Comics to Film


Images courtesy of 20th Century Fox and Marvel Comics


First appearing in Young X-Men #1, Ink is a human who gains powers through a mutant tattoo artist. The character had a small role in X-Men: Days of Future Past, played by actor Gregg Lowe. Ink’s onscreen appearance shares similar “power tattoos” with his comic book counterpart: a Phoenix over his eye, lines on his forearm and a lightning bolt on the side of his head.


“When I read the script for the first time, I was like, ‘Finally, yes!’” said Iceman actor, Shawn Ashmore to NY Daily News. “We get to the see the ice fly. I was incredibly excited, because I was waiting four movies to do that.”


In the “Days of Future Past” comic, telepath and telekinetic Rachel Summers is the one to send Kitty Pryde’s mind into her younger, past self. Ellen Page’s character is given this time-traveling ability in the film, using her phasing powers to manipulate Wolverine’s mind through time.


Mystique is on her own during the beginning of “X-Men: Days of Future Past” with her own mission which can change the course of history. The very one the future X-Men are trying to fight against. The same plot point is in both comic and film. Mystique leads the Brotherhood of Mutants and plans to assassinate Senator Kelly. Destiny (pictured) is the one to wield the weapon in he comics. Mystique holds the gun in the film.


The opening battle sequence in “X-Men: Days of Future Past” shows three Sentinels being dropped from a carrier to attack the future X-Men. The comics has three Sentienls attacking the X-Men, with an additional three showing up after the first trio were brought down.


Costume designer Louise Mingenbach gave Omar Sy’s Bishop his trademark red cape or bandanna that’s seen in the comics. Both incarnations feature an “M” scar over their eye.


His healing factor slows down his aging, but he’s not immortal. Hugh Jackman’s Wolverine gets his gray temples from the “X-Men: Days of Future Past” comic.


Professor Xavier’s famous hover chair makes its debut in “X-Men: Days of Future Past”.


Designed by Bolivar Trask in “X-Men: Days of Future Past,” inhibitor collars keep mutants from using their powers when the device is placed around their neck.


Director James Mangold tweeted that Frank Miller’s artwork featuring Logan fighting ninjas was the inspiration behind this poster for “The Wolverine.”


One has to wonder if “The Wolverine” creative team was inspired by the second iteration of Silver Samurai, who wore a technologically-advanced suit of armor.


“X-Men” photographers snapped Hugh Jackman in this iconic Wolverine pose.


Though she’s missing her trademark green hair, “The Wolverine” version of Viper (played by Svetlana Khodchenkova) wears a familiar green body suit and gloves.


Azazel (played by Jason Flemyng) is a skilled swordsman and  often uses various forms of weaponry in battle.


“First Class” Beast (played by Nicholas Hoult) has feline features, a look which first appeared in the comics during Grant Morrison’s run on the influential “New X-Men” comic book. His look will be less cat-like in “Days of Future Past.”


Much to fans appreciation, the “First Class” uniforms paid tribute to the classic blue and gold costumes from the comic books.


Beast’s comic book origin of mutating into the furry blue mutant via serum was shown in “First Class.”


Darwin, the mutant that is able to adapt to anything…is killed. The character also died in the comics, although he eventually converted into energy and reformed his body.


Inspired or coincidence? Very similar images of Magneto.


The lined “wings” or “flaps” on Banshee’s back, which help him to control his flight, are akin to those from the comic book.


Emma Frost’s classic comic book attire was adapted for the big screen.


Magneto’s comic book helmet appeared in “X-Men: First Class.”


It’s not uncommon for Wolverine to slice off a Sentinel head in the X-Men comics! This iconic moment was translated to the big screen.


In the comics, Storm and Callisto are known for their crazy fights; it was no different for their pairing in X3. The two characters battled it out twice!


Beast doing a signature move!


Before Jean Grey kills Professor Xavier, she lifts her arms in a classic Dark Phoenix pose. Watch the deleted psychic battle scene where she even says “I am Phoenix.”


A very familiar pose for Nightcrawler.


Coincidence? These two poses are pretty much identical.


Cyclops on a motorcycle; pondering what to do next.


Beast is known for doing many acrobatic feats in the comics! As seen in both the comic and film, he loves doing various activities upside-down.


When you have Wolverine and Colossus in the same film, it’s obvious what you have to do: the fastball special!


Wolverine hiding from a Sentinel. Was this a tribute to the Days of the Future Past comic book arc?


Juggernaut doing what he does best!