There has long been a debate about how close comic based movies and television should adhere to the comics they are based on. It is Marvel Comics Chief Creative Officer Joe Quesada belief that for these stories to be told in a way that would be fresh and attract new audiences, it is important for comics and movies and television to embrace the need to stay truly separate.
He explains that by narrowing your choices to the comic book canon, you limit what you can do and perhaps lose an audience that you could attract with some changes being made. The other advantage this gives is the opportunity to pick some of the best elements from different stories to make them fresh while still honoring the original content. He continued using the Black Panther as an example. In writing Black Panther, the writers used things from the Stan Lee/Jack Kirby era but then also started picking elements from Priest and Reginald Hudlin. This made for what he described as a “beautiful movie.”
As a fan of Comics who always thought of myself as a traditionalist, I have debated this topic many times. Especially in the issue of character appearance. What do you think? Let us know at GeekVibeNation.
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