Side-By-Side Comparisons Reveal How On-Screen Superheroes Look “Then and Now”

It’s always fun to take a look back and see where you started versus how far you’ve come. Imgur user i124qnds recently shared a series of images that takes this idea and applies it to on-screen superheroes and villains. The Incredible Hulk, Spider-Man, the Joker, Wonder Woman, and many other iconic figures are the subjects of a side-by-side comparison that shows how they looked during early appearances versus their latest ones—in some cases, that’s almost 70 years!

Many of the “then and now” juxtapositions are more drastic than others. Superman, for instance, has been on screen since 1948, long before digital effects like CGI. His 2016 counterpart appears more muscular and polished to embody the idea of Man of Steel. Likewise, Iron Man has had a similar—and even more striking—transformation. The modern-day superhero is a much more powerful figure than the 1977 iteration, in which the suit looks like a metal can turned upside down.

Check out some more comparisons, below. How has your favorite superhero or villain fared over the years?

Above: Hulk: 1978 and 2012

The Amazing Spider-Man: 1977 and 2016

Wolverine: 2000 and 2013

Captain America: 1990 and 2016

Superman: 1948 and 2016

Batman: 1943 and 2016

Thor: 1978 and 2013

Wonder Woman: 1975 and 2016

Robocop: 1987 and 2014

Fantastic Four: 1994 and 2015

Joker: 1966 and 2008

Nick Fury: 1998 and 2012

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: 1990 and 2016

Iron Man: 1977 and 2008

via [Imgur]

Sara Barnes

Sara Barnes is a Staff Editor at My Modern Met, Manager of My Modern Met Store, and co-host of the My Modern Met Top Artist Podcast. As an illustrator and writer living in Seattle, she chronicles illustration, embroidery, and beyond through her blog Brown Paper Bag and Instagram @brwnpaperbag. She wrote a book about embroidery artist Sarah K. Benning titled 'Embroidered Life' that was published by Chronicle Books in 2019. Sara is a graduate of the Maryland Institute College of Art. She earned her BFA in Illustration in 2008 and MFA in Illustration Practice in 2013.
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