Here are the 12 mistakes that Marvel need to avoid in Phase three
12. Making Civil War Seem One-Sided
Making Captain America the unambiguous hero of his Civil War movie, while Iron Man is the “villain”. Though the comics arguably didn’t do it well enough, Civil War isn’t supposed to make the audience root for Cap over Iron Man, but be a more ambiguous exploration of whether the Superhero Registration Act (which Iron Man favours) is a good idea or not.
The audience cheering on Cap may however be inevitable given the current real-world concerns of privacy and spying, and while timely, it would be a shame if the disagreement was this simplistic.
11. Boring Villains Nobody Cares About
Serving up a host of boring villains that are immediately forgettable and just not very interesting. Recent examples include Malekith in [Thor: The Dark World](tag:206462), and Ronan in Guardians Of The Galaxy. Does anyone remember their powers or what their motivations really even were?
Despite being recognisable components of the Marvel comic universe, neither character was given much of interest to do beyond being a placeholder to keep the plot moving forward. This appears to be a distinct Marvel weakness, as the only truly great, iconic villains in the MCU so far are Loki, Red Skull, The Winter Soldier and maybe Thanos.
10. Crowding Infinity War With Too Many Characters
The phrase “too many cooks spoil the broth” certainly applies to the MCU, as given how many characters it’s already had to cram into Age Of Ultron, it’s clear that the larger event movies are going to begin to strain under the weight of so many superheroes.
With the Guardians Of The Galaxy, Black Panther, Spider-Man and so many other characters presumably joining the roster for future Avengers movies, there’s enormous potential for things to get too heavily populated for their own good.
9. Too Much Comedy
One of the undeniable reasons for the MCU’s success to date is that it doesn’t take itself too seriously, and is largely powered by a sense of fun, accentuated by a ton of hilarious one-liners.
However, [The Avengers: Age Of Ultron](tag:293035) made clear one potential flaw for future movies as the canvas gets bigger: the quips have already begun to feel a bit arbitrary and thrown in for the sake of it, and with so much comic ground already covered, things might start to feel stale by the time Infinity War rolls around in particular.
8. Over Powered Characters With No Risk Of Injury
It follows that as the Avengers consists of a dude in a metal suit, a god, a super-soldier, a giant green rage monster and so on, that they’re going to be a mightily powerful team. The problem is that there’s a fine line between characters being powerful and over-powered, and with the likes of The Vision joining the team in Age Of Ultron, there’s the possibility of them becoming too powerful for Phase Three.
7. Not Staying Faithful To The Comics
While it’s absolutely reasonable that the MCU is never going to be able to adapt everything 100% faithfully (and sometimes it’s not appropriate or possible to do so anyway), there’s a fair expectation from comic book fans that they won’t intentionally deviate too far from iconic moments and characters.
Take the whole Mandarin controversy from Iron Man 3: it wasn’t at all necessary to turn the character into both a joke and a bait-and-switch twist, and understandably a lot of comic book fans excited to see the character on-screen were disappointed by the manipulation.
6. Lazy Romantic Subplots
Pretty much every movie studio in the world is of the belief that a blockbuster movie can’t succeed without a little romance, and Marvel Studios is no different.
Though the Tony-Pepper relationship works pretty well and isn’t lingered on too much, you need only observe how laughably forced the Thor-Jane love-in is in the Thor movies to see how disastrously wrong it can go. The Bruce-Natasha romance seemed to work relatively well in Age Of Ultron, but Marvel are mistaken if they feel like audiences really crave these match-ups.
5. Audience Fatigue Due To A Lack Of Innovation
There’s no denying that the MCU is a bold creative enterprise, and 2012’s The Avengers in particular was a ground-breaking work of cinema which changed things forever. However, Age Of Ultron proved just how difficult it can be to change the formula up and keep things interesting, because as fun and entertaining as it was, it just lacked the same fresh feeling of the original movie.
The movie’s core formula pretty much followed what came before, which while not a fatal flaw per se, might be troublesome later down the line.
4. Annoying Supporting Characters
The MCU has amassed an impressive and diverse array of supporting characters to date, some of the more memorable and entertaining ones including Nick Fury, Maria Hill, Sif, War Machine, Falcon, Heimdall and Erik Selvig.
However, one bad supporting character sticks out like a sore thumb among the rest, and that’s Jane Foster’s chirpy intern in the Thor movies, Darcy Lewis. Though she certainly has her fans and Kat Dennings is typically a good actress, here her shrillness and the rather tepid one-liners she’s given only render her annoying.
3. Using [Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.](tag:722469) To Set Things Up
After a shaky start to its first season, ABC’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. finally began to get into its groove in season two, with more tie-ins to the Marvel Cinematic Universe, specifically cameos from characters such as Sif, Peggy Carter and Maria Hill, and plot-wise, the introduction of the Inhumans.
There’s been a lot of division between MCU fans about how blatantly the show should tie into the movies, especially following Agent Coulson’s resurrection in the show, while he’s still being kept out of the films in order to make his death in The Avengers feel like a little less of a cop-out. Overall this reflects how the interplay between the show and the movies can prove problematic with fans.
2. Recycling Spider-Man's Previous Movie Plots
Spider-Man is getting introduced into the Marvel Cinematic Universe in Phase Three, believed to be appearing in Captain America: Civil War (likely in a post-credits scene) ahead of his own standalone movie in the summer of 2017.
As Marc Webb’s Amazing Spider-Man series showed everyone, recycling plots from previous Spider-Man movies just leaves fans bored and irritated. If Marvel are fully committed to making Spidey work, then this needs to be a radical cinematic reinvention which refuses to just regurgitate any of the previous scenarios or villains from the five prior movies.
1. Bringing Characters Back From The Dead
In any superhero movie or franchise, fans should be rightly skeptical if a noted character dies, because going by all the sorts of supernatural nonsense that can happen, there’s every opportunity for them to be revived sometime down the line.
Case in point, Agent Coulson’s death in The Avengers was the most poignant part of the movie, but his resurrection in [Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.](tag:722469) completely invalided what it meant, and even if you choose to ignore the show’s storylines, you’re likely still aware that he’s in the world, alive again.
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