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8 Repetitive Trends In Marvel Movies That We're So Fed Up Of

Needless to say, Marvel Cinematic Universe is the biggest movie franchise in the business right now, if not in history. Hundreds of Movies.and series alike have been released since 2008 to appease fans worldwide and to build up for the next couple of entries. However, after years of consecutive success with blockbusters released every year, it seems that Marvel's movies have gone stale recently, and questions are being asked. Lazy scriptwriting just to introduce new heroes/villains, the overabundant scale of characters, and repetitive patterns in the plot,…Most recent entries, like Ant-Man: Quantumania or Thor: Love and Thunder were heavily criticized by both fans and pundits, while the new projects, which qualities are questionable, keep flooding in.
Maybe it's time for Marvel Studios to finally do something about their next titles to regain the trust of their audience. The first problem to address would be to remove certain trends in their movies that have been too repetitive lately to keep things fresh. These patterns are very Marvel-oriented and are actually interesting to see at first, but after being recycled repeatedly into a formula, they become very predictable, and sometimes just straight-up boring. To mix things up is a necessary thing to do, and here are some familiar motifs Marvel should get rid of.

#1 Peter Parker's super ability to keep messing up everything he does.

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We get it. Compare to other Avengers, Peter's still a young kid, and kids make mistakes. But making grave mistakes consecutively which can result in the destruction of the very universe? Logically, it's weird to have our young Spidey do an oopsie, learn his lesson, solve the problems, and then make the exact same blunder in the following title (looking at you, Spider-Man: No Way Home). Considering how Peter is also very intelligent and understanding, it just doesn't make sense.
At the end of his 3rd Marvel title, Peter had lost everything, from his friends, family, and allies. It breaks our hearts to see Spidey keeps suffering for some silly mistakes, and we all hope to see him making more sensible and mature decisions in the future, as the real proof of his character development.

#2 The strongest heroes just (conveniently) disappear in important fights.

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Talking about blunders, Spidey's not the only one to blame. Since the start of the MCU, the earth has been facing countless threats and vicious battles that often end in great casualties. But sometimes, some heroes are just nowhere to be found, when their mere appearance would have changed the entire flow of the fights. For example, where was the ridiculously strong Carol Danvers, who can literally take down a whole alien army by herself, when Earth was attacked by enemies from out of space like Loki or Malekith? Or where were all the other superheroes when Tiamut wreaked havoc in Eternals? Of course, each hero has their own title, and not every one of them can fit into one single movie and help each other every time, but in larger-scale battles, it's a bit unrealistic to have most of them absent, especially the stronger ones.

#3 The dead keep coming back.

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Like the comics, Marvel movies try not to keep their dead ones, well, stay dead for very long. Some previously deceased characters, such as Groot, Loki, Gamora, Vision, or Agent Coulson, have somehow escaped Death's grasp and returned to the franchise in different roles. And even the upcoming titles which include the multiverse will also bring back X-Men such as Wolverine and Professor X to the table. Well, we still have some heroes like Iron Man, Black Widow, or Quicksilver whose passings are permanent, but it doesn't change the fact that death has somehow lost its weight in Marvel titles. Anyone can die, and anyone can be resurrected, one way or another. It's not necessarily a bad thing, since we get to see more of our favorite heroes, but overuse it would prove fatal.

#4 Some superheroes should have more important roles to play.

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With hundreds of characters and even more in the future to manage, it's hard to give every one of them a significant role in the saga. However, we'd love to see some of our favorite side characters have their arcs, or maybe even their own movies. Some heroes like Drax, Bucky, The Wasp, or Okoye definitely deserve more than just supporting roles in bigger franchises.
And even some more important heroes of the MCU didn't seem to have their deserved spotlight compared to the likes of Spider-Man, Thor, or Captain America, with Hulk and Dr.Strange being the prime examples. Hulk, one of the initial members of the Avengers, with one of the earliest entries in the saga, is a side character at best in Avengers movies. He also didn't have any sequels to his own title yet, making just supporting roles in Thor: Ragnarok or She-Hulk: Attorney At Law. Dr. Strange, who wields immense magic power and cast his gaze over the entire earth, is a side character even in his own sequel Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness, leaving the spotlight for the main villain Scarlet Witch. For what both Hulk and Doctor Strange have contributed to the MCU, we feel like they should get more recognition and screen time.

#5 Scarlet Witch can't decide between good and evil.

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Initially a side villain in Avengers, Wanda Maximoff turned to the good side thanks to Hawkeye and became a part of the Avengers, but it didn't last long. After being deemed a terrorist in Civil War, she lost her loved one, Vision in Avengers: Infinity War. Since then, after Endgame, Wanda remained on the good side, but she's a ticking timebomb waiting to explode. After WandaVision, her mind was corrupted by the Darkhold, and she became the main villain in Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness. Scarlet Witch sacrificed herself at the end after having a change of heart, but with Marvel's tendency of resurrecting the dead, she'll likely make a comeback in the future.
The real question is, if Scarlet Witch return, what will she be this time: a hero or a villain?

#6 Mid-fight comedy is getting stale.

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One of the best aspects of MCU movies is their unrivaled comedy. The jokes between heroes and villains alike, even in the midst of battle are a unique charm of their shows, which help ease the tensions and bring a breath of freshness into the scenes. But at one time, Marvel overfed us with unnecessary jokes and quips, which can be annoying. Nowadays it seems like any superhero can crack a joke nonchalantly, no matter if they're the clown of the group like Starlord or Tony Stark, or the more serious type of character like Doctor Strange or Captain Marvel. Comedy is good for every movie, but Marvel needs to tone it down a bit to avoid undercutting the scene apart and distracting the audience from the story.

#7 Nanotech here, Nanotech there, Nanotech everywhere.

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After Vibranium, Nanotech is the latest type of technology brought into the scene in Avengers: Infinity War by Iron Man. His Mark L then was considered one of the best suits Tony Stark has ever created, and the suit-up sequence was epic, to say the least. But then in Phase 4 and 5, the hype died down a bit since Nanotech is so common then, and literally everyone got a Nanosuit for themselves. I mean, come on, even Thor uses one now. The suit-up scene was also cut short, and the outfits' aesthetics are not as impressive as they used to be anymore. Marvel really needs to mix things up to keep the audience entertained, especially when it comes to superhero clothing.

#8 Repetitive arcs with no real character developments.

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While some of the heroes' adventures have concluded gracefully like Captain America or Iron Man, others just keep having sequel after sequel without real meaning or development behind them. For example, Spider-Man keeps messing up, Thor keeps losing his loved ones, and Drax keeps being the comedic-relief character of the team. While these troupes help define the characters, using them repetitively only hinders their growth and makes the plot predictable.
Marvel Studios will have a lot of work to do in the future to regain the audience's attention, and the first right step to do is to stop overusing patterns that fans have fed up, with and try to mix things up a bit more.
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