Marvel Studios' movies are inspired by the comic books; but how much are the movies in turn inspiring those comics, and with what motivation? That's the question posed to Marvel publisher Dan Buckley amongst an extensive three-part interview conducted by comics retailing resource ICv2.
"People like to jump to conclusions," was Buckley's response to a question about a perepction that Marvel changes their print continuity to align with the Marvel Cinematic Universe continuity and whether or not that occurs.
While he denies that any changes in the comics were mandated by Marvel Studios, he does say that the movies are influencial to the people deciding the course with the comics publishing.
"So to say that both mediums have influence on each other, yes, " says Buckley. "They will creatively bleed into each other; people are going to steal good ideas from each other. That’s always going to happen."
An example he points to is how the depiction of Cerebro in the first X-Men movie influenced its subsequent depiction in comics.
"We all remember picking up our X-Men books in the 70s, 80s, and 90s. The Professor would go in to put Cerebro on and he’d wear a helmet in a room, and whatever room that was and whatever it looked like was up to the artist du jour," says the long-time Marvel employee. "But that room now, after the X-Men movie when he rolled into that big open area with the metallic globe that he is sitting inside of with the ramp, and then he puts the helmet on, you go into a Marvel comic now and that’s what that room looks like. The movie defined the mass market perception of what Cerebro looks like."
Buckley says that "the comics guys" took on that representation of Cerebro out of the visual appeal of the design, and not out of creating some sort of synergy with the movies.
Buckley states that decisions to replicate changes to characters in the comic books is a decision made solely inside the comic publishing division, namely "by editorial and the creative people within that area: the writers and artists involved with the editorial staff, and business management people in the publishing group."
The publisher explains that when a movie alters a character in a way that is "cool" or "defining of the character," those changes "will probably start influencing" the comics.
The Marvel publisher does note that a recent reveal in the Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. television series that the TV character of Skye is in fact the comics character Daisy Johnson, and that the comics publishing is working "to deal with the oddity..."
Buckley goes on to dismiss the idea that Marvel would completely align the Marvel Cinematic Universe and the comics' continuity, calling it a "venture into madness."