The Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) has had several successful shows on Disney+ that have expanded the universe and provided fans with new characters and storylines. I have been a fan of Marvel movies for a long period. Though the first Marvel movie I watched was X-men 2 in the theater, Still Tobey Maguire SpiderMan is my favorite. Then came Iron Man in 2008, which changed the Superhero genre, But what got me hooked in the MCU, the humor/ action/ cast, is not there anymore. In 2023, several movies and tv series are coming from Marvel, and none have me excited to watch them in the theater, except Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3. And that is why I want to point out Worst Things about MCU Disney+ Shows.
Worst Things about MCU Disney+ Shows
Lack of continuity
One of the MCU Disney+’s most prominent criticisms is the lack of continuity with the larger MCU. Many shows, such as “The Falcon and the Winter Soldier” and “WandaVision,” seem to exist in their separate bubble, disconnected from the films’ events.
Another common complaint is the lack of strong villains in the MCU Disney+ shows. Many villains feel underdeveloped and need more motivation, making it hard for viewers to feel invested in their stories. Every show villain somehow turns good in the end; It’s like a lousy Anime adaptation.
Some of the MCU Disney+ shows follow a similar formula, with predictable and formulaic episodes. This can make it difficult for the shows to stand out and feel fresh.
All the MCU Disney+ shows have a budget equal to that of a typical Hollywood movie. For Instance, WandaVision was the costliest Disney+ show, with $25 Million per episode, meaning $ 225 million in total cost. Loki, too, had a $25 Million per episode budget. The Falcon and the Winter Soldier had a total budget of $150. But in terms of CGI, these shows have yet to do something extraordinary. She hulk reportedly spent $75 for the first three episodes, and it had CGI, which was worse than the animated Shrek movie.
Unbalanced character development
While some characters in the MCU Disney+ shows receive abundant development, others can feel they need to be more utilized or developed. This can be frustrating for fans who are invested in certain characters and want to see them grow and evolve.
One of the biggest turn off of these shows is their rating, which is PG-13. Disney wants to play safe; they don’t lose their child audience by making an excellent R-rated show. This is one of the main reasons why the fans were angry when Disney announced that Daredevil: Born Again would be rated PG-13 on Netflix the show was rated- R. The result of the PG-13 rating is that they have to compromise with the action sequences.
People started liking Marvel movies because they were heartless sometimes, but there was always room for a joke. But recently, people have pointed out the forced humor in MCU movies which doesn’t connect with them. She-Hulk and Thor: Love and Thunder are one of the best examples of going too far with jokes; that whole movie/ shows itself feels like a poor parody.
Someone has to say it, But can I see a movie/ show with good action/humor/ comedy without a propaganda being shoved down my throat?
Yes, I’m talking about the fan-favorite tv show She-Hulk, with 92% approval ratings by the critics. The writer of the show Jessica Gao, changed the whole She-Hulk origination story just so that she could shove her propaganda down everyone’s throat. The show’s main plot is the constant man bashing and how it’s so hard to survive as a woman.
Depending on the Nostalgic Factor
I loved it when I saw Tobey Maguire first appear in Spider-Man: No Way Home; the whole theatre exploded. I was literally crying to see my childhood hero again. But after watching Spider-Man: No Way Home again after 1month, I realized the whole story of Spider-Man: No Way Home suck. The movie’s main plot was the writers riding on the Nostalgic Factor.
With Hugh Jackman now returning as The Wolverine, which I love, but how else would they excite fans? With a Good Story?