View Full Version : The one part of comics that the MCU can’t seem to replicate

March 18th, 2019, 17:22
TheThe major innovation of the Marvel Cinematic Universe was the transposition of serialized comic book storytelling onto feature films: multiple ongoing stories existing in the same world, sometimes overlapping and intersecting. But what does “comic book storytelling” actually mean in the 21st century?
Marvel publishes dozens of ongoing series every month, each dedicated to all the characters or teams with which we’re familiar: Captain America, Iron Man, Spider-Man, Avengers, the Fantastic Four, Daredevil, Captain Marvel, et al. For decades, these series have gotten a new issue every month, and probably will for decades to come. Regardless of what’s happening in various corners of the Marvel Universe, the stories about these characters carry on.
Every year or so, Marvel stages a big crossover event like Civil War, which divided Marvel’s heroes in an ideological battle; Secret Invasion, about Earth being invaded by an army of shape-shifting Skrulls; or House of M, in which Scarlet Witch’s mental breakdown created an alternate reality. These stories always end in a way that changes the universe and sets up a new status quo (or as Marvel puts it, “Nothing will ever be the same!”). This new status quo is then explored in the various ongoing series for the next year. At the end of Civil War, a brainwashed Sharon Carter assassinated Steve Rogers, and the series explored the fallout: Bucky, aka the Winter Soldier, took over the mantle of Captain America, and Tony Stark became the director of SHIELD and put together a new team of government-sponsored Avengers.