Marvel Just Admitted The MCU’s 6 Biggest Critics

Warning: SPOILERS for episode 9 of She-Hulk.Over the breaking of the fourth wall She-Hulk: Lawyer finale, Marvel Studios directly acknowledged various issues for which the MCU has been criticized. Superhero comics have always been filled with tropes like absent parents, tragic backstories, and reversible deaths. The popularity of superhero movies has only translated these motifs into live action, and many of them can often be seen in the Marvel Cinematic Universe.

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With nearly 40 Disney+ movie and show titles, the MCU is bound to have certain tropes and cliches that become more evident with each episode that includes them. From character relationships to visual effects issues, She-Hulk knows the MCU still has a lot to improve on, and her visit to Marvel Studios made it clear the company is ready to do just that. After all, Jennifer Walters’ conversation with KEVIN in the She-Hulk: Lawyer The finale accurately depicted many of the MCU’s problems, including consistently identical endings, characters with the same motivations, and even too much crossover.

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Marvel’s Endgames And Endings Are Always The Same

Superhero movies are synonymous with action-packed spectacle, so it’s only natural to expect a high-octane conclusion at the end of every episode, especially when it comes to the avengers movies where the main draw is to see Earth’s Mightiest Heroes come together and defeat the villain together. However, the explosive endings have become predictable, as they tend to follow the same pattern: every hero in the film returns at the end to defeat the big bad and his army of minions. Of course, there are exceptions like Captain America: Civil War, which ends with a very personal battle between Iron Man and Captain America. Yet smaller-scale films like Captain America: The Winter Soldier, Black Widowand Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings continue to end with loud, visual effects-heavy battles that clash with the tone of the rest of the film, and their third acts feel like an imposition rather than a natural conclusion to the story.

Besides the scale of the MCU’s final battles, a recurring trope is that the heroes will fight their dark counterparts, who steal or copy the protagonist’s superpowers out of envy or greed. Just as Todd stole She-Hulk’s blood to transform into the Hulk and fight her, Iron Monger fought Iron Man in counterfeit armor, Abomination fought Hulk after stealing his blood, Yellowjacket fought Ant-Man in costume similar and Killmonger fought Black. Panther after stealing a suit as well – to name a few. The hero will also appear to lose a moment, but immediately take advantage of the villain’s overconfidence to achieve a bittersweet victory where the hero sacrifices a personal wish for the greater good – a theme often reflected in the gradual passing of the night. at dawn. (or day to dusk). It’s a trick that worked well throughout the Infinity Saga, but it got pretty obvious. Luckily, Phase 4 offered fans some pretty clever endings. For instance, Loki ends with a conversation and the villain leading the heroes to kill him, and She-Hulk: Lawyer ends with the protagonist exiting the screen and convincing the creators to change the ending.

MCU crossovers can be way too much

The ability to see She-Hulk, Hulk, and Daredevil share the screen seemed impossible just a few years ago. However, it’s easy for the MCU to over-rely on cameos and guest appearances. Tom Holland’s Spider-Man has co-starred with Iron Man, Nick Fury, and Doctor Strange throughout his MCU trilogy, leading some to miss the smaller-scale standalone adventures of Tobey Maguire and Andrew Garfield’s Spider-Men. . In the same way, Thor: Ragnarok had to crush Thor’s Ragnarök and Hulk’s world war hulk storylines in one movie, and Doctor Strange only had one solo adventure far from his four team-up appearances and a shared story with Scarlet Witch. This increased interconnectivity also leads to unrealistic expectations from fans, who constantly focus on which character may or may not make a surprise appearance instead of the actual protagonist and their current story. If the MCU met these expectations every time, individual stories would be a thing of the past, and every movie and show would become a team event.

So Many MCU Characters Have Daddy Issues

Jennifer Walters graciously featured it in the She-Hulk: Lawyer finale: Tony Stark, Thor, Loki, and Star-Lord are MCU characters who clearly have daddy issues. Tony Stark’s relationship with Howard Stark was limited to say the least; Thor and Loki (and Hela) suffered the consequences of Odin’s detached fatherhood. And Star-Lord was only close to Yondu shortly before his death, which came right after Ego revealed he had killed Peter Quill’s mother. Dad’s troubles don’t end there, though: Hope van Dyne resented Hank Pym after Janet disappeared, Thanos tortured and manipulated Nebula and Gamora, Ultron rebelled against Tony Stark (in turn, Vision had to kill Ultron), and Red Guardian abandoned Natasha. Romanoff. These stories are inherited from the comic book milieu, where parents are often dead or absent, which also explains why Spider-Man, Daredevil, and the Maximoff twins are orphans. Still, there are a few examples of positive father-son relationships in the MCU – Tony Stark sacrificed everything he had to leave a better world for his daughter Morgan, and Scott Lang expressed his immense love for his daughter, Cassie, from the beginning .

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The MCU Overused The Super Soldier Serum

If previous complaints weren’t enough, Jennifer Walters’ criticism of the pervasive storyline of the convinced super soldier serum played a major role in KEVIN’s changes in the She-Hulk: Lawyer final. The super soldier serum was a major storyline even before Captain America was officially introduced, like in 2008 The Incredible Hulk made the Hulk and the Abomination two monstrous variants of the original Super Soldier. In 2011, Steve Rogers’ iconic transformation into Captain America: The First Avenger – which also featured failed super soldier Red Skull – followed by Bucky Barnes in Captain America: The Winter SoldierZemo’s super soldier experiences in Captain America: Civil Warand the explosion of super soldiers readily available in Falcon and the Winter Soldier. This rules out Aldrich Killian’s Extremis and multiversal super soldiers like Captain Carter. The search for another Steve Rogers is understandable, but it’s gotten too repetitive now.

The MCU has some major CGI issues

KEVIN himself has addressed recent visual effects issues in the MCU, saying it was too expensive to show She-Hulk’s transformation on camera because “the visual effects team moved on to another project, what was Black Panther: Wakanda Forever. This tongue-in-cheek nod to the MCU’s VFX shortcomings hides a serious problem, as Marvel Studios’ huge increase in annual releases has spread VFX teams too thinly, impacting the quality of visual effects. As successful as the MCU is and as talented as the VFX teams are, there just isn’t enough time to provide each project with its proper visual quality. Many movies and shows are in production at the same time, and the delay of a single project can cause the entire franchise to change. Therefore, it is more common to see poor effects such as Thor: Love and Thunderthe infamous floating head, or avoid VFX footage altogether, which happened with She-Hulk’s off-camera transformations. A slower pace in the MCU’s 42+ movie slate would help VFX teams allocate the time needed for each project and create a proper working environment.

Intimate relationships of female characters are skewed

Jennifer Walters’ wish to bring back Daredevil for the She-Hulk: Lawyer finale is a personal whim, given that “A woman has needs.” But KEVIN’s comment that “we were light in this department” is a reminder that the MCU hasn’t given its female characters the same treatment as male heroes. For a long time, most fictional media has been written from a human’s point of view. Too often the main female character is on the male protagonist’s list of rewards, which is best reflected in the saying “the hero catches the girl.” And in the MCU, female characters like Pepper Potts, Peggy Carter, and the late Jane Foster were first and foremost the romantic interests of male heroes. Luckily, the MCU solved the problem by giving them their own heroic stories and characters. But still, the intimate life of the female character is not as developed as it should be. Valkyrie’s promise to have her own queen remains unfulfilled, and Jane Foster was barely able to leave Thor’s shadow before she died. Scarlet Witch has been the female character in the MCU with the most developed romantic autonomy so far, and She-Hulk: Lawyer has made great strides with Jennifer Walters’ exploration of dating and her decision to stick with the person she feels comfortable with, who happens to be fan-favorite Matt Murdock aka Daredevil himself.

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