Both DC Comics and Marvel have published thousands of storylines that fans will want to see on the big screen. In addition, there are many comics that make fans wonder what the publishers were thinking. Whether for their explicit content or the insensitive way they tackle serious topics, some stories were particularly controversial at the time of publication.
Even if both DC and Marvel fans are eager to have their favorite arcs adapted into an adult universe, these comics go too far when it comes to awkward topics. Fortunately, both companies know better than to spotlight these terrible live-action adaptation options.
10 Iron Man’s addiction to alcohol was too sad
In 1979 David Michelinie, Bob Layton, John Romita, Jr. and Carmine Infantino ‘Demon in a Bottle’. It was a story of nine songs in The Invincible Iron Man which follows Tony Stark as he copes with his alcoholism. After his armor stops working properly, things keep going wrong for him, including his dependence on alcohol to forget his problems.
Bob Layton revealed that the team wanted to create a story where alcoholism was “the bad guy instead of Doctor Doom or someone like that”. However, this arc certainly makes for an awkward reading. While it ends on a hopeful note and even serves as a cautionary tale, it also portrays Tony Stark at his most vulnerable, which is a hard pill to swallow for Iron Man fans.
9 Green Lantern’s Girlfriend Became a Plot Device
Green Lantern Ron Marz’s #54 features one of the most embarrassing moments in comic book history. When Kyle Rayner, aka Green Lantern, arrives at his apartment, he finds the body of his girlfriend, Alex DeWitt, put in a refrigerator by Major Force. This heinous crime reduced Alex to just a plot for Kyle’s exploits, and fans took notice.
What resulted was the establishment of Women in fridges, a website that analyzes how the comic book industry often places female characters in traumatic situations — rape, murder, torture — to inspire the male characters’ arcs. Since Alex DeWitt has already been established as one of the most anti-feminist moments in comics, Warner could never use it as inspiration for a movie.
8 She-Hulk was involved in Eros’ trial for sexual assault charges
In She-Hulk #6-7 by Dan Slott and Will Conrad, Starfox hires Jennifer Walters’ legal department after a woman accuses him of sexual assault. According to the victim, the Eternal used his psionic powers to force her to sleep with him. Despite the premise, She-Hulk agrees to become Starfox’s attorney.
After experiencing something similar herself when they were Avengers, She-Hulk becomes convinced of Eros’ guilt. However, the beginning of the trial doesn’t put her in the best light when she’s still defending the indefensible. Ever since She-Hulk: Lawyersupposed to be a comedy series, Marvel is unlikely to adapt this embarrassing storyline anytime soon.
7 Wonder Woman became the Secretary of the Justice League
Wonder Woman is now an icon, but in the past she struggled to earn the respect of her peers. When she first teamed up with the Justice Society of America (a superteam prior to the Justice League), the all-male group named her an honorary member. They did this by asking her to be their secretary, despite being one of the strongest DC characters at the time. The worst part is that she accepts this offer.
Since this sexist event, which took place in All Star Comics #8, Wonder Woman has come a long way. In fact, she is one of the main characters in the DC universe. Consequently, no filmmaker would give her a role among its male members of the Justice League anymore—not in the comics and not in the movies.
6 Carol Danvers was raped by her own son
During avengers #197, Miss Marvel is going through an unnatural pregnancy that only lasts a few days. She then gives birth to Marcus, who grows into a grown man in a few hours. It turns out Marcus has impregnated Carol to secure his own existence.
This ridiculous storyline is about rape and incest as if they were nothing. Plus, it tries to make it seem like Carol’s pregnancy is a good thing. Her fellow Avengers, for example, congratulate her, almost oblivious to what’s really happening. All in all, it’s a very bizarre situation that Marvel Studios would never acknowledge.
5 Steamboat was an offensive racial stereotype
Originally published by Fawcett Comics, Steamboat Bill (aka Steamboat), was an African-American food truck owner who played the role of Captain Marvel and Billy Batson’s valet. According to its creator, CC Beck, it was created to appeal to African American readers. However, he was portrayed as a stupid racial stereotype.
In 2022, the world is still dealing with racism. However, people have started to actively condemn these types of stereotypes in the media. if Shazam! Anger of the GodsSteamboat, they had to be very careful. Therefore, it would be better if the character was forgotten.
4 Spider-Man gave Mary Jane cancer
Spider-Man: Reign is a Spidey story that kids shouldn’t read. Created by Kaare Andrews, it is a four-song series set 30 years in a dystopian future. Peter, now an elderly man, is widowed after Mary Jane died of cancer as a result of her exposure to Spider-Man’s radioactive sperm.
Besides this morbid detail, Spider-Man: Reign includes what the fandom calls “the nude panel,” in which Peter’s genitals are exposed as he sits on his bed. Given how important it is to keep this character as the friendly neighborhood Spider-Man, Spider-Man: Reign will never be adjusted.
3 Superman was forced into porn in action comics
During Action Strips #592-593, the villain known as Sleez kidnaps Big Barda, Miracle Man’s wife, to keep her as a sex slave. When Superman tries to save her, Sleez brainwashes him and forces him and Big Barda to star in an adult film. It’s only when Miracle Man appears – including a close-up of his shocked face – that both characters shoot out.
This short but strange story distorts how fans view Superman: the respectable and noble hero turned into a victim and found himself in an extremely vulnerable position. This goes against anything Warner Bros would want to convey when it comes to the Man of Steel.
2 Even Stan Lee criticized Fury MAX
Fury, by Garth Ennis, is about a retired Nick Fury as he tries to stop Rudi Gargaring, the former Hydra agent. Like most Garth Ennis comics, Fury is an explicit story. The comic shows Fury having sex with prostitutes and killing various characters in gruesome ways, including a scene where he strangles a man with his own entrails.
Ennis himself admitted Fury is one of his favorite stories, but the comic received a lot of criticism. Even Stan Lee condemned the violence at the time. Given its macabre nature, Disney Studios would never agree to adapt Fury. Their priority is to keep the PG-13 in the MCU so they avoid Marvel’s sharpest stories.
1 Jason Todd’s death divided the fandom
After his debut in Batman #357 as Dick Grayson’s successor, Jason Todd caused a rift in the fandom. While many fans loved him, others despised the new Robin. After DC conducted a telephone poll to decide his future in the comics, fans decided it was time for him to die, set in A Death in the familyj.
Since then, Jason Todd’s death has been reconsidered and his character has matured much more. However, fans still can’t believe DC killed him in cold blood, especially given the option to narrowly win the poll. Therefore, the DCEU has chosen not to include this storyline. Instead they made a little reference to it during Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice.
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