The rich history of comic books means that any movie based on comic book characters have a lot of material to utilise and fall back on. As a result, a lot of iconic comic book scenes have already been depicted in such movies. Peter Parker being bitten by a spider, Tony Stark's kidnapping, Bucky Barnes waking up as the Winter Soldier and Bane breaking Batman's back are just a few examples of such classic comic scenes that have been immortalised on screen.
The future of comic book movies looks bright, with the likes of Marvel and DC now having plans in place for movies as far forward as 2019 (in Marvel's case) and 2020 (in DC's case) and that opens the doors for countless more classic comic book scenes to be depicted in live action.
Given that we know exactly what those films are going to be in both companies' cases, it's not difficult to take a stab at some of the best comic book moments fans will be seeing recreated in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, or MCU, in future. The following are eleven awesome comic book scenes that die hard fans are expecting to see on the big screen.
*This article contains spoilers covering several Marvel story arcs*
11 Rocket Raccoon Threatens Thanos
Rocket Raccoon is a character movie audiences have already grown to love in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. This little hero appeared in Guardians of the Galaxy and was extremely likeable, vulnerable and surprisingly useful - the "surprisingly" part only being relevant if you weren't familiar with him from the comic books.
10 Spider-Man's Origins
This has been to done to death now, with both Tobey Maguire and Andrew Garfield's version of Spider-Man having been given an origin story on screen since the turn of the new millennium. It has also been depicted in a number of Spider-Man comic books over the years. But fans would still love to see a Marvel Cinematic Universe interpretation of the iconic moment.
9 Adam Warlock Arrives On Earth
At the start of the Infinity Gauntlet storyline, when it comes to light that Thanos is about to make the proverbial mess hit the fan, a number of heroes and powerful beings around the universe gather in their own personal groups to discuss matters.
One such discussion - on Earth, between the likes of Doctor Strange, Doctor Doom and the Silver Surfer - is interrupted by the key figure of Adam Warlock, who plans to stop Thanos, having been resurrected after the Mad Titan himself had killed him years ago.
8 Surtur Brings About Ragnarok
While this might not be a specific comic book panel, so to speak, now that audiences know that Thor: Ragnarok is an upcoming movie, the idea of the mighty fire demon Surtur coming to the big screen is a very exciting one.
A native of the extradimensional plane of Muspelheim - a location that was hinted at via a fiery visual Easter egg during the Convergence event in Thor: The Dark World - Surtur is one of the many enemies of Asgard who Loki frees in order to bring about Ragnarok in the comic books.
7 Spider-Man Officially Joins The Avengers
Spider-Man has yet to appear alongside the Avengers in the movies, given that he has been tied up with a different movie studio (Sony Pictures) for as long as he has been portrayed in Hollywood. He has, however, long been associated with the Avengers and related teams in the comic books, but he didn't become an official member until 2006, in New Avengers #15.
He was announced to the world as part of the team by Captain America and company - and it will be a fantastic moment when he finally joins them in the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
6 A Key Hero Unmasks
Captain America: Civil War will see the introduction of Spider-Man to the Marvel Cinematic Universe. It isn't yet known how big his role will be, but he could potentially be a part of an adaptation of one of the most pivotal moments in comic book history.
In the Civil War comic book story arc, Peter Parker unmasked to the public for the first time in history - having been convinced to do so by Tony Stark - but it was to his detriment, as it exposed his family to Spider-Man's enemies and put them in danger.
5 Captain America Vs Iron Man
Captain America: Civil War is obviously going to pit Captain America against Iron Man - that goes without saying, as it's the entire premise of the movie. However, the specific scene that should be expected - and one that will be awesome to see - is the iconic clash of Cap's vibranium shield and Iron Man's repulsor blast in the exact same pose as the picture above.
4 The Death Of Captain America
The fact that there is a Civil War movie on the horizon is ominous for the Marvel Cinematic Universe version of Captain America. The hero was killed in the aftermath of the comic book version of the event - Crossbones, who is going to be in the movie, shot him from afar - and it is more than likely going to happen the same way in the movie.
3 Thanos Snaps His Fingers
When Thanos first gets his hands on the Infinity Gauntlet in the Infinity Gauntlet comic book arc, he uses its immense universal power to snap his fingers and erase half of the life in the entire universe (in an attempt to impress Mistress Death).
2 Captain America Stands Up To Thanos
Despite the fact that he will probably have died already at the hands of Crossbones in Captain America: Civil War, the likelihood is that Captain America will be resurrected in order to lead the Avengers against Thanos, allowing Chris Evans to fulfil his contract with Marvel Studios.
1 Drax Kills Thanos
The heroic Marvel Cinematic Universe character who has the most personal beef with Thanos is Drax. Thanos was indirectly responsible for the murder of Drax's entire family, prompting the green alien to rampage angrily throughout the universe - in fact, he even said he was gunning for Thanos at the end of the Guardians of the Galaxy movie.
It would be a fitting demise for Thanos if Drax was to land the killing blow on the Mad Titan in the second Infinity War movie. However, the whole "heart ripped out" thing, which happened during the cosmic Annihilation comic book arc, might be too graphic for the younger MCU audience. Regardless, it really should be Drax who finishes Thanos off on screen.
Sources: Marvel.com, Wikipedia, Marvel Wiki, Comic Vine.
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