Top 10 Biggest Marvel Movie Blunders!

Written by Shane O'Gorman Through the Marvel Cinematic Universe, Marvel comics have created some of the finest comic book movie adaptation of all time, but some of their adaptations have been less than stellar to the point that true comic fans will never forget and never forgive. WatchMojo presents the top 10 Marvel movie blunders. But what will take the top spot on our list? The Playground fight scene from Daredevil, the Dancing Scenes from Spider-man 3, or the abomination of Deadpool in X-Men Origins: Wolverine? Watch to find out! Watch on WatchMojo: WatchMojo.com Big thanks to Laballs for suggesting this idea, and to see how WatchMojo users voted, check out the suggest page here: WatchMojo.comsuggest/Top+10+Marvel+Movie+Blunders
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They can’t be marvelous all the time. Welcome to WatchMojo.com and today we’re counting down our picks for the Top 10 Marvel Movie Blunders.

For this list, we’re taking singling out creative decisions in Marvel movies that were embarrassing, stupid, or completely unnecessary and ended up hurting the films’ overall quality. Since we’ll be giving away some key plot details, a spoiler alert is in order.

#10: Killing Off Important Characters
“X-Men: The Last Stand” (2006)

In terms of comic book adaptions, the third “X-Men” film wasn’t exactly a critical darling in the eyes of audiences. Among its many controversial creative choices, one of the most frustrating decisions for fans was to kill off many beloved characters. Although a pivotal plot point, the death of Professor X felt sudden and jarring, leading many to believe the movie could have done without it. Furthermore, the death of Cyclops ignited intense backlash from “X-Men” fans, as he is supposed to be the strong, brave leader of the mutant ensemble… yet he was killed off barely twenty minutes into the flick… off-screen no less. Cyclops (and all of us) deserved better.

#9: A Campier Tone
“Blade: Trinity” (2004)

The first two “Blade” films helped kick-start the modern age of comic book film adaptions. These movies took the character seriously, thus proving that competently made superhero flicks could be done properly. By the time the third film came around, however, this ‘Blade’ had seriously lost its edge, completely abandoning any of the grittiness and attitude that made its predecessors so beloved. While we love Ryan Reynolds, his non-stop one-liners felt out of place in a “Blade” film. Of course it wasn’t all his fault. The plot as a whole felt incredibly goofy with Dracula being brought back to life, vampire/Pomeranian hybrids, and – of course – Triple H’s wrestling moves.

#8: Gwen Stacy Dying Too Early
“The Amazing Spider-Man 2” (2014)

Yes, yes, fan service is great and all, but the second “Amazing Spider-Man” film did not properly build up to this iconic comic book moment. While the chemistry between Peter and Gwen is excellent and was enough to at least make us feel sad when she’s killed, the movie just tried to juggle one too many storylines, leaving little room for us to truly feel the tragedy of her death. The sequence as a whole just felt rushed and out of nowhere, and considering Peter seemed to get over it within ten minutes of screen-time completely took away from any dramatic weight the filmmakers were trying to build.

#7: Victor von Doom / Doom
“FANT4STIC” (2015)

The 2015 reboot of Marvel’s first family has a treasure trove of problems to poke fun at, but we feel the biggest offender was the awful depiction of Doctor Doom. Instead of being a brilliant scientist in charge of his own multi-million-dollar company, Doom was basically just some computer nerd who lived in a basement. After being affected by the same radiation that gave the Fantastic Four their powers, he practically disappeared for a better part of the film, only popping up again in the last fifteen minutes for a painfully rushed climax. You know it’s bad when it makes the 2005 version look good.


#6: Mandarin Twist
“Iron Man 3” (2013)

In the comics, The Mandarin is Iron Man’s arch nemesis, utilizing his rings of magical power to combat the armored avenger time and time again. In “Iron Man 3,” he was initially stripped down to a more realistic level, making him a vicious terrorist instead. Okay, we could have stomached that, but then the movie pulled the old switcheroo, revealing that the Mandarin was just an actor pretending to be the Mandarin, serving as a distraction while the real deal operated in the shadows. Uhh, “A” for effort and all, but this change just didn’t work, as it destroyed any established tension surrounding the character, instead making things all a big joke.

#5: Misusing Venom
“Spider-Man 3” (2007)

Spider-Man has quite a diverse and interesting rogues’ gallery, with enemies like Green Goblin and Doctor Octopus. But for many Spidey fans, Venom stands above them all, as his menacing personality and physical prowess make him a formidable opponent for the wall crawler. Unfortunately, everything that made Venom great was lost in his translation to the big-screen. Shrinking the character down to a much smaller, less imposing size and casting Topher Grace as Eddie Brock didn’t help much either. Venom is meant to be a brutal, intimidating archenemy to Spider-Man, but here he was just an afterthought tossed into the last third of the film, coming nowhere close to his comic book counterpart.

#4: Nicolas Cage as Johnny Blaze / Ghost Rider
“Ghost Rider” (2007)

It’s worth mentioning that Nicolas Cage, love him or hate him, is a huge fan of the Ghost Rider character, so landing this acting gig was like a dream job for him. But big fan or not, his interpretation of the Spirit of Vengeance fell flat thanks to an emphasis on goofiness over intensity. Ghost Rider fights the forces of darkness, something that can’t quite be taken seriously when Cage is chewing on Jelly Beans and laughing at monkeys on his television. The Ghost Rider himself was pretty cool, but we always knew at the back of our minds that he would eventually transform back into Nicolas Cage, shattering the badass-ness of the character.

#3: The Dancing Scenes
“Spider-Man 3” (2007)

It was an alien symbiote that latched onto Eddie Brock and transformed him into Venom (and we already know how that turned out). But initially that same symbiote bonded to Peter Parker and turned him into a… dancing queen? The black suit is supposed to fill its host with rage and hostility towards others, with a tendency to lash out in fits of violence without warning. What did we get instead in the third “Spider-Man” film? Peter Parker sporting an emo hairstyle, possible black eyeliner, and grooving his way up and down New York streets, from city sidewalks to jazz bars. If anybody involved with this project actually had Spidey senses, they would’ve known this was a bad idea.

#2: Playground Fight
“Daredevil” (2003)

While the 2003 film interpretation of Daredevil did have some good moments, it mostly felt like a misfire. For one thing, why would a movie that was attempting to adapt one of Marvel’s most edgy and dark superheroes have an absurdly silly martial arts fight in a playground in broad daylight? Considering a prior sequence showed us DD brutally beating up thugs in a bar fight, this playground sequence completely ruined the atmosphere the movie was building until that point. Throw in some cringe worthy one-liners, over-the-top choreography, and the fact that Elektra essentially decides to beat up a BLIND MAN, and this became a truly painful moment to sit through.

Before we reveal out top pick, here are a few honorable mentions.
- Adamantium Bullet
“X-Men Origins: Wolverine” (2009)

- The Love Scene
“Howard the Duck” (1989)

#1: Deadpool, The Merc with No Mouth
“X-Men Origins: Wolverine” (2009)

Where oh where to begin? First of all, Deadpool’s origin story was not that he was the culmination of genetic experimentation with mutant DNA. He didn’t have swords in his arms, nor could he zap you with optic blasts from his eyes. Ugh, it’s painful just talking about this. Furthermore, his physical design was all wrong, as this version was missing the traditional red outfit. But, as if that weren’t bad enough, they decided to sew his mouth shut! Come on guys, he’s called: the Merc with a Mouth! Deadpool likes to crack jokes! He needs his mouth! You know it’s bad when a film from the same studio years later pokes fun at how stupid this decision was.
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