The 10 Most Disappointing Movies And TV Shows, According To Reddit
The Marvel Cinematic Universe is one movie away from ending its Division 4 Phase. Recent projects such as Thor: Love and Thunder, moon knight and Ms. Marvel haven’t been nearly as successful as previous entries in the franchise, suggesting the Marvel formula is starting to show cracks.
Fans still love the MCU but are increasingly aware of its flaws. Indeed, not every project can be a winner, but some movies and TV shows in the franchise are particularly unpopular with fans. Some of them are taking to Reddit to voice their opinions on these disappointing chapters of the ongoing MCU.
Captain Marvel is one of the most controversial projects in the MCU. The project stars Brie Larson as the title character, with Samuel L. Jackson’s Nick Fury as the co-lead. Fans remain divided over the film’s quality, with many considering it low. Redditor sosad234 is one of those, claiming Carol’s writing is “poor, boring and unappealing” while claiming the film wastes Jude Law and makes a joke about Nick Fury’s eye patch.
The choice of words makes the Redditor’s comment a bit sexist. Carol is not the typical female lead. She’s stubborn, stoic, and maybe even unsympathetic, but that’s precisely what makes her interesting. However, the user has a point about the misuse of Jude Law’s film and the choice to blame a cat for Fury’s eye accident.
The Falcon and the Winter Soldier
The Falcon and the Winter Soldier was one of the first MCU Disney+ shows. It was the first project to feature Bucky Barnes and Sam Wilson, putting them front and center in a story about duty and justice. However, not everyone is a fan of the series. Redditor WassupSassySasquatch has a lot to say about it, describing “the pacing, writing and direction” as “poor or inconsistent”, calling the Flagsmashers “boring” and saying the politics were “both too on the nose and confused”.
The show is far from perfect, but it had pretty consistent writing throughout, and the direction was far from uninspired. However, the Redditor makes a good point about how the plot has too many storylines and fails them all, diminishing its otherwise strong message.
Scarlett Johansson waited years for her solo film, but the result disappointed more than one. Black Widow was released in 2021 as the first Phase 4 movie, and some fans weren’t too happy with it. Redditor ProjectDarkInfinity chastised the film for having “none of the granularity promised by the opening credits” and lamented that Natasha “never spends her time in the sun”.
Black Widow is one of the most quoted characters in the MCU, and she has one of the most mysterious and tragic backstories. The Redditor is correct that the film didn’t delve deeper into her traumatic past, instead settling for a relatively simple storyline that provided no new insight into her character.
The MCU’s first foray into animation was spotty at best. What if…? featured beautiful animation and intriguing concepts but ultimately felt unnecessary. Redditor Slippery_boi calls it “rushed and watered down by flimsy writing that didn’t know how to keep a good pace.”
What if…?The first season of is far from perfect. However, a few episodes are so good that they alone elevate the finished product. Still, there is room for improvement. Hopefully the writers will learn from their mistakes in Season 1. Fans on Reddit know what they would like to see in Season 2 of What if…? and it’s only a matter of time to see if they’ll get it.
Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2
Some fans agree that Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 is a beautiful film but pales in comparison to its far superior predecessor. Redditor ValhallaAtchaBoy says the “humor was hit or miss” and calls the film a constant reminder of “how much better the original was”.
The Redditor’s words are harsh, but there is truth in them. Flight. 2 feels less original than its predecessor, which was a breath of fresh air for the MCU. The sequel is the perfect example of a first film so good that it creates huge expectations that no sequel could ever meet.
Doctor Strange is one of the most quoted characters in the MCU. His first film came out in 2016, bringing magic and mysticism to the growing franchise and showcasing the best visuals in the MCU (up to that point, at least). However, some fans found it disappointing, such as Redditor MrClamhands42, who called the storyline “very weak” and denounced “the lack of variety in the magic”.
The Redditor makes several good points, especially his comment on how uninspired Strange’s powers were in his first big-screen adventure. Fortunately, the MCU has gotten more creative with its abilities in future entries, taking advantage of the versatility of its magic to deliver some of the most creative combat in the Infinity Saga.
Even the MCU’s greatest movie has its detractors. Avengers: Endgame was the epic culmination of the Infinity Saga, bringing together all the major characters in a crossover for the ages. However, some fans found it disappointing. Case in point: Redditor zappafrank2112 called it “thrown together” and slammed it for having “no stake at all.”
The movie does indeed feature too much fan service and a plot that crumbles the minute someone tries to make sense of it. However, it also brings a decade-long story to a satisfying narrative ending that delivers one jaw-dropping sequence after the next. Avengers: Endgame has many flaws, but having “no stakes” isn’t one of them.
iron man 3
The MCU’s Phase 2 featured some big twists, but the Mandarin’s surprise in iron man 3 was not part of it. Many fans are still unhappy to this day. For example, Redditor JonzoNYC420 calls it “the dumb Mandarin twist,” saying the movie “dropped the ball” and echoing the sentiments of millions of other angry fans.
iron man 3The Mandarin’s treatment borders on insulting, reducing the titular character’s nemesis to a walking joke. The choice was so bad that the MCU finally recovered by introducing the real Mandarin in 2021 Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Ringsthereby restoring the villain’s reputation.
iron man 2
Iron Man launched the MCU, but its sequels are among the most controversial entries in the franchise. iron man 2 often ranks among the sage’s worst entries, thanks to its mediocre plot and how unsympathetic Tony is. Redditor Delicious-Tachyons acknowledges the script’s flaws and calls it “a fucking mess.”
Really, iron man 2 was shot without a finished script (by Collider), and it shows in the finished product. It’s tonally uneven and even unsatisfying, with cardboard villains and a storyline that showcases all of Tony’s worst qualities. It might not be the worst MCU movie, but it sure is rock bottom.
All Disney+ shows
Redditor Guillermo160 pulled no punches when voicing his opinion. He expressed his disappointment with all of the 2021 Disney+ shows, saying he “expected more” from the “dull finales.”
Although this is a harsh opinion, the user makes a good point about the latest episodes of most Disney+ shows. Wanda Vision did not stick the landing, Hawk Eyethe finale of felt ridiculously small, and The Falcon and the Winter SoldierThe last episode of was surprisingly disappointing. Only LokiThe finale of managed to create and deliver a truly surprising climax, and that’s only because it needed to set up its upcoming second season.
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