Back to the Future Part II is not as strong
When a book (comic or otherwise) is adapted for the big screen, some moments are changed or dumped in respect to presenting a more coherent narrative to the audience. One of this years biggest comic adaptations was from Captain America: The Winter Solider. Plenty of things were modified and outright changed for the film and here are a few:
1. The start:
The Captain America comic line was already still progressing over the decades so Steve wasn’t still grasping with his recent defrosting. The comic events start as a simple day at the office for the super soldier with him battling a terrorist cell of A.I.M. on top a speeding outdoor subway.
2. The villain:
Robert Redford’s Alexander Pierce was the puppet-master orchestrating the whole ordeal in the film. The comic featured two major badguys. One was a familiar face, the Red Skull, who starts the story as a red-herring for the real villain, Aleksander Lukin. Lukin is a former Soviet general who finds the Winter Soldier tucked away in top-secret facility after the fall of the Soviet Union and unleashes him against SHIELD and Red Skull to suit his own agenda.
3. Sharon Carter:
Movie Cap’s next door neighbor turns out to be a SHIELD agent keeping an eye on him. While present throughout the finale, the agent is never fully named. Only her first name is given by Black Widow before the last scene. Comic fans will instantly recognize her as Sharon Carter, the niece of series favorite Peggy Carter and Captain America’s current comic love-interest. In the comic, Sharon is a prominent figure throughout the entire story-line and rekindles her romance with Steve Rogers during the events of Winter Soldier.
The major reveal of Captain America: The Winter Soldier is that Hydra had infiltrated SHIELD and was ready to make their new move for world domination. The comic’s story has Cap working with SHIELD through the whole story but no sleeper agents involved at all. Lukin is working with former Soviets to accomplish his goal of world domination and needs a fully charged Cosmic Cube to win.
5. The Cosmic Cube:
The Marvel Cinematic Universe introduced the Cosmic Cube as the Tesseract in Phase One. In the comic, the Cube is the crux of the whole story with Red Skull, Lukin, and SHIELD vying for control of a fully powered Cosmic Cube.
Anthony Mackie stole the movie introducing audiences to Captain America’s long-time superhero friend the Falcon. The movie took clear-inspiration from the look of Falcon’s Ultimate version with a military aesthetic. The comic has the traditional Falcon complete with his traditional power set including the ability to talk to birds. I think something was lost not having Mackie speaking to birds.
7. Winter Soldier’s origin:
The movie captures the right beats, but Bucky had been dead in comics for decades. The movie showed that Hydra has rescued him after his deadly fall and brought him back as a dangerous killer. Bucky was actually picked up by a Russian submarine and brought back to be experiment on. His “death” had taken his arm and left him with amnesia. The KGB trained him and used him as an assassin during the whole of the Cold War. They’d send him on a mission and put him in hibernation between each mission. The fall of the Soviet Union put the Winter Soldier permanently in stasis until Lukin dug him up.
8. Black Widow:
The Black Widow was Cap’s companion through the bulk of the story. In the comic, the Widow is nowhere to be seen. That doesn’t mean the Widow isn’t involved in Winter Solider’s origin, however. She and Bucky fell for each other while being trained by the KGB. By the time Bucky regains his memory, Widow and him pick up where they left off.
9. The ending:
Captain America puts up with a vicious beating until the Winter Soldier regains his memory. The comic’s finale has a similar knock-out fight between the two, but it’s not over the fate of the world in an exploding hover-carrier, but rather over who gets the Cosmic Cube. Gaining the upper hand, Cap unleashes the power of the Cube and gives Bucky his memories back.