift on the far side of the cosmos with their fates left uncertain.  So naturally, this is the perfect time for the Mad Titan to make his move as the MCU faces the greatest threat it has ever seen.    

But first…

Black Panther – We venture to the land of Wakanda, the most scientifically advanced nation on Earth, a country rooted in both mystic traditions and super science.  Here we follow the trials and tribulations of T’Challa, King of Wakanda and the people’s super human protector, the Black Panther.  T’Challa must contend with the rigors and responsibilities of his crown, a villainous plot to exploit his country’s assets, and a dangerous usurper to his throne.

The Comics that Inspired the Film:

The Avengers #62 – This is the issue that introduced M’Baku the monstrous Man-Ape, a character that would go on to become one of T’Challa’s most dangerous rivals for the throne of Wakanda.  This rivalry was featured the film. 

Black Panther #8 – The trial of combat that determines the right to who may carry the mantle of Black Panther features heavily in the film and is explored in this issue.

Black Panther #14-15 – Another theme in the film is T’Challa’s struggle to decide whether or not for Wakanda and its advance tech to be introduced to the world.  Plus, the villain Klaw, featured in the film, would go on to become one of the King’s most tenacious adversaries. 

Jungle Action #6 – In this issue, T’Challa meets the man called Killmonger and in their first battle he is defeated and thrown from the top of a waterfall, a scene translated almost verbatim in the movie. 

Black Panther: The 1988 Mini Series – From its globe-trotting, cloak and dagger plot to losing his connection to the power of the Panther god to even wrestling a charging rhino with his bare hands, many wonderful beats were cherry picked from this classic Black Panther tale for the movie.

Avengers: Infinity War – Ten years of films have led to this moment.  Thanos has gathered the Infinity stones and is ready to eradicate half of all life in the universe.  Splintered and scattered, the Avengers and their allies try to stop him, but they are not united and the film ends with the greatest cliffhanger since The Empire Strikes Back

The Comics that Inspired the Film:

Thanos Quest – This prelude to the events of Infinity Gauntlet shows how the Mad Titan confronted, overpowered, and/or outsmarted the Elders of the Universe and gathered together the six Infinity Stones, artifacts that when combined grants their wielder omnipotent power.

Infinity Gauntlet – Though the events of this classic Marvel tale are a tad bit more cosmic and mind-blowing in the comics, there is no denying that this is the comic book series that influenced the film more than any other.  One of the Odinson’s favorite moments from the comic is when the Celestials throw planets at Thanos.  There is even a version of this, granted on a smaller scale, in the movie.  Also, in the film, it is Hulk, not the Silver Surfer, who crashes down into the Sanctum Sanctorum to warn of the coming of Thanos.  The Odinson’s All-Time favorite moment from the comic however was saved for Endgame.  More on that in a moment.

Infinity – Yet another campaign of the Mad Titan’s thwarted by Earth’s Mightiest Heroes.  However, this time readers were introduced to the villain’s generals and lieutenants – the Black Order.  These dangerous villains would be featured prominently in both Infinity War and Endgame.

The Mighty Thor #339 – Beta Ray Bill’s magical hammer – Stormbreaker – is featured heavily in the film and this issue was the magnificent weapon’s first appearance. 

Ant-Man and the Wasp – As much as I love me some Paul Rudd, I just couldn’t help but wish this film was made 20-30 years ago so we could have seen the great Michael Douglas and great Michelle Pfeiffer portray the adventures of Hank Pym and Janet Van Dyne in their prime. 

The Comics that Inspired the Film:

The Avengers #32 – Here, we are introduced to Bill Foster.  Foster in the comics as well as the film is Hank Pym’s former lab assistant who would go on to become Goliath.

Iron Man #219 – The highly underrated techno-villain the Ghost is featured heavily in this film. 

Iron Man #73 – Sonny Burch, a petty thief, attempts to sell stolen Stark Tech to the highest bidder.  This plot was reworked and used for this film only this time, its Pym tech he’s trying to get his hands on.

The Micronauts – The Quantum Realm (a.k.a. the Microverse) plays a huge role in the plot of this film, Endgame, and apparently the future of the MCU.  The Microverse in the comics is the home of the villainous Psycho-Man and the domain of the intrepid adventurers known as the Micronauts. 

Captain Marvel – Though longtime comic book fans knew exactly what that symbol on Nick Fury’s beeper was at the end of Infinity War, this is the film that explained it to the rest of the general movie audience. 

The Comics that Inspired the Film:

Marvel Super-Heroes #12 – Mar-Vell was a secret agent of the Kree Empire sent to Earth to spy.  He would ultimately rebel and become one of the Marvel Universe’s greatest champions.  He was instrumental in the defeat of Thanos during the Mad Titan’s first campaign of terror and his demise in the pages of The Death of Captain Marvel (the first official graphic novel by Marvel Comics) is still, to this day, one of the most poignant moments in Comics History.

Essential Ms. Marvel – Carol Danvers gains cosmic powers similar to Mar-Vell’s in a fashion similar to the film.  Most of you know, but for those that don’t, the X-Man Rogue gained her super human strength, flight, and nigh-invulnerability when she stole them from Carol Danvers with her mutant abilities. 

The Amazing Spider-Man Annual #16 – The seeds are planted in the film for the emergence of Monic Rambeau, the Odinson’s All-Time favorite character to bear the moniker Captain Marvel whose nickname isn’t the Big Red Cheese.  Sadly, it wouldn’t be until WandaVision that we finally get to see the character fully realized. 

The Uncanny X-Men #164 – After having her Ms. Marvel powers stolen by Rogue, Carol Danvers was then infused with the power of a sun and she became Binary, a hero whose unearthly cosmic powers puts her on par with the strongest heroes in the Marvel Universe.  This is the version of Carol Danvers that mostly inspired the film version. 

Fantastic Four #2 – We are also introduced to the Skrulls, an alien race of shapeshifters introduced in the comics all the way back in the 2nd issue of Marvel’s First Family. 

Avengers: Endgame – Unless the story involves a DeLorean or a hot tub, the Odinson is not the biggest fan of time travel stories, especially when the time-traveling is the crux to fix all problems.  That being said, this film’s third act features, hands down, the most epic and chills-inducing finale ever seen on the Big Screen.

The Comics that Inspired the Film:

Infinity Gauntlet – The Odinson’s favorite moment from this classic comic series is when Captain America, the last hero standing, walks right up to the invincible Thanos and tells him he has not won as long as someone remains.  This moment is so beautifully and perfectly executed in Endgame.  Steve Rogers, the last man standing, with broken shield and battered body, pulls his strap tight and walks forward to face the oncoming hordes of Thanos alone.  That’s as epic as it gets, boys and girls.

Ragnarok n Roll and ROM: The Final Battle – I mention these two comic book tales because they are the closest thing the Odinson ever thought he’d get to seeing a war of super powers on such a grand scale.  That is until the epic final battle in Endgame brought such a spectacle to life. 

Spider-Man: Far From Home – This coda to the first decade of Marvel films brings yet another classic Spidey villain into the fold of cinema.  It puts a nice bow on the events of Endgame, plus it sets the stage for the next Phase of MCU films in a surprising and very effective way. 

The Comics that Inspired the Film:

The Amazing Spider-Man #13 – Quentin Beck the villainous Mysterio is not only one Spidey’s oldest and most perplexing foes, he has one of the coolest and most unique character designs in comics, and this film certainly did the master of illusions justice. 

The Amazing Spider-Man #20, 25, and 58 – Of course it would be J. Jonah Jameson that would not only reveal Spidey’s secret to the world, but he’d relish in it.  He has been trying to expose the hero’s secret identity through various means and cohorts since almost the very beginning. 

The Odinson finds it hard to believe that Marvel Studios, or anybody for that matter, can accomplish what the MCU did in the Infinity Saga.  But as great as the movies are, they were inspired by something even better – the Comics. 

This is Odinson bidding thee farewell

NOTE: For past entries of the So Sayeth the Odinson blog, over a decade’s worth of comic book and pop culture articles and reviews, click HERE.  Also, be sure to check out my novels The Survivors and Autumn Dawn, which were inspired by 1980s horror – HERE and HERE

About Odinson

I am a lifelong comics fan and pop culture enthusiast. Comic books, novels, games, television, movies, I love it all. From fantasy to science fiction, drama to comedy, as long as the writing and execution are interesting, I love it, and I want to talk about it.

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