Making a superhero movie is difficult, as often times filmmakers need to deliver a unique and captivating story, while still honoring the source material. As a result, these movies almost never perfectly resemble the original comic book stories, as a number of creative liberties need to be taken. That being said, most of the time the featured characters resemble their comic book counterparts in the important ways, but not everyone receives that treatment.

The Marvel Cinematic Universe has introduced a lot of heroes and villains over the last decade, and among these ever-growing group, a select number who barely resemble the same characters from the comics, which is sometimes for the better, and other times doesn't work out as planned. We've selected 10 characters who best fit this bill, and starting off, let's turn our attention to one of Black Panther's breakout players.


M'Baku has been one of T'Challa's chief adversaries in the comics for decades, but sticking him in a white gorilla suit and calling him Man-Ape almost certainly would have been problematic for the MCU. But along with ditching his super villain gimmick (though his costume does have some white gorilla fur on it), Winston Duke's M'Baku was reimagined as more of a rival to T'Challa in Black Panther rather than a nemesis. As the leader of the Jabari, a.k.a. the Mountain Tribe, M'Baku believed that it was a mistake for Wakanda to turn its back on tradition and lean too heavily on technological advancement, hence why he fought T'Challa for the throne. By the end of the movie, though, he helped T'Challa defeat Killmonger and his forces, so they seem to be on good terms now.

The Ancient One

For Stephen Strange to make the shift from once-accomplished surgeon to powerful sorcerer, he needs some to teach him the mystic arts. That's where The Ancient One comes in, though rather than be a elderly-looking Asian man, the character was turned into a Celtic woman, a.k.a. Tilda Swinton, for Doctor Strange. Marvel Studios president Kevin Feige noted that Swinton's Ancient One was only the latest person to use that title, but this iteration is still very much a different character from the comic book version. This change was made to avoid making the Ancient One look like a racist stereotype, though Swinton's casting was later met with accusations of whitewashing.

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