10 Unforgivable Plot Holes In Marvel Movies
As entertaining as comic book movies are, one thing they have classically lacked over the years is airtight storytelling. The action is usually exciting, the special effects are often state-of-the-art, and the visuals are usually a colourful aesthetic treat – but all of that becomes moot if the plot sucks.
The Marvel Cinematic Universe has attempted to buck the trend of poor plots in the genre. Movies like Iron Man, Captain America: The Winter Soldier and Guardians of the Galaxy were great productions by any standards – but that doesn’t mean the franchise hasn’t suffered from some glaring plot holes.
For clarity, plot holes are logical inconsistencies within a story. They can include things like inexplicable or impossible events occurring, or events that contradict earlier events in the storyline – and you might be surprised at just how many there have been in the MCU. Here are 10 unforgivable plot holes in Marvel movies.
Captain America Vs The Red Skull
In 2011’s Captain America: The First Avenger, there’s a sequence of events that results in an outcome that was frankly incredibly implausible. Cap storms Red Skull’s HYDRA base alone and ends up getting captured. He’s taken to a room in the base where he meets the Nazi supervillain, and Cap’s friends happen to burst through the window to save him. This scenario relied on way too many assumptions. How did Cap know he’d be captured and not killed? That base was huge - how did he know the room he’d be taken to would be the one his friends were going to burst into? How did he know the glass they smashed in order to enter wasn’t bulletproof? It’s all far too convenient to be taken seriously.
Everyone Knows Where Everyone Else Is Going
In 2012’s The Avengers, everyone seemed to have an uncanny knack of “just knowing” where other individuals were heading, simply because it suited the plot – but it really made no sense. For instance, Tony Stark assumed that Loki wanted to be seen by the masses conquering Earth – describing him as wanting a monument with his name plastered on it – and he immediately knew that meant he’d set up camp at Stark Tower. How?! There are literally thousands of buildings on planet Earth that would have provided Loki with what he needed. Moreover, how the heck did Bruce Banner know EXACTLY where to find his fellow Avengers in the HUGE city of New York? Seriously, this kind of thing was far too prevalent in The Avengers.
Avengers Assemble! (But only when it suits them)
Ever since the assembling of the Avengers in their 2012 movie, questions have been asked about why any of the team's individual members have had to deal with villain problems on their own. Iron Man, Thor and Captain America have all had their issues - with Aldrich Killian and his Extremis army, Malekith and the Dark Elves, and the Winter Soldier and HYDRA respectively - so why didn't their heroic teammates offer some assistance? In a world where the Avengers (and even S.H.I.E.L.D.) make it their business to turn up wherever there's major trouble brewing, it's hard to believe that Thor had to deal with what was essentially another alien invasion on his own, or that the three Helicarriers that were targeting thousands of people considered to be threats to HYDRA were only opposed by Captain America.
Captain America’s Shield
Captain America’s shield is awesome – of that there is no doubt. But it’s also one gigantic plot hole. It seems to pick and choose when it works depending on the situation. For instance, it will easily absorb the impact of the mighty Thor’s Mjolnir and will deflect Tesseract-powered energy weapons effortlessly, but when the Winter Soldier throws a grenade and Cap holds up his shield to absorb the impact, he gets brutally launched from an interstate to the underpass below. And when Cap uses it as a projectile, it also seems to pick and choose what it will bounce off and what it will wedge itself into. And let’s not get into the fact that it blocks every single bullet or projectile fired at Cap, even when 90% of his body is totally exposed.