The bigger the action, and the higher the stakes, the more audiences tend to overlook the little details of movie plots and surprise twists. But even when a film has been enjoyed for decades, a closer look can reveal lingering questions and clumsy plots that fans would rather ignore. They don’t have to ruin a movie, and sometimes, coming up with a solution can be more fun than the filmmakers ever imagined.
In the first Thor movie, it’s established that Earth is just one realm in the larger Marvel Universe, with Asgardian visitors using a “Rainbow Bridge” - also known as the Bifrost - to travel there and back. In the film’s climax, Thor is left with no choice but to destroy the device, seen as a major sacrifice, since it means he has no way to return to his new love, Jane Foster. Since the god of thunder was needed in The Avengers, his arrival was written off with just one line of dialogue: "How much dark energy did the Allfather have to muster to conjure you here?" Even if fans accept that “magic” brought Thor back, director Joss Whedon has admitted there’s no explanation for how he managed to track the Avengers in midair.
In the post-apocalyptic world of The Matrix, Morpheus learned that it isn’t just Machines his crew needs to worry about. When the character Cypher (Joe Pantoliano) realizes that the artificial reality of the Matrix wasn’t so bad after all, he cuts a deal: he’ll betray his commander, as long as he’s plugged back into the system as a wealthy actor, with no memory of the real world. The twist pushes Neo to embrace his role as the One, but it’s never explained how Cypher entered the Matrix without an operator, or getting caught, since sharing a meal with an Agent is hard to do quietly.
George Lucas made the right call by starting his Star Wars saga in the middle, but it didn’t come without some problems. When Obi-wan Kenobi first told Luke Skywalker that the disbanded Old Republic had lasted for a thousand generations, fans assumed he meant tens of thousands of years – an idea contradicted by Padme in Attack of the Clones, who claimed the Republic had only been around for one millennium. The extended universe tweaked the language to make sure both characters were right, but the gap between the original series and prequels wasn’t so easily fixed. Aside from Obi-wan and Anakin aging several decades by the Time Luke hit his teens, Imperial soldiers refer to the Force as an outdated, “ancient” religion. Even Han Solo claims he’s never seen any evidence of The Force. Since that’s basically the same as grown today doubting the existence of VCRs or cassette tapes, things don’t quite add up.
The Microwave Emitter used to turn Gotham City into a living nightmare in Batman Begins had fans debating the science of the movie's climax from the moment it hit theatres. But the machine's ability to instantly vaporize water without injuring people is established earlier on in the film. What isn't explained is why the city wasn't driven mad by the water-based fear toxin long before the final showdown. The toxin may have been harmless in water, but the villains had spent "weeks" spreading it through the city. Which means boiling water, saunas, or simply hot showers should have turned Gothamites into crazed threats by the thousands.
Guardians of the Galaxy
The cast of Guardians may have begun as criminals, but they eventually decide to sacrifice their own lives to protect the entire galaxy from destruction. The team hatches a plan to bring down the movie’s villain on board his own ship, with Gamora volunteering to cut power to the "impenetrable security doors" so her comrades can attack. As she fights her way to the power source, the rest of the team fights through dozens of enemy soldiers on their way to the bridge. The doors to the bridge open to even more enemies, before Gamora blasts a hole in the floor and comes to the rescue. Since nobody asked why they didn’t just blast through the floor of the impenetrable room and ambush the villain to begin with, we’re guessing the fans should just ignore it.