Which Avengers: Infinity War Scenes Come Straight From the Comics

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WARNING: This article contains massive spoilers for Avengers: Infinity War, in theaters now.

Avengers: Infinity War is the culmination of the first decade of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, dating back to 2008's Iron Man. The filmmakers had their work cut out for them, as they were tasked with bringing together all of the characters fans know and love together in a story that pits them against the greatest threat they've ever faced: Thanos.

While the MCU is different from its comic book counterpart in some regards, it has remained true to the heroes that inhabit both. Even with its sprawling cast and plot threads that stretch back 10 years, Infinity War still managed to connect directly to the source material. Here, CBR runs down the biggest scenes from Joe and Anthony Russo's film that leaped straight from the comics page to the big screen.


'Thanos Is Coming!'

The Infinity Gauntlet comic series by Jim Starlin, George Pérez and Ron Lim served as the biggest inspiration for Infinity War. In fact, the 1991 miniseries proved so important that its opening scene found itself at the start of the film, albeit with slight alteration to make it fit into the MCU.

The scene takes place in Doctor Strange's New York Sanctum, where the Sorcerer Supreme and his companion Wong are startled by the sudden arrival of a guest through their roof. In the film, Bruce Banner crashes from the sky right into the Sanctum, and warns, "Thanos is coming!"

Infinity Gauntlet Silver Surfer Doctor Strange scene

This sequence is lifted straight from The Infinity Gauntlet #1. The only difference is that it's not Bruce Banner who crashes into Strange's home in the comic, but the Silver Surfer, who had come to warn Earth's heroes.

Attack on Manhattan

Not long after Bruce Banner arrives on Earth, Doctor Strange finds Tony Stark to reunite with his fellow science bro. However, the reunion between Stark and Banner is cut short by the arrival of the Thanos' elite warriors the Black Order, whose ship hovers over New York City. Then, Ebony Maw and Cull Obsidian take to the streets, only to be met by Stark, Banner, Strange and Wong.

New Avengers Infinity Ebony Maw Doctor Strange

While the scene from the movie is its own, part of it appears inspired by New Avengers (Vol. 3) #8 by Jonathan Hickman and Mike Deodato, a tie-in to Hickman's sprawling Infinity event. Thanos' army arrives over New York, and Ebony Maw takes to the streets to pay Doctor Strange a visit in his Sanctum Sanctorum. Stark and Banner aren't present in the comic, and the outcome is much different, but the film does appear to have taken direct inspiration from this comic book.

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