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Many comic book movies blend story elements from a few different storylines involving the characters, with varying results. Straight/faithful adaptations of storylines are fairly uncommon, especially with superhero comic books.


Marvel Comics

  • Spider-Man is adapted from Amazing Fantasy #15, The Night Gwen Stacy Died, and the Green Goblin stories of the 1960s.
  • Amazing Spider-Man series:
    • The Amazing Spider-Man combines Peter Parker's origin story with the Lizard story, which never appeared in Spidey's origin, as well as elements from Ultimate Spider-Man.
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    • The Amazing Spider Man 2 combined the origin of Electro (60s story) with The Night Gwen Stacy Died (70s). Once again, the former villain is not present at all in the latter story. The Rhino for instance is a Russian gangster like his classic depiction, but pilots a Mini-Mecha/Powered Armor like his Ultimate counterpart.
  • Punisher: War Zone crafted a story that used both characters from the mainstream books and The Punisher MAX as it has Jigsaw as its Big Bad (though the Heavy, the villain of the Max arc, "Girls in White Dresses", which was released a few months before the movie, was revealed to be the MAX version of the character), yet the movie shows him interacting with Gaitano Cesare (Jennifer Cesare's grandfather) as the movie makes Cesare Jigsaw's uncle; he's shipping in something for the Bulats; and Pittsy and Ink, (Those Two Bad Guys for Nicolas Cavella) and Maginty are shown working for Jigsaw. Likewise the movie also shows Martin Soap working with Paul Budiansky.
  • X-Men film series:
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    • X-Men: The Last Stand has elements of both The Dark Phoenix Saga and the Mutant Cure storylines, both of which are spread apart by nearly two decades in the comics. The titular character of the first doesn't even appear in the second!
    • X-Men Origins: Wolverine adapts several plots from the comic in Broad Strokes, referencing parts of Wolverine: Origin, Wolverine's relationship with Silverfox, involvement in Team X, Barry Windsor-Smith's Weapon X, and Deadpool being part of Weapon X.
    • Logan is a loose adaptation of Old Man Logan in part due to rights issues with other Marvel characters. Additionally, it changes the deaths of the X-Men from being Mysterio tricking Wolverine into killing them to Xavier accidentally killing them with his powers during a seizure. It also adapts elements of Death of Wolverine, including Wolverine's healing factor shutting down and ultimately Wolverine dying. The modified crops Transigen created to kill mutants is a more grounded version of the depowering of mutants in House of M. Elements of Innocence Lost were also included, X-23 and her origins most notably, mixed with her original X-Men: Evolution incarnation. She has the age and implied ethnicity of her cartoon version, but the design and darker personality of her comic version (bar some changes to go with her decreased age, such as scrapping her teenage prostitution backstory).
  • Marvel Cinematic Universe:
  • Venom combines Planet of the Symbiotes with Venom's Lethal Protector solo series.
  • Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse combines Spider-Verse with Spider-Men, and frames it all as a Miles Morales origin story.

DC Comics

Other English Language Comics

  • Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles:
  • Judge Dredd: Elements from a bunch of different arcs are mashed together, including The Return of Rico (Dredd's corrupt twin brother Rico returns from a prison colony to get revenge), The Day the Law Died (an insane and tyrannical senior Judge seizes power), The Cursed Earth (Dredd traverses the bombed out territory outside the city), The Judge Child Quest (Dredd encounters the Angel family), and Oz (Dredd thwarts a plot to conquer the city with an army of clones), greatly condensing their stories.

Franco-Belgian Comics


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