The MCU has been putting out superhero films since 2008. That's 10 years of movies, and most of them have been really great. Sure, there have been misses, but overall the quality level of the MCU films is far above anything that came out before it. That being said, 10 years is plenty of time for a series of movies to make mistakes. That's especially true of a film universe that has had a lot of different writers and directors working on various films. Some details from earlier films went completely forgotten in the later ones. There have also been really strange choices made by the actors and the filmmakers. These choices might have seemed like good ideas at the time, but later on, they ended up making no sense.
Every film series has trouble maintaining its continuity, but the MCU has a much harder time doing that because of just how many separate but interconnected films there are overall. That's not to say that there aren't some issues with the films on their own, either. some of the movies have glaring mistakes or goofs in them that really make no logical sense, even within the self-contained universe of aliens, superheroes, and tech geniuses. It's hard to make movies without getting a few things wrong, and sometimes the Marvel films are on such a quick schedule that there just isn't time to fact check everything that is going on in them. Of course, sometimes the filmmakers just make choices to make the story work. There's always a bit of flexibility for that, but they shouldn't assume that audiences wouldn't notice. these are 20 glaring mistakes in the MCU that Marvel fanboys totally missed.
20 SCARLET WITCH'S INCONSISTENT ACCENT
Elizabeth Olsen does a great job playing Scarlet Witch, but there has always been one glaring problem with her characterization: the accent. Scarlet Witch was born and raised with her brother in Sokovia, so it would make sense that she would have an Eastern European accent. However, the accent has been pretty shaky at times.
Olsen is a talented actor, but accents, especially ones like this, can be difficult to pull off properly (just look at Mickey Rourke's in Iron Man 2). However, the solution to this seems to have been for the actor to just drop the accent entirely, as she did in Avengers: Infinity War. It was almost more jarring than just having to listen to the accent for two and a half more hours.
19 SPIDER-MAN HOMECOMING'S NONSENSICAL TIMELINE
This one is probably the most recognizable problem in the MCU overall. During the opening scene of Spider-Man: Homecoming, we see Adrian Toomes and his crew cleaning up the wreckage of the battle of New York, which would have just taken place in The Avengers, which, in the official MCU timeline, occurred in 2012.
Then, all of a sudden, a title card appears reading "eight years later." What? That means that Spider-Man: Homecoming would be set in 2020, even though that directly contradicts the timeline laid out in Captain America: Civil War, which is supposed to be set in 2016. Even the filmmakers admitted this was a mistake on their part.
18 OBADIAH STANE IS A FAST LEARNER
Let's go all the way back to 2008 for this bothersome little moment in the very first Iron Man. Obadiah Stane, the film's main villain, has been trying to take Tony out of the picture and has now constructed a suit of his own, based off of Tony's early design. You know, the one he built in a cave.
Well, after stealing Tony's arc reactor and using it to power up the suit, Obadiah finds that it is time for him to take the thing for a test drive (to get rid of the pesky Pepper Potts). However, he seems pretty comfortable using it right away. Considering it took Tony way too many tries to figure out how to fly the suit that he invented, it seems strange that Obadiah took to it like a fish to water.
17 CAPTAIN AMERICA'S SHIELD AND ITS VARYING POWER LEVEL
Captain America's famous shield is made of vibranium, one of the strongest, yet lightest metals in the world (at least in the MCU). He can whip his shield around, making it ricochet off of walls and even use it to deflect Tony Stark's energy beams. It even stopped Thor's hammer! That thing is strong.
Or is it? Sometimes it just seems like Cap's shield is as strong as the writers need it to be. Sure, it can stop an Asgardian hammer blow, but it's pretty useless against Batroc, a physically fit but otherwise normal guy. He punches Cap's shield barehanded and ends up pushing Cap backward, rather than absolutely decimating every bone in his fist.
16 BUCKY'S EVER CHANGING YEAR OF BIRTH
Bucky Barnes is the only other super soldier beside Steve Rogers to start his life in the early 20th century and emerge at roughly the same age in the 21st. However, his birth year seems to be fairly inconsistent throughout the MCU and even changes twice in one scene of Captain America: The Winter Soldier.
When Steve is visiting the museum and sees the tribute to Bucky, the text at the beginning reads "born in 1916". However, at the end, Bucky's year of birth is noted as 1917. Okay, one year, not a huge difference. However, in The Avengers, when Steve reads Bucky's dossier, his year of birth is 1922. The folks at Marvel might have thought people would ignore all of this. Boy, were they wrong.
15 GOING SUBATOMIC SHOULDN'T EVEN BE POSSIBLE
There are plenty of scientific issues that we could get into if we started looking at things in the MCU too closely, but the one aspect of this cinematic world that really seems preposterous is the use of Pym particles. In Ant-Man, Hank Pym explains that the particles shrink the empty space between atoms, allowing the user to shrink objects or themselves.
This internal logic for the particles falls apart when you realize that people can use the particles to go subatomic. If the particles are only eliminating the space between atoms then this should be impossible, since it means that you could never actually get smaller than a particularly complex molecular structure.
14 TONY HAS CAP'S SHIELD AND IT LOOKS WEIRD
Back when Iron Man 2 was released, the only other film that existed in the MCU was The Incredible Hulk. Needless to say, people were left wanting. So, as a nod to its very brief appearance in Iron Man, Agent Coulson is given the chance to hold up Captain America's shield. Except... it looks weird. Really weird.
That thing looks less like Captain America's shield than it does a Captain America themed wall clock that's missing the hands. Why is it so modern looking and flimsy? Where is the other half of the star? Why does it have layers anyway? This easter egg prop was quickly forgotten and never brought up again. We remember, though.
13 NIDAVELLIR HAS BEEN DESTROYED FOR A WHILE NOW
In Avengers: Infinity War, Thor discovers that Nidavellir, the Dwarf homeworld and one of the Nine Realms, has been almost completely taken down by Thanos. Though the structure remains, all of the dwarves (except for Eitri) have been taken out of the picture. They built Thanos his gauntlet, and he repaid them by making sure they could never build anything ever again.
Except, we saw that gauntlet all the way back in Avengers: Age of Ultron, and that was three years ago! So has Nidavellir just been sitting there, almost completely deserted for three years? Has Eitri just been wandering around with his hands bound in metal that whole time? How did no one like Odin notice this had happened?
12 WHEN DID THE AVENGERS GET SHAWARMA?
After successfully defeating the Chitauri and saving New York (and the Earth) from destruction, the Avengers all take a well-deserved break to go and eat some shawarma. Tony Stark says he doesn't know what it is but he wants to try it. Everyone looks tired but satisfied with their hard-fought victory and delicious meal.
The only problem is that the audience is left asking: when did this happen? Okay, fine, it was just a post-credits joke, and we probably shouldn't take it that seriously, but still! Was this place open for business after an alien invasion? Where is Loki? Did the Avengers leave him alone somewhere, or is he locked up outside or something?
11 GAMORA IS NOT ACTUALLY THE LAST OF HER PEOPLE
At a couple of points in Guardians of the Galaxy, people discuss Gamora and state that in addition to being the daughter of Thanos, she is actually the last of her people. The story goes that Thanos had wiped out the entire planet and adopted Gamora as his own. It's pretty sad, and it makes it easier to see why Gamora would stay with the Mad Titan.
Only, that's not how Thanos works, is it? At least, that's what we know now, in the post Infinity War days anyway. In a flashback scene to when Thanos took Gamora from her planet, we see that he only took out half of the planet's population, since that's what Thanos does. So something else must have gone really wrong if Gamora is really the last of her people.
10 WHAT IS TONY DOING IN THE INCREDIBLE HULK?
The Incredible Hulk was overall a disappointment and remains one of the MCU's dark horse films (right along with Thor: The Dark World). The only thing that was notable about this film was the post-credits scene, which fully showed audiences that, yes, this is an interconnected world where the heroes will meet. Look! Tony Stark! Get excited!
The only problem is that the scene becomes nonsensical when taken into the context of where Stark was in Iron Man 2. After all, in that film, S.H.I.E.L.D had pretty much broken things off with Tony, due to his rogue behavior. So who sent him to see General Ross at that bar? Was he there just because he wanted to be? Or did Nick Fury send him?
9 AIR FORCE ONE'S BROKEN WINDOWS
In Iron Man 3, one of the bad guys who has been superpowered by Extremis makes his way aboard Air Force One in the Iron Patriot suit, in an attempt on the life of the leader of the free world. He begins the attack, and the secret service members aboard the plane open fire, not realizing that their guns will be useless against a Stark suit.
What happens next though was something that was purely done for the movie. The bullets ricochet off the suit and break the windows of the plane. The only problem is, in real life, Air Force One is designed with bulletproof windows (obviously). This was just a case of the filmmakers stretching the boundaries of realism for the film, but it still made no sense.
8 WHY IS DOCTOR STRANGE BEING WATCHED DURING WINTER SOLDIER?
There is a scene in Captain America: The Winter Soldier where Cap interrogating agent Sitwell. He asks him what is going on with the helicarriers. Sitwell tells him that they are designed to target anyone who might be a threat to HYDRA in the future. Then he starts listing people and includes the name "Stephen Strange."
This was fun to hear, as it meant that Doctor Strange would be part of the MCU. However, Strange didn't acquire his powers until a few years later. At that time, he was just a hotshot surgeon. So why would he be on anyone's radar? It would be way too much of a stretch to think that Zola's algorithm could see that clearly into the future.
7 PETER PARKER IS NOT ACTUALLY A MILLENNIAL
Peter Parker may be the youngest (unofficial) member of the Avengers, but he can hold his own in a fight as well as anyone. Still, his age makes it hard for him to always relate to people like Tony Stark, who still see Peter as just being a kid. In fact, Tony goes as far as referring to Peter as a Millennial, the ultimate insult for a young person!
There's only one problem: Peter is very much not a millennial. He's 15-years-old! That means he would have been born in 2002 at the earliest. The timespan for millennials may vary depending on who is asked, but someone born after 2000 is firmly in Generation Z. Peter has always lived in a world of smartphones and internet 2.0. Millennials used to rent DVDs from Blockbuster.
6 WHERE DID JANET VAN DYNE GET THOSE TATTERED CLOTHES?
One of the big plot points in Ant-Man and the Wasp was the rescue of Janet Van Dyne, who had become lost in the Quantum Realm years ago when she went subatomic. Played fantastically by Michelle Pfeiffer, Janet Van Dyne was someone who was wise beyond her years and had developed strange abilities from her time being exposed to quantum energy.
One thing about her rescue was really weird, though. When Hank finally found Janet, she was wearing what looked like a white robe and carrying a staff of some kind. Where did she get this stuff? She wasn't on a desert island. She was stuck in an unimaginable subatomic world. It might be hard to find fabrics among all the quarks.
5 HANK PYM'S BUILDING WOULDN'T ACTUALLY BE THAT HEAVY
This one is less of a mistake made in the MCU and more of a mistake made by fans who watched Ant-Man and the Wasp. Throughout the film, Hank Pym and others are seen carrying around a miniaturized version of Pym's headquarters. "How can they even do that?" People asked, "it would be way too heavy to carry!"
Think again! If you examine the shots of the interior of the building, you would see that everything is powered by double A batteries! That means that the building is actually a model that was built to scale then sized up rather than an actual building that has been sized down. Besides, as we said before, Pym Particles work in mysterious ways.
4 HOW DID LOKI MISS HULK BEING ON SAKAAR?
Thor: Ragnarok was a lot of fun, and delivered a fresh dose of humor to an otherwise stodgy franchise in the MCU. In the film, Thor and Loki both end up on Sakaar after being thrown out of the Bifrost bridge by Hela. However, Loki ends up on Sakaar weeks before Thor, because of how strangely time works there.
So with all that time on Sakaar and with how close Loki got to the Grandmaster, how did he completely miss the fact that the Hulk was there too? When Loki first sees him enter the arena, he looks surprised, but come on! He's been there long enough to have seen some of the gladiator fights already, meaning he definitely would have known the Hulk was around.
3 DOCTOR STRANGE IS BAD AT PREPPING FOR SURGERY
What some people might forget about Doctor Strange, now that he is a full-blown hero with control over mystical forces, is that he is an actual doctor. In fact, before he trained with the Ancient One and Mordo, he was a highly-skilled surgeon, one whose abilities in the OR inflated his ego and gave him a good dose of hubris.
However, in the film, it seems like the good doctor has never actually properly prepped for surgery before. Otherwise, he would know that after thoroughly washing his hands, he shouldn't be putting on his own surgical mask. That's a huge no-no in the medical world, as your hands are coming in contact with your face, which could potentially contaminate them.
2 RHODEY AND STARK ARE PRETTY TOUGH WITHOUT THEIR SUITS
Tony Stark and James Rhodes are best friends who still like to hang out together and take part in activities like throwing on their suits and taking out the bad guys. They are strong enough in those suits to make you forget that underneath, they are still just a couple of regular guys. Although, you might not know that from the MCU.
In Avengers: Age of Ultron, we see that Tony and Rhodes are practically indestructible, even without their suits. Rhodes is thrown through plate glass from about twenty-five feet and Tony falls onto a concrete staircase from at least ten feet up. In the next scene, besides a few cuts and bruises, they are totally fine.
1 THE SOKOVIA ACCORDS ARE NOT NAMED PROPERLY
In Captain America: Civil War, the biggest enemy to the Avengers is not Baron Zemo. It is the Sokovia Accords, the international agreement that the heroes must follow by registering their identities and only going into a situation pending UN approval. They are, of course, named after Sokovia, the nation that was lifted into the sky then dropped back down by Ultron.
To the average audience member, this is not a problem, and it makes sense to name the accords after the nation that experienced the most damage from their experience with the Avengers. However, Secretary Ross states that the accords were convened in Vienna. As per international law, accords must be named after the country where they were ratified, meaning the Sokovia Accords would actually need to be called the Vienna Accords.