Date Published: May 24, 2014
Adam Smith examines the latest explosion in adaptations of Marvel comics hitting the screens, and the fans’ reactions…
(CONTAINS SPOILERS FOR THE AMAZING SPIDER-MAN 2)
SINCE 2008, when Iron Man and The Dark Knight hit cinematic screens, Hollywood has become obsessed with comic books. Marvel Studios (owned by the Disney Corporation) is currently in the midst of what is possibly the biggest film crossover ever, while DC has a Justice League movie in their sights; and all of these billion pound productions originate from short cartoon narratives.
But how strictly should adaptions stick to the source material? The Amazing Spider-Man films have been criticised for changing Uncle Ben’s iconic line, “With great power comes great responsibility”, and reimagining the villains. Electro is now no longer a yellow and green criminal, but looks more like an electric Na’vi in a Primark hoodie. Comic book fans are notoriously dedicated to their canon, so this did not go down well. In fact, so dedicated are comic book fans that in 1994 when Hal Jordan a.k.a Green Lantern became the villain Parallax in the plotline Zero Hour, fans took out advertisements in newspapers to protest the fictional events of the comic book (and won). Moral of the story? Unless you have a damned good adaption idea, don’t mess with the canon.