For example, take the Wolverine character.

Wolverine in comics look like this:

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Whereas in movies he looks like this:

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Why are the costumes not the same in the comics and their movie adaptations?

  • X-men is not part of MCU. Also it seems too broad
    – Ankit Sharma
    Commented Sep 24, 2016 at 12:41
  • @AnkitSharma can you tell why my post seems too broad? Commented Sep 24, 2016 at 12:47
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    "Why costumes in comics & its movies not same?", with MCU tag and body is about X-men film and if we go by each and every character from MCU and X-men films, it will be too broad. And really not even clear to me
    – Ankit Sharma
    Commented Sep 24, 2016 at 12:50
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    What works in a comic doesn't necessarily work in a movie.
    – BCdotWEB
    Commented Sep 24, 2016 at 13:27

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You're asking a question of why visual decisions were made when adapting and remediating a character. The most obvious if unhelpful answer is because someone chose to change it.

it kind of starts and ends there really; it was a choice, and questioning that choice can only be answered comprehensively by said person that chose to remove the costume.

The picture you include in you question is not actually Wolverine's most common costume (if we accept that the black stripes down the shoulders/across the chests is his 'classic' appearance), which just goes to show how many variations there are.

In the case of Wolverine, we can speculate quite confidently that this decision was made because, tonally, the costume wouldn't fit with the rest of the film. Cyclops' line 'What would you prefer? Yellow spandex?' is a direct reference to how absurd the costume would look compared to the leather costumes worn by the X-men in the film.

Lastly, whilst you may be correct in stating that Wolverine's yellow and blue costume is 'iconic', it's not his only costume, and it has changed several times over since his first appearance back in 1974. Below are just a handful of the changes that have been made to his appearance since that date.

First appearance: notice the black stripes across his chest

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Variations range from subtle to extreme, but the point is there is no canonically accepted 'norm' for Wolverine's appearance.

  • Don't they use yellow leather in first class quite effectively? It's not that yellow spandex would have clashed, it's that the movie producers have no faith. Hell, look at the ending of the Wolverine for the classic costume in the briefcase. It looked bad ass!
    – cde
    Commented Sep 24, 2016 at 17:46

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