"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.
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.Want to avenge the moment?
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.Want to avenge the moment?
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Jane Foster As A Love-Blinded, Bumbling MessPhoto: Thor/Paramount Pictures
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.Want to avenge the moment?