It might not seem very nice to regularly remind our readers that Dragon Ball Evolution happened, but we all have to face reality at some point. Hollywood’s monumentally disappointing live-action take on Dragon Ball premiered in 2009, and it’s back in discussion a decade later thanks to Captain Marvel.
The latest Marvel movie—which sets the stage nicely for April’s Avengers: Endgame—had a big first weekend, in which droves of theatergoers watched Carol Danvers, Nick Fury, and the shape-shifting Skrulls on the big screen. It was the latter component that brought back memories of Dragon Ball Evolution, specifically because of the similarity between their makeup and that of James Marsters’ Lord Piccolo.
The Skrulls have looked that way for decades, so any hint of direct inspiration should be taken as a tongue-in-cheek rib at both films. Still, when combined with Captain Marvel’s insanely overpowered super moves, it’s fun to draw some comparisons between the film and Akira Toriyama’s Dragon Ball saga.
Here are some highlights:
The Skrulls from Captain Marvel look more like Namekians from Dragon Ball Z than King Piccolo did in Dragon Ball Evolution. pic.twitter.com/Ot0gFYNYs2
— Kevin Green (@KevinGreenMedia) December 5, 2018
— Onion Ring Sasquatch (@mind_funeral) March 8, 2019
Way before Captain Marvel, James Marsters was the original Skrull In Dragonball Evolution! pic.twitter.com/l0w7mCm8dQ
— The Great Gregsondio (@JFGinDigital3D) January 21, 2019
— #PIRI Hour (Jon) (@ZroHour) March 12, 2019
— BossLogic (@Bosslogic) December 4, 2018
just gonna assume Captain Marvel is Dragonball Z, don’t @ me pic.twitter.com/JZTT8CK3bx
— Andrew Bridgman (@bridgmandrew) December 4, 2018
— PGAG (@PGAG_PH) December 4, 2018
— Rocket (@Rocket1guardian) December 5, 2018
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