As the distinctions between Marvel’s cinematic universe and its comic book counterpart increasingly blur, some have complained that Marvel’s publishing division is deliberately altering its history and lineup to better reflect the status quo of its film and television series. It’s not an overly difficult conclusion to reach, what with Quick Silver and Scarlet Witch’s disassociation from their mutant father Magneto just a few weeks ago.
But Marvel’s publisher, Dan Buckley, is protesting those claims. In a recent interview with ICV2, Buckley stated that while Marvel Studios and Marvel publishing feed off of each other creatively, the studio has never officially mandated how Marvel’s comic universe should unfold.
“They will creatively bleed into each other; people are going to steal good ideas from each other. That’s always going to happen,” Buckley told the website. “But they’re going to act, breathe and operate in the comics universe in the continuity of the comics universe. In the television universe they’ll still be in the Cinematic Universe doing what they’re doing.”
While Buckley conceded that it’s impossible for a film seen by millions to not have some sort of influence on Marvel’s editorial lineup, he said that Marvel is “not looking to align continuity between the two storytelling worlds because, frankly, that would be a venture into madness.”
“One is not overriding the other,” he added. “It would be way too hard. But they do influence each other, and that’s a lot of fun.”
Since the launch of the Marvel Cinematic Universe in 2008 with Iron Man, Marvel’s slate of movies and television series have had an undeniable affect on its publishing division. Since Iron Man, Tony Stark has bee repositioned as a wise-cracking playboy, Steve Rogers re-assumed the mantle of Captain America and Bucky Barnes returned to his Winter Soldier identity, an African America Nick Fury replaced the Caucasian one, and most recently, Scott Lang took over as the official Ant-Man, replacing Hank Pym and Eric O’Grady. Then again, comic books have generally bent to the whims of their cinematic counterparts, going as far back as the X-Men changing their spandex for leather jackets in 2001 to better reflect the cinematic X-Men's leather suits.
But what do you think? Is Marvel’s film division influencing its comics universe too much? Sound off in the comments below.
(Via The Hollywood Reporter)