I've been writing a remake of one of my friends "original characters" with said friend's permission, and I noticed something about the revision I did a few days after coming up with them-it was the same as Miles Morales from the movie Into The Spider-verse. She has a Latino mother and american father, she seems to have a similar taste in music, her best friend accidentally gives her some powers and disappears-like how Miles' uncle brings him to the abandoned subway with the spider and then disappears-and she has a scene very similar to the one where Miles is at school while discovering his powers.
The main difference seems to be that she has a younger brother and isn't half black.
Then the super hero parts are very similar to the movie Venom, as it's a suit that has a personality that acts a tiny bit as a comedic foil and is hunted by the previous users she "stole" it from.
I know there's a difference between taking inspiration from something and completely ripping it off. And to be honest, I don't think I'm even realizing I'm doing this most of the time. I didn't realize how similar they are until i was talking about the Spider-Verse movie with someone on Discord, in one of those "wait a minute…" moments.
It's not the first time I've done this either. I scrapped a villain for a superhero type story previously because I eventually realized that the character was just Dio from JoJo's Bizarre Adventure. I rewrote an outline for a different story because I realized it the exact same as the first season of Daredevil.
in case if you haven't guessed, I really want to write Superhero stories.
I'm sure other in thus subreddit has faced this issue before, and managed to over come it. How did you, if you did?
Source: reddit post