In recent years, Marvel fans have made it clear that they are willing to accept series and movies that are not literal adaptations of the comics, but when the essence of the original material is not even respected, that can be a great pain. Marvel Studios’ newest series, Secret Invasion – 72%, not only not true to the comics, but deliberately mandated by the studio not to be.
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In the past we have more or less similar examples; It is known that Bryan Singer did not allow there to be X-Men comics during the filming of the first film; Tim Burton wasn’t even a comic book reader when he directed Batman- 72%, and a few years ago the showrunner of WandaVision – 95% proved their ignorance in comics by not knowing who Mephisto was. All of the above, however, is offset by the fact that the productions were successful. X Men – 81%, Batman and WandaVision garnered positive reviews and acclaim from fans.
With secret invasion things get a bit complicated, since it is the worst-rated (canonical) series in the Marvel Cinematic Universe (UCM), and to that we must add the controversy over the intro that was made by artificial intelligence, at a time when the Artists are protesting against such technologies.
In interview with screen rantseries director Ali Selim was asked about what he brought from the comics to the screen, and that’s where he revealed that Marvel Studios asked him not to read the source material, as it was something very different:
When I took on this job as a director, I didn’t write the script. So a lot of those decisions were made by Kyle Bradstreet and the other writing team that we had. The first thing they told me was ‘don’t read the comics. It has nothing to do with what we’re trying to do here.’
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To the surprise and/or disappointment of many, Selim says that the inspiration for the series fell more on the interaction that Nick Fury (Samuel L. Jackson) and Talos (Ben Mendelsohn) had in Captain Marvel – 60%
This story really grew out of the electricity created between Sam Jackson and Ben Mendelsohn or Nick Fury and Talos in Captain Marvel. And they said, ‘Oh, we’ve got to do something with it.’ So they found a story that would serve that relationship and expand the MCU and other characters that aren’t in the comics. I think it’s a story in itself.
secret invasion is a comic book series published by Marvel Comics between April and December 2008. It was written by Brian Michael Bendis and illustrated by Leinil Francis Yu. The main plot involves the Skrulls, an alien race with metamorphosis abilities, who have been secretly infiltrating Earth and replacing various superheroes with their agents. The invasion had been planned for years and was finally revealed, sparking a huge battle between the Skrulls and Earth’s superheroes, many of whom were unsure who a masked Skrull might be. This series wreaked havoc on the Marvel Universe, and the repercussions of the invasion were felt in many subsequent stories.
Skrulls were introduced to the MCU in 2019 with Captain Marvel, and although many approved of the tape, others were enraged that the aliens were turned into poor refugees looking for a new home. Even Roy Thomas, the creator of the Skrulls, criticized the film in an interview with Bleeding Cool:
Actually, the only thing I really hated in the movie was that they turned the Skrulls into a peace-loving race, with the Kree being the bad guys. As far as I am concerned as the main originator of the Kree/Skrull War (and I suspect Stan Lee and Jack Kirby would have agreed with me), the Skrulls and the Kree are equally evil. That the Skrulls were soft and friendly in the end left a bad taste in my mouth…
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