Marvel Studios Producer on Why the MCU Avoids Hiring Comic Book Fans | Popgen Tech
The MCU has always taken its fair share of liberties when adapting stories from Marvel Comics, something that doesn’t always sit well with fans. However, according to Marvel Studios producer Nate Moore, it was in the best interest of the studio that the writers were not wedded to the source material.
Moore is a well-known name at Marvel Studios. The producer has credits in several films, most of which are tied Captain America and Black Pantherwith the Black Panther: Wakanda Forever and 2024’s Captain America: New World Order being his latest projects. In that regard, the producer recently described being part of the Marvel fandom as something that can easily be a red flag when the studio is looking for new directors and writers to helm its projects.
In an interview with The Town with Matt Belloni podcast (via The Direct), Moore said there aren’t any special requirements to fill out, or a Marvel crash course to complete for newcomers. “I don’t want you to have a preconceived idea of what it is, because you grew up in Issue 15 and that’s what you want to recreate. […] I want someone who is materially poor, saying, ‘What is this? I think there’s a movie here, but maybe we should look at it this way,” Moore explained. While Moore acknowledged that directors like Ryan Coogler and Anthony and Joe Russo are comic book lovers, he offered examples of the opposite, such as Taika Waititi turning Thor into a goofball, and Captain America writers Christopher Markus and Stephen McFeely.
Above all, Moore believes it’s important for anyone working for Marvel Studios to appreciate the source material and recognize the changes that need to be made. “I think that’s important to go, ‘Look, the source material is great, and I like it, and the comics work in the medium they’re developed in, but that’s not a direct, one-to-one translation. in the best version of the movie,'” he said. The producer outlines the real qualities the MCU wants: that the directors have “demonstrated excellence” during their careers and that they share a passion for the movie the studio wants to make.
One of the clearest examples of these changes from comics to film is a film made by Moore, Captain America: Civil War, which was supposed to be a massive story in print but ended up being shrunk into a single film that did incredibly well at the box office and in terms of fan appreciation. Not all interpretations are met with the same praise, as the MCU’s take on the Mandarin, one of Iron Man’s most terrifying villains, is still considered a very inferior version of the character.
Sometimes, in cases like Ms. Marvel, Kamala Khan’s entire set of powers and origins had to be changed to make her fit into the MCU storyline. On the other hand, He-Hulk embraced certain aspects of comics but mixed them with a certain brand of humor from the writers. Currently, fans are eager to see what the MCU is up to The Kang Dynasty and Secret Warstwo of Marvel’s most ambitious stories.
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Source: The Town with Matt Belloni (via The Direct)