14 MCU Moments No One Asked For (Or Wanted)

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Vote up the moments you wish you could avenge.

"Give the audience what they want" is a timeless entertainment idiom. The Marvel Cinematic Universe delivers on this plenty of times throughout the franchise, from frames that mimic famous comic book covers to epic, canonical moments like Captain America wielding Thor's hammer.

There are, however, plenty of moments in the MCU that nobody asked for - things that have left dedicated fans and casual viewers alike scratching their heads and asking, "What did I just see?" For example, while it's easy to acknowledge that Thor is quite the hunk, why is it that Jane Foster absolutely falls all over herself most of the time she's in his presence? Similarly, why were Bruce Banner and Black Widow briefly a thing in Age of Ultron? Other strange moments focus more on details and characters that seem to come out of nowhere, like the waitress who gets interviewed on TV at the end of The Avengers. What's her deal and why do we need to hear from her? Of course, one of the biggest mysteries of Marvel in general, which somehow finds its way into the MCU, is the existence of Howard the Duck, who makes small appearances in Guardians of the Galaxy and Avengers: Endgame.

We love the MCU, but it has certainly delivered some material we could have done without. 


  • 1
    106 VOTES

    Quicksilver's Unnecessary End

    In Age of Ultron, Quicksilver makes a valiant choice when Hawkeye and a young boy are caught in the sights of impending gunfire from above. Moving (but maybe not thinking) quickly, Quicksilver dashes to the scene and pushes the threatened duo behind an overturned vehicle. He, however, is left riddled with bullets.

    It sure seems like there are a lot of ways this could have gone better for Quicksilver. Using his incredible speed, couldn't he have just ducked behind the car with the people he saved? Why stop short? Also, it seems as though he doesn't have to push them very far. Did Hawkeye really not notice that there was a barrier mere feet away that they could use as cover? The fact that Quicksilver actually says, "You didn't see that coming" as he collapses seems to acknowledge what a poorly thought out moment this is.

    106 votes
  • 2
    107 VOTES

    Bruce Banner And Black Widow's Romance

    Romance isn't a huge component of what has made the MCU so successful. Sure, there are a couple of examples - most notably the HR nightmare between Tony Stark and his assistant-turned-boss Pepper Potts - but for the most part the entertainment value of the films comes from huge set pieces and epic battles. That's what makes the sudden romance between Bruce Banner (Hulk) and Natasha Romanov (Black Widow) in Age of Ultron so perplexing. Where did it come from?

    Early on in Ultron, Black Widow calms the Hulk down - a feat that no other character has been able to do up to this point - implying she is able to do so because of some love connection. That's pretty hard to imagine considering their "first date" featured Hulk trying to rip Black Widow to pieces while aboard the Helicarrier in Avengers. In any case, their romance is only slightly explored in Ultron and is then quietly, unceremoniously dismissed in all subsequent films, so apparently it didn't work out.

    107 votes
  • 3
    83 VOTES

    Jane Foster As A Love-Blinded, Bumbling Mess

    Dr. Jane Foster -renowned astrophysicist, astronomer, and theorist - is just about as brilliant as they come in the MCU, so much so that her work is deemed a risk by S.H.I.E.L.D. early on in Thor. A couple of other truths about Dr. Foster: 1) Once Thor arrives on Earth, she is a love-struck, falling-all-over-herself goober. 2) When he's gone, she becomes an inconsolable mess. 

    In both Thor and Thor: The Dark World, Jane seems to lose her enviable mental faculties at the sight of Thor's massive biceps, subtext-less declarations, and icy blue eyes. The MCU has no shortage of problematic female characters (especially in the early films), so this isn't terribly surprising, but at the same time, one would think Dr. Foster could keep it together a little bit more than - as her colleague Darcy points out during Thor's absence - not showering and eating ice cream in her pajamas.

    83 votes
  • 4
    85 VOTES

    The Focus On The Plight Of This Unimportant Civilian

    During the height of the Chitauri attack on New York City in The Avengers - when our heroes simply seem outnumbered and perhaps too fractured as a unit to prevail - we spend an uncomfortably long beat with Beth, a waitress bearing witness to the destruction. Yes, Beth has a name. She even has a page on the Fandom MCU Wiki, where you can learn that she apparently met Steve Rogers earlier in the film and had a small flirtation (a scene that was obviously cut). Considering that there's no setup for her brief but excruciatingly long time on screen, what we're left with is a super awkward moment staring at an unknown character who bears an unnerving resemblance to Dakota Johnson (but is not). Joss Whedon repeats this "let's briefly track the storyline of a stranger" motif in Age of Ultron through Zrinka (again, yes, she has a name), a Sokovian woman fleeing the destruction with a young boy.

    85 votes
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    26 VOTES

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    94 VOTES

    Captain America Going On A Good Will Tour

    In Captain America: The First Avenger, the titular hero goes on a stars-and-stripes covered roadshow to sell war bonds and rile support for the U.S. effort in World War II. It's a pretty fun scene that paints a picture of what life was like for Ol' Cap during that period in history, but it's also a full two-and-half minutes of our hero looking emotionally and physically uncomfortable in a felt replica suit. One wonders if the MCU decided to make this scene the length of a music video simply because someone bothered to actually write the entirety of Cap's theme song, "Star Spangled Man."

    The existence of this USO-style tour also calls into question what the heck the U.S. Military was thinking by using Captain America as a promotional tool when he's a literal super soldier who could be slinging his shield at Nazis on the front lines. Couldn't the government have just dressed up any old Joe in that tacky suit to deliver some one-liners in auditoriums? Apparently no. They needed the greatest soldier in the history of the world for that job.

    94 votes