How characters in the MCU compared to their comic-book counterpart

Since the release of “Iron Man” in 2008, the Marvel Cinematic Universe has been going strong and it has been expanding ever since. Not only are there movies, but also TV shows. However, Marvel heroes have been around in comic books since 1941. So, it’s only natural that every Avenger (and honorary Avenger) in the MCU is to be compared to their comic-book equivalent. This also goes for the villains that appear in the MCU. The Avengers have faced a slew of villains over the course of 25 films and (at least) five TV programs. Every adversary our heroes have faced in the MCU has been compared to their comic-book counterparts as well. Let’s take a look at these comparisons.

Yelena Belova is played by Florence Pugh in “Black Widow”

Yelena Belova is Natasha Romanoff’s adoptive sister and a Red Room operative for General Dreykov. Following Romanoff’s defection from the Red Room, Belova and the other Black Widows were subjected to mind control programming into servitude by Dreykov. Belova teamed up with Romanoff to bring down the Red Room for good.

In the comics, Belova was sent to kill Romanoff but later became an ally of hers. Romanoff eventually killed her but she was later cloned. Florence Pugh gave life to Belova in the MCU’s “Black WIdow.” The character’s first comic appearance was in “Inhumans No. 5” in March 1999.

Melina Vostokoff is played by Rachel Weisz in “Black Widow”

Melina Vostokoff is the adoptive mother of Natasha Romanoff and Yelena Belova, as well as a veteran Red Room agent. Vostokoff assisted Dreykov in developing a brainwashing mechanism used on the Black Widows. Vostokoff rejoined Romanoff and Belova in their mission to free the Widows and put an end to the Red Room once and for all.


In the comics, Melina Vostokoff is an agent of the Russian Government who eventually left Russia to become a freelance assassin. In the MCU, she was played by Rachel Weisz. The character’s first appearance was in “Marvel Fanfare No. 11” in November 1983.

Agatha Harkness is played by Kathryn Hahn in “WandaVision”

During the Salem witch trials, Agatha Harkness, a witch from Salem, Massachusetts, was accused of performing dark magic by her own coven. Over three hundred years later, she recognized the presence of chaos magic emanating from Wanda Maximoff’s Westview Anomaly, and plotted to harness her power.


While mourning was the main challenge in “WandaVision,” Kathryn Hahn’s Agatha Harkness was a powerful opponent. She’s significantly older and more of Wanda’s ally in the comics. Kathryn Hahn was nominated for an Emmy. Her first comics appearance was in “Fantastic Four No. 94” in January 1970. In the MCU, she appears in “WandaVision.”


White Vision is played by Paul Bettany in “WandaVision”

White Vision had been created as a weapon by S.W.O.R.D to be used to destroy both Wanda Maximoff and the Vision she had created inside the Westview Anomaly. In order to make him more susceptible to Tyler Hayward’s programming, he was blocked from accessing the original Vision’s memories.


However, White Vision regains the original memories and reveals himself to be the true Vision. He flees to a place unknown. Paul Bettany played Vision/White Vision in the MCU. The character’s first comics appearance was in “The West Coast Avengers vol. 2 No. 45” in June 1989.