5. Too Many Movies
There have been fifteen MCU films so far and I can barely remember three or four of them. I won’t deny the cash cows many of these films have been but I don’t think most of them will stand the test of time. At first I was excited to be getting just one MCU film a year but now we’re getting two and soon to be three a year which is too much to consider. Every MCU movie is a big budget film with the cheapest budget being Ant-Man’s at $130 million. A big budget usually equals big action but if the action lacks a substantial story or character development then we might as well be watching Transformers; which leads to my next reason…
4. Flash Over Substance
Movies like the Transformers series is fine for what it is, a big budget film bloated with action about giant transforming robots fighting each other. There is no real need for character development or plot development for that matter because we the audience are there to watch giant robots destroy property and each other.
The same can’t be said for the MCU because their films are based on specific characters based on the comic books they originated from. The characters need development and the movie needs an interesting plot to keep the moviegoer interested. With the exception of Iron Man and Captain America, many MCU characters are missing that deep character story that keeps me invested in them. I would say Guardians Of The Galaxy is an exception but Star-Lord is the only character that gets a background story and Volume 2 just digs deeper into his story while leaving questions about Rocket, Groot, Gamora and Drax.
Doctor Strange was more of the same as we see the doctor after he’s become a world renowned surgeon then his car accident and then a montage of him trying to heal his hands. I guess I’m the only one that found it to be boring and goofy but not in a good way; more like childish because of the….
3. Disney-fication of Marvel movies
DCEU films are known for being serious gritty dramas with not many jokes while MCU films are known for its joke filled fun fare, to its detriment in my opinion. Fox owns the rights to the X-Men franchise -though it is still a Marvel property….think of it like a lease- and they make serious movies that still contain many jokes. I can watch an X-Men movie and laugh but not be taken out of the serious nature of the film’s plot or the scene taking place because of the jokes; except X3, that movie should be wiped from existence.
MCU films have jokes that take me out of the seriousness of a particular situation or sometimes the entire plot of a movie. Guardians Vol. 2 did this to me in many scenes like the one where the Guardians are being chased by the Sovereign while Star-Lord and Rocket call each other douche’s. Are we still in middle school? It wasn’t funny either and took away any seriousness about the situation. As an audience member, I am in no way concerned about the protagonists’ well being because of the quips and one liners thrown around.
Many Disney movies follow the same formulas to success, regardless if the movie is good or not. One of those formulas is the dramatization of deceased parents and the protagonists’ ability to overcome their grief. Sometimes it can be an effective plot point but when done too much it becomes exhausting to watch our heroes and their…
2. Mommy/Daddy Issues
It may seem the theme has only been used recently but in actuality it has been used since the very first MCU film, Iron Man.
Iron Man was a great movie and because it was the first Marvel film to debut under the helm of Disney; moviegoers were just looking for something entertaining and better than the Fantastic Four‘s and X3: The Last Stand‘s of the Marvel movie universe. We got what we asked for and were grateful but failed to notice the beginning of a tried, true and tired formula that would begin to plague all Marvel movies.
Tony Stark had serious issues with his deceased father in The Iron King….uh, I mean, Iron Man. The self-proclaimed genius, billionaire, playboy, philanthropist has it all when he’s first introduced to movie audiences but is still living in the shadow of his deceased father. Even though he amassed billions on his own and invented new and innovative tech, Stark still felt like he had to live up to his father’s legacy but somehow kept coming up short. We saw the apex of Iron Man’s daddy issues in Iron Man: Civil War…no, no, I mean Captain America: Civil War. Although, seeing as Captain America’s only role in the film was to help Bucky, and go against Iron Man who agreed to the Sokovia Accords on the Avengers behalf, and Bucky killing Tony Stark’s parents caused the final tear between the two leaders of the Avengers leading to the team disbanding, I guess it really is Iron Man’s movie; right? The point is, Tony Stark’s paternal issues and instability when broaching the subject of his deceased parents are used as a plot point to drive along the movie when it could have just been used as an interesting form of character development. The real driving point of the plot should have been the villian but the MCU is known for its….
1. Boring Villians
What do Kaecilius, Ronan the Accuser, Malekith the Accursed, Whiplash, Aldrich Killian, Darren Cross, Laufey, Ultron and Baron Zemo have in common? If you guessed “who cares”, you would be correct because who cares about these big baddies?
MCU films have been plagued with boring to downright awful villians since the beginning with a few exceptions like Loki, Alexander Pierce and The Winter Soldier. I would say Thanos but we have yet to see him in action in any Marvel film and at this rate I don’t know if I’m interested enough to care. After the first Avengers film my anticipation was sky high for Infinity Wars but after seeing consecutive films with mediocre villians I’m afraid of how Thanos will be handled.
A super villian is supposed to be a serious threat to the heroes and civilians; I should be at least a little concerned for their well being but in most of these movies I could care less. It was so strange during Civil War when General Ross is telling the Avengers how many people died during their heroic escapades because all I could think was when? where? Did I miss something during those movies? At no point during the movies in which he was referencing the events that occurred was their a gravity toward the situation of innocent lives being lost. We just know as viewers that the good guys are going to come out on top some way because their villians are so….beatable.
Even during Doctor Strange when he took on Dormmamu -who looked like the final boss of a video game, ugh!- there was no concern about whether or not Strange would prevail. That is not how to create tension filled climaxes and moments of gravity. A villian should be terrifying with an understandable cause where we know they’re wrong for what they’re doing but we can’t help but understand where they are coming from. Either that or the villian should be unimaginably powerful or incredibly insane, maybe a mixture of both.
Get it together Marvel, you’re better than this!