Top 10 Things in the MCU That Make No Sense



Top 10 Things in the MCU That Make No Sense

VOICE OVER: Callum Janes WRITTEN BY: Nancy Roberge-Renaud
We love the MCU, but it's been known to slip up from time to time. For this list, we'll be looking at some of the things in the MCU that just don't make any sense. Our countdown includes Tony Stark's Recklessness, The Fate of the Multiverse Villains, Timeline Implications, and more!

Top 10 Things in the MCU That Make No Sense

Welcome to WatchMojo, and today we’re counting down our picks for the Top 10 Things in the MCU That Make No Sense.

For this list, we’ll be looking at some of the things in the MCU that just don’t make any sense.

There are many of these! Which ones did we leave out? Let us know in the comments.

#10: Tony Stark’s Recklessness

“Iron Man 3” (2013)

Tony Stark is a smart guy, right? Not when cinematic drama is required, apparently. In “Iron Man 3” (everyone’s favorite MCU film, right?) Tony Stark makes an uncharacteristic and rash decision. He publicly declares his home address, and basically invites the bad guys over for a fight. This, of course, results in disaster as his home is attacked by helicopters, with Pepper Potts and Agent Hansen inside. Thankfully, everyone makes it out alive. The entire thing is completely out of character for the normally highly intelligent techno-genius. The only explanation here is that the film required a catalyst for disaster, and this was the only way they could come up with.

#9: No Solo Film Team-Ups

So, an awful lot of characters in the MCU have their own films or series, aside from their group appearances. The question is, why don’t they ever call each other to help out when they’re really in the weeds? Sure, we know that each character deserves the spotlight, but don’t they have phones? When Thor is defending the universe from the evil Malekith, why doesn’t he give Cap or Hulk a call? The Avengers team up for evil robots and city-wide flying slug infestations, but not a serious danger to the universe? Nah, Thor can handle it. What about when Matt Murdock and his buddies were trying to prevent New York City from basically caving in? No other superheroes were aware of this?

#8: Tony Stark’s Glasses

“Spider-Man: Far From Home” (2019)

There are quite a few plot holes in the MCU, but we tend to forgive them because the movies are just so darn good. In “Spider-Man: Far From Home”, Peter Parker receives a pair of glasses that were left to him by the late Tony Stark. The glasses respond only to Parker, and can access any and all technology. Peter, however, is a little young to be wielding such power (cue that ‘with great power’ line, if you must). Parker himself knows this, and thus entrusts the glasses to Quentin Beck, aka Mysterio. However, when he relinquishes all power to Beck, the glasses should only respond to Beck, right? Apparently not, as Peter commands the bifocals to cease Beck’s operations without issue.

#7: Dangerous Books Left Out in the Open

“Doctor Strange” (2016)

Imagine there was a large, mysterious book that held secrets to the incredibly dangerous world of time manipulation. You’d think it would be challenging to get a hold of something like that. Well, in “Doctor Strange”, the rarest and most dangerous books, such as the “Book of Cagliostro”, are kept in the library at Kamar-Taj… under some weak, easily released chains. Someone like Kaecilius was able to easily waltz in and casually take what he needed for his evil plan. If The Ancient One is so “ancient” and wise, you’d think the books would be kept under some sort of mystical lock and key? Or at least a locker with one of those expensive combination locks?

#6: Thor’s Weakness

“Thor: Ragnarok” (2017)

Ah, the Mighty Thor! God of Thunder! Taken down by… electricity? “Thor: Ragnarok” is a great film, and we’re big fans. But there is one glaring issue that irks us. Throughout the film, Thor is regularly knocked out by electricity. When he first gets to Sakaar, he is downed by a net infused with electricity that appears to electrocute him. Then Valkyrie shows up, and… electrocutes him again, knocking him out. This happens a few times in the film. It all seems a little illogical, as Thor can create lightning, yet is easily rendered unconscious with a little shock therapy. By this logic, could a regular person take him on with some wooly socks and a rug?

#5: Tony Stark Calls It Quits Twice, but Not Really

“Iron Man 3” (2013) & “Avengers: Age of Ultron” (2015)

At the conclusion of “Iron Man 3”, Tony Stark destroys his suits and all but resigns, claiming he will “scale down” his superhero life. He even gets surgery to remove the shrapnel surrounding his heart, no longer needing the arc reactor in his chest. However, at the start of “Age of Ultron”, Tony’s back in the saddle without qualms, and has even continued to build new, innovative suits, including the Hulkbuster. At the end of “Ultron”, he quits again. But, don’t worry, he’s back in the suit for “Civil War”. The question is: after all that has happened as a result of his technology, why did Tony Stark continue to make suits? It basically renders his earlier story arc and character choices obsolete.

#4: The Fate of the Multiverse Villains

“Spider-Man: No Way Home” (2021)

So, “Spider-Man: No Way Home” is awesome, and we all love it. But there is one question that remains unanswered, and it’s bothering us. After all Tom Holland Spider-Man’s efforts to save the lives of the Multiverse villains, did he really save them? The problem is this: the villains are cured, but they will return to the exact point from which they were extracted. There is no mention of time travel, which would prove necessary to prevent the deaths of a couple. Namely, there’s Doctor Octopus, who was extracted while being crushed by a huge device and drowned. When he returns, will he not still be drowning? Only this time, with a sound mind? Isn’t that worse?

#3: Ayesha’s Army

“Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2” (2017)

In “Guardians 2”, the team kills a giant creature after being hired to do so by the Sovereign leader, Ayesha. The creature seeks powerful Anulax batteries kept by the Sovereign. Ayesha tells the Guardians that she won’t send her own people in to do such dirty work, because the Sovereign people are superior and are not expendable. However, when Rocket steals the batteries for himself and is found out, Ayesha sends a bunch of killer drones after the Guardians’ ship. Why didn’t she use these drones to kill the creature? That way she wouldn’t have risked her precious army, and she would have prevented her batteries from being in the vicinity of a bunch of guns-for-hire. She could easily have cut out the middleman here.

#2: Timeline Implications

“Spider-Man: Homecoming” (2017)

Math nerds everywhere will be appalled at this next one. “The Avengers”, the first film, took place in the present day (at that time), which was in the year 2012. “Spider-Man: Homecoming” took place 8 years after the events of 2012, making it 2020, right? Not quite. Spider-Man’s character was around for the events of “Infinity War” in 2018, thus making it impossible for “Homecoming” to be taking place after “Avengers: Infinity War” and “Endgame”. Confused? So are we. Marvel CEO Kevin Feige has denied the error, however “Infinity War” co-director Joe Russo has claimed that it was, in fact, an error, calling it “a very incorrect 8 years”.

#1: Thanos Willingly Gives the Mind Stone to Loki

“The Avengers” (2012)

This one is definitely odd, and has garnered a number of complex fan theories. In the first “Avengers” film, Loki invades Earth with the use of a scepter containing the Mind Stone. Where did he get this scepter? Why, Thanos gave it to him, of course! This seems a little off, as Thanos’s only plan later on is to get all the stones for himself. As mentioned, some fans have come up with theories. One such theory posits that Thanos’s actions were all part of the greater plan, as it distracted the Asgardians from Nidavellir so he could go get the gauntlet forged. Despite this, it still seems odd that he would entrust the stone to the god of mischief, of all people.