15 Repetitive Things Every MCU Movie Is Filled With And Why It Matters For The Future of MCU
All superhero movies are different in their own way, but Marvel films often follow a certain pattern. While DC became popular thanks to their flying characters, Marvel has something else that can be found in several of their projects. Here is a list of things that can be encountered in most of their motion pictures.
While everyone knows about anti-heroes like Venom, Marvel is much more recognized by its anti-villains. They are often up against the superheroes, but anyone can relate to their point of view and sympathize with them. Before Thanos, the MCU villains were superficial at best, and therefore, an anti-villain is more than welcomed.
One popular anti-villain is Loki, played by Tom Hiddleston, and fans adore him no matter how many times he tricks Thor. Eric Killmonger was almost justified in his revenge against Wakanda for killing his father. Meanwhile, Pietro and Wanda were working with HYDRA before turning against them and joining the Avengers.
2. POP CULTURE REFERENCES
In the beginning, the MCU movies seemed to be set in their year of release, but that is not necessarily the case. While the studio does not announce any years to avoid committing to a specific timeline, there are many pop culture references that give audiences an idea about its period. Peter Parker is full of these comments that always serve to make viewers laugh.
3. THE CIVILIAN STARTER PACK
Everyone in the Marvel Universe knows that superheroes exist, but if they not wearing their costumes, they are unrecognizable. For DC, Clark Kent just hid with a pair of glasses and no one had any idea that he was Superman. This has always been ridiculous, but Marvel has taken it to the next levels. Sometimes, the characters just walk around with a hat, and the public is fooled.
It has become a running joke for Marvel at this point. All a hero needs to avoid recognition is a pair of glasses, a sweatshirt, and sunglasses. Fans call it ‘The Civilian Starter Pack’. The studio even commented on this during ‘Ant-Man and the Wasp’, saying that it’s ridiculous. Captain America appears in public service announcements, and that makes it even crazier.
4. TOO MUCH IRON MAN
‘Iron Man’ kick-started the MCU, but Robert Downey Jr.’s character appears in too many of its movies. He was in all three ‘Iron Man’ films, all the ‘Avengers’ movies, and has cameoed in many others. He was even a pivotal part of ‘Captain America: Civil War’. He appeared in the MCU forgotten film ‘The Incredible Hulk’ and continues to be vitally important for Peter Parker.
5. POST-CREDITS SCENES
While several movies over the years have included extra material during or after their credits, Marvel films always do it. Most people are now surprised when someone leaves the theater when the credits start rolling. Aside from providing something funny, these scenes might give away important information about the upcoming project.
However, some fans might be surprised to learn that only two movies do not have anything at the end. ‘The Incredible Hulk’ planned to have the part with Iron Man as a bonus but placed it in the film itself. In ‘Captain America: The First Avenger’, they showed a teaser trailer for ‘The Avengers’, and ‘Age of Ultron’ only had a mid-credit scene where Thanos grabs the Infinity Gauntlet.
6. LOSING LIMBS
Marvel President, Kevin Feige, loves comic books but also ‘Star Wars’ and one of the patterns in those films is characters losing their hands. The MCU has had their share of lost limbs as well. In fact, all six movies in Phase Two featured a lost body part. In ‘Iron Man 3’, Aldrich Killian lost an arm in the final fight, while in ‘Thor: The Dark World’, Loki cast an illusion where Thor lost his hand.
In ‘Captain America: The Winter Soldier’, there is a flashback which shows Bucky losing his arm, and in ‘Guardians of the Galaxy’, Gamora severs both of Groot’s arms. During ‘Age of Ultron’, Ulysses Klaus lost his limb, and in ‘Ant-Man’, Yellow Jacket lost his arm before getting lost in the void. That’s a lot of loses for one franchise, but Kevin Feige said that it’s one purpose; as a tribute to ‘Star Wars’.
7. MENTORS’ DEATHS
While being a superhero is a dangerous job, there is something even more precarious in the MCU: being their mentors. The people that mentored Tony Stark and Captain America were promptly killed in their respective films. The Ancient One, who taught Doctor Strange, had survived for ages but died in the movie. When Peter Quill realized that Yondu was actually like a father to him, he was murdered.
8. HEROES FIGHTING EACH OTHER
While ‘Captain America: Civil War’ is the best example of this, there are several other instances in the MCU where the main characters decided to argue with each other instead of the villains. In ‘The Avengers’, no one could agree on a side, especially Tony and Steve, but those two got into a scuffle with Thor. The Hulk did not recognize friend from foe earlier in the MCU, and so he would fight with everyone.
During ‘Age of Ultron’, Scarlet Witch turned the heroes against each other, sending Hulk into a rampage once again. ‘Civil War’ had two teams fighting against one another due to the Sokovia Accords with Tony and Steve on opposing sides, and even ‘Infinity War’ showed the Guardians fighting against Iron Man, Spider-Man, and Doctor Strange.
9. THEIR SUPERPOWERS FLUCTUATE
It seems that the characters’ powers can change depending on the plot of the film. In ‘Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2’, Mantis put Ego to sleep easily, but she struggled with Thanos in ‘Infinity War’. During ‘The Winter Soldier’, Captain America could barely keep up with Bucky’s arm, but in ‘Civil War’, he was able to best Spider-Man, who had just subdued Barnes.
Later in that film, Steve and Bucky were overpowering Iron Man, even though the armor could take tanks and defeat Thor. Meanwhile, Thanos defeated Thor, Heimdall, and Hulk with only the Power Stone but had a rough time against the people on Titan with more gems at his disposal. Moreover, Captain America was later able to hold the Gauntlet open for a significant amount of time.
10. BAD REPRESENTATION OF FEMALE CHARACTERS
Black Widow was one of the founding members of the Avengers, but there is very little merchandise of the character out there. Furthermore, during one scene Bruce and Nat talked about being monsters, but Natasha said it because she cannot have children. It’s rather offensive for women. ‘Ant-Man and The Wasp’ was the first movie in the MCU to include a female superhero in the title. But thanks to ‘Black Panther’ and ‘Captain Marvel’, that is bound to change.
While Marvel can produce amazing fighting scenes, they are not the best at romance. Earlier, it seemed that Natasha and Clint Barton had something going on, but then Barton’s family was introduced. Later, Nat was apparently into Bruce Banner, but nothing came out of that. Hope and Ant-Man had an intense kiss scene but apparently fell out after ‘Civil War’.
Steve Rogers had a seriously odd thing going on with Sharon Carter, the great-niece of his former love Peggy. Finally, everyone was disappointed to find out that Thor and Jane had broken up. Of course, it had to do with Natalie Portman’s problems with Marvel, but it truly seemed like they were a great couple.
12. THE DISNEY DEATH
Disney owns Marvel, so it makes sense that the films have followed this trope, but it’s still important enough to mention. Many Disney and Marvel movies make it seem like the main character had died and everyone cries about it. However, it’s later revealed that he or she was alive and has returned to save everyone. This happened to Loki, to T’Challa in ‘Black Panther’, and even Bucky Barnes has come back from the dead too often.
13. SIBLING RIVALRIES
Thor and Loki might be the best example of sibling issues in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, but they are not the only ones. Doctor Strange and Mordo’s relationship went sour, and they were both trained by the Ancient One; so they could be thought of as blood brothers. Gamora and Nebula’s problems were due to Thanos making them compete against each other.
14. NOT THINKING AHEAD
It seems that many heroes in the MCU forget to use their heads whenever they do something. It’s as if they do not know that their actions have consequences. Tony Stark has made such mistakes, but then again, a millionaire might not be too worried about the future. His experiments with A.I. even led to Ultron and almost the end of the Earth.
15. STAN LEE
Many people look forward to Stan Lee’s cameos in the Marvel Universe. Despite his passing, he recorded a couple more for this year’s films; so fans can expect those soon. In fact, some people speculated that Lee played the same person in every appearance, and Feige thought that idea was great. There is also another theory which states that Lee actually plays the comic book character, The Watcher, who looks over the events of humankind. Some think the cameo in ‘Guardians of the Galaxy’ confirmed that theory.
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