The Marvel Cinematic Universe did something almost unprecedented in comic book movies -- it took characters from the comics and actually improved many of them dramatically. There have been cases before (such as with Wolverine) where characters in movies took on a life of their own, but were they actually better than the comic book versions?
However, for every version of the superheroes that the MCU knocked out of the park, there were those heroes that left a bit to be desired. In a few of the cases, the big screen versions fell way short of the mark when it came to matching up to the characters that they represented. Only looking at the movies, here are five characters in the MCU who are stronger than in the comics (and five that are way worse).
10 HAWKEYE - BETTER IN THE COMICS
Jeremy Renner has been pretty open about his disappointment in playing Hawkeye in the MCU. While the MCU is in Marvel-616, the character of Hawkeye was clearly his Ultimates counterpart: a lifetime S.H.I.E.L.D. agent who ends up in The Avengers when Nick Fury launches the initiative.
However, the comic book version has a lot of great moments -- a former criminal who idolized Iron Man and wanted to better himself. He was also a rebel and that made him a fan favorite in comics for years. In The Avengers, he was a hypnotized lackey for Loki and it wasn't until Avengers: Endgame that anyone even cared about the MCU Hawkeye.
9 CAPTAIN AMERICA - BETTER IN THE MCU
Bringing Captain America to the big screen was a tough task. In the comic books, he was the straight-as-an-arrow All-American warrior, to the point of being one of the most boring superheroes in existence. The Civil War storyline gave him a little more nuance and the Ultimates made him a complete jerk.
However, after Captain America: The First Avenger, the MCU actually succeeded in turning Captain America into a good representation of his comic book character but a lot more interesting and well-rounded. By the time Endgame concluded, Cap was one of the MCU's most beloved and complex characters.
8 QUICKSILVER - BETTER IN THE COMICS
Quicksilver and Scarlet Witch showed up in Avengers: Age of Ultron, although the mutant siblings were changed into superpowered teens experimented on by Hydra. While Scarlet Witch has been decent (if a bit underwhelming) in the MCU, Quicksilver was a huge disappointment.
The arrogant son of Magneto was relegated to almost nothing in the movie world, making his sacrifice and death almost meaningless when it occurred. It also hurts that the X-Men franchise created their own version of Quicksilver, which was a ton of fun. Even though it was not like the comics either, it was far superior to the MCU version.
7 THOR - BETTER IN THE MCU
Thor took a while to actually catch on in the movies. While Chris Hemsworth was an easy favorite for some fans through the first two solo movies and first two Avengers movies, it wasn't until Thor: Ragnarok that he finally caught fire.
Humor and lightness were added to a character that fell flat in his own solo movies and never seemed to capture the imagination of fans. Now, Thor is one of the most beloved and interesting characters in the MCU and is loads more fun than the stoic Asgardian god from Marvel Comics.
6 HANK PYM - BETTER IN THE COMICS
When Marvel decided to make the Scott Lang version of Ant-Man, it made sense. He is the younger version, and has the daughter that could one day grow up to become a superhero too. However, Marvel decided to go ahead and bring in Hank Pym and give him a daughter as well, making Hope the MCU version of The Wasp.
Hope might be a better Wasp than her mother Janet, although losing the strong female leader of The Avengers from the comics was disappointing. As for Pym, Michael Douglas was fine in his role, but Hank Pym from the comics was such a brilliant character, with his split personality, psychosis, and propensity to walk the line between good and evil.
5 IRON MAN - BETTER IN THE MCU
Tony Stark in the MCU was brilliant as portrayed by Robert Downey Jr. He was arrogant and bullheaded, willing to do whatever he wanted no matter what anyone else thought. Even when he battled Captain America in Civil War, he still came across as heroic in his own way. He then had the perfect end to his story in Endgame.
Head over to Marvel Comics, and Iron Man is arrogant, conceited, and impossible to like. He makes mistakes and refuses to own up to them. In Civil War, he was insufferable and unforgivable. He never even seemed to act heroic when he was on the right side of the fight. The MCU actually made Iron Man a decent person in the end.
4 STAR-LORD - BETTER IN THE COMICS
This is not to say that Star-Lord is all that great in the comics, but when it comes to the MCU, he might be the most despised hero in any of the movies by fans. A lot of this has to do with the fact that he makes the dumbest decisions of any hero -- from acting like a child when he confronts Ego in Guardians of the Galaxy, Vol. 2 to his screwing up the battle with Thanos in Infinity War.
Honestly, he went from someone that fans could get behind in the first GotG movie to someone who (seems to have) lost Gamora, lost everything, in Endgame. Star-Lord in the comics is at least competent, while his MCU counterpart has become a walking joke.
3 VALKYRIE - BETTER IN THE MCU
When it comes to Valkyrie, the only similarities between the Marvel Comics character and the MCU character is the name. Well, there is also the fact that both were members of the legendary Valkyries in Asgardian folklore. However, at the end of the day, the MCU Valkyrie is better in every way than the comic version.
In the comics, Valkyrie is Brunnhilde, a tall, blonde warrior who goes into battle as the leader of Odin's team of female warriors. She is best known as a member of The Defenders. Valkyrie in the MCU is an alcoholic warrior who watched her entire team of warriors fall in battle to Hela before going into hiding on Sakaar.
2 JANE FOSTER - BETTER IN THE COMICS
It is true that in the MCU, Jane Foster is not a superhero. That is part of the problem here. She is someone who was treated very poorly in her movie appearances. She was strong-willed and independent in Thor and then was a woman needing to be saved in Thor: The Dark World. In both, she was simply Thor's love interest.
In the comics, she was much more independent over time and eventually became Thor. Her story was tragic as she became a strong hero who contracted cancer and found that every time she became Thor, her cancer worsened. She was a fantastic character and her MCU counterpart never came close.
1 NICK FURY - BETTER IN THE MCU
Recently, Marvel admitted that the MCU exists in the universe based on the Marvel-616 characters. In that world, Nick Fury is a white guy with an eye-patch -- someone that David Hasselhoff played in a television movie based on the character. He is a classic but really old-school and not that interesting today.
However, when Marvel started their Ultimate comic line, they redesigned Nick Fury to look and act just like he would if Samuel L. Jackson played him. Guess who the MCU chose to play Nick Fury? Everything about Fury in the MCU is a million times better than his classic Marvel counterpart and this was one of the best choices the MCU made.