BySree Lal, writer at
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Sree Lal

Movies from the Marvel Cinematic Universe tend to meet a certain bar when it comes to overall entertainment. Even a mediocre production like the first Captain America film had some pretty good overall performances and entertainment. Still, once in a while they make some foolish decisions with their characters. Sometimes they turn out to be utterly confusing or boring, sometimes they throw away the logic behind a character, sometimes they are irritatingly clichéd. Let’s take a look at 5 instances which made me question the intentions of MCU:

Nick Fury fakes his death (Captain America: The Winter Soldier)

The sequel to Captain America: The First Avenger was a throwback to the old-school cold war era thrillers and it’s one of the best in the MCU. I thoroughly enjoyed it for the part, except when Sam Jackson’s Fury dies from his bullet wounds. It turned out that he was alive all the time, and before Cap knew it, most of us guessed it. Faking a beloved character’s death is an overused cliché even for Marvel. They did the same thing with Loki in Thor: The Dark World. It may not be that much of a severe problem, but for a studio like Marvel that have scheduled movies up to 2019, cliches like this should be a concern...

Malekith (Thor: The Dark World)

The second outing to Asgard wasn’t as exhilarating as the first one but still Thor: The Dark World was a decent movie. With all the fuss around Aether and Hiddleston’s lovable performance with his iconic role, only one thing stood out as a flaw: Malekith. The prologue established him a powerful enemy of Odin himself and I myself had huge expectation for him. What we received is a half baked character with no personality at all. A poster villain, Malekith proves the irresponsibility of Marvel when it comes to their villains. Guardians of The Galaxy also had a similar antagonist in the form of Ronan The Accuser, but Pratt and company worked well to cover him up.

Quicksilver Dies (Avengers: Age of Ultron)

For a character that has speed as a superpower, getting shot is a ridiculous way to die. One of the best sequences of X-Men: Days of Future Past shows what Quicksilver can do when faced with bullets.. Still, the creators decided to kill a fan favorite character in the most senseless way and for what? Higher stakes?

There are some speculations about the return of that character and if he did, that would be another head-scratching moment since resurrections are tedious tasks.

The Majority of the Movie (Iron Man 2)

If there is any movie in the whole Marvel Cinematic Universe that is so lost or pointless, that would be Iron Man 2, except for the introduction of Black Widow. Fresh off of the success of Iron Man, the fan favorite superhero’s second outing was a boring piece of cinema. It lacked an interesting plot, a strong villain and all we got was Mickey Rourke with some stupid looking whips and some stupid looking Iron Man suits fighting together for no particular reason. Iron Man 2 is MCU’s least favorable movie as far I'm concerned.

Banner is always Angry (Avengers)

With a genius build-up, cocky one-liner, and awesome framing this was surely one of the best movie moments in the entire MCU. Still, what they have done was change the most important rule of Hulk’s story line. Hulk under control is like Superman immune to Kryptonite. Then I thought, why not? Why can’t Hulk be evolved? Maybe next movie will feature a much more controlled Hulk. But in Age of Ultron, Hulk again became the uncontrollable green monster, leaving the question of credibility over the whole story. The writers played with the traits of a character just because they wanted it. We forgave it because of the level of awesomeness we got from that shot but I still don't want to see anymore dumb decisions of its kind in the future....



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