5 major changes the Scott Pilgrim movie made (& 5 moments straight out of the comics)
the Scott Pilgrim Vs. The World The film is based on the comic book series of the same name, which follows titular protagonist Scott Pilgrim as he battles seven Evil Exes from his new girlfriend’s past. However, due to the series’ grand total of 6 volumes and the fact that the last book was released after filming was finished, the film made many notable changes.
While the first half of the movie is virtually identical to the comics, it does introduce some major plot changes after Scott Pilgrim defeats the first of Ramona Flowers’ Exes. Despite their differences, the film and the comics are fun experiences inspired by video games.
ten Changed: Scott jumps out of a window to avoid the Chau Knives
In the film’s most iconic scene, Scott asks his roommate, Wallace Wells, to answer the door for him. As Wallace tells Knives that Scott isn’t home, Scott dives out the window in the background. Wallace shuts the door further, although Knives visibly saw and heard Scott throw himself through the glass. Worse yet, it’s still obvious Scott is there, as he bends down to grab his coat. This scene wasn’t in the comics, but it shows very well how much Scott wants to avoid confronting her.
9 Straight out of the comics: Scott brags about going out with knives before losing interest
Scott is first seen bragging about his high school girlfriend to his fellow band members, and they laugh at him for it. Scott seems invested in the relationship at first, leading Knives to rehearse and making her a fan of their band.
However, the relationship does not last long, as he soon meets and falls in love with Ramona Flowers. Before breaking up with Knives, he begins to distance himself emotionally and even begins dating Ramona. Eventually, his friends convince him to break up, which he does … right after Knives tells him that she loves him.
8 Changed: Lucas Lee has a stunt team
Lucas Lee, actor and professional skateboarder, is Ramona’s second Evil Ex. In the comics, Scott takes the initiative to confront and fight Lucas, but is quickly thrown into a building. Lucas is kind enough to offer a break, during which the two chat and Lucas reveals that Ramona cheated on him. He offers to let Scott go for money, but Scott refuses.
In the film, Scott goes to Lucas’ film set without knowing his identity. Lucas still throws him into a building in this version, but he’s much more ruthless, as his stunt team fights Scott for him. He also gives Scott a break, but he takes the opportunity to get a low blow.
7 Straight out of the comics: Knives dyed her hair after seeing Scott with Ramona
In both versions, Knives surprises Scott with Ramona as she watches them through a window. She doesn’t take it well at all, rushing to get some hair dye and complaining about Ramona to her sister. She dyes part of her hair while continually calling Ramona fat and old. This, coupled with his decision to date Neil Nordegraf, was an attempt to make Scott jealous. However, the plan didn’t work out, as Scott was only slightly surprised.
6 Changed: Todd Ingram Didn’t Know Gelato and Chicken Parmesan Weren’t Vegan
In the comics, Todd Ingram was even more terrible than his cinematic counterpart. He went to Vegan College to acquire his psychic powers, but that power combined with his rock star status made him feel like he could do whatever he wanted.
He cheated on his girlfriend, used the same tactic of hitting a crater in the moon on Envy and Ramona, and violated his vegan diet. This resulted in the loss of his powers. In the movie, Todd had no idea that ice cream and chicken parmesan weren’t vegan, making him less of a malicious cheater and more of a dunce.
5 Straight out of the comics: Ramona’s first ex attacks Scott during Sex Bob-Omb performance
Matthew Patel was the first of Ramona’s Evil Exes to come after Scott. He sends Scott an email warning him of the seven exes he should defeat, but Scott quickly gets bored and deletes the email. Matthew breaks into Scott’s club and challenges Scott, much to Scott’s confusion. He gets angry when he learns that Scott hasn’t read his email and calls Demon Hipster Chicks to fight him.
4 Changed: Scott Doesn’t Make Mr. Chau Fight Roxie Richter
Mr. Chau is a character that only exists in the comics, not making any appearances in the film. In the comics, he pursues Scott with a sword, fueled by anger that Scott would still be dating Knives, but Scott pushes him to fight Roxie, who was defeated by Ramona and Scott at the start of the film. Scott confesses his love to Ramona and unlocks his Power of Love sword, which he uses to fight and defeat Roxie, which explodes into fluffy animals instead of coins. In the film, Scott unlocks this perk during his climactic fight with Gideon Graves.
3 Straight out of the comics: Lucas Lee destroyed himself while taking a skateboard ride
After realizing that he couldn’t defeat Lucas Lee in a fair fight, Scott noticed a stair rail nearby. He decided to ask Lucas to show him a skateboard trick, which Lucas claims to be impossible. After a few pushes from Scott, Lucas takes up the challenge and crushes the rail of his skateboard. Unfortunately for him, he accelerates so fast that he explodes into coins, earning Scott victory. Scott’s only regret was that he couldn’t get an autograph first.
2 Changed: Katayanagi twins have a much smaller role
Kyle and Ken Katayanagi are twins who both dated Ramona at the same time, making them the last opponents Scott must defeat before facing Gideon. In the comics, they control various robots, which they send after Scott. They even kidnap Kim Pine after realizing that she is Scott’s friend, but Scott manages to beat them all on his own.
In the movie, the twins have far fewer lines and fight Sex Bob-omb in an amp-against-amp battle, and their summoned dragons are defeated by the giant monster summoned by Scott’s music.
1 Straight out of the comics: Scott meets Ramona in a subspace in his head
Scott first meets Ramona in a dream, and when he sees her in real life, he tells her this. This scares him at first, but eventually they clear up the misunderstanding. It turns out that Ramona uses the Subspace Highway that exists in Scott’s head, as it transports him from one place to another in an instant, which makes her ideal for her parcel delivery job. Over the course of the film and the comics, they continue to use it as a means of travel.
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