The Marvel Cinematic Universe turns 10 next year if my memory serves me correctly and it has grown a lot since Iron Man and The Incredible Hulk way back in 2008. And while some movies were better than others, most notably in recent years, I began thinking about everything that has happened in these movies so far and I have noticed that there were many times when our beloved heroes have made some questionable decisions.
And it’s time now to take a look at 10 of them. The list is subjective and I will try to order them based on importance and impact on the character that made the decision and other characters as well. So, let’s kick off this list.
10. Tony Stark not keeping his promise to Aldrich Killian in Iron Man 3
We know by now that Tony Stark has a very over-sized ego which tends to get the better of him and one of the more evident displays of this ego is in Iron Man 3, when he tells Aldrich Killian to meet him on the roof but then never shows up, subsequently creating the main antagonist of the movie. It might have been easier just to say no to the guy and that would have been that but hey, who am I to judge.
9. Kaecilius summoning Dormammu
Dr. Strange was a very good movie and it was made even better by Strange himself pointing out the obvious to Kaecilius when he was busy calling Dormammu. Kaecilius was all like “can’t you see the beauty of this guy” and Strange was like “dude, have you looked in a mirror lately?”. Kaecilius and his followers are turned into mindless ones once Dormammu actually arrives, further proving the stupidity of this decision.
8. Clint Barton coming out of retirement
What was the point of Age of Ultron showing us that Hawkeye had a safehouse, him almost dying and getting saved by Quicksilver and also him hammering home that this was his last assignment if he just comes out of retirement in Civil War only to get himself arrested? It seems like it was a waste of a closure moment in Age of Ultron if you’re gonna have him come back at the first opportunity.
7. Scott Lang immediately forgetting the promise he made in his own movie
Scott Lang had just redeemed himself in his standalone movie and kinda sorta made a promise that he would be around his daughter more. And what does this guy do? Join Captain America in his quest to save a wanted Bucky Barnes and ending up in the same situation as Hawkeye. Good going on that one. And I rank this higher than Hawkeye’s decision because Scott has been behind bars and already ruined his life once before, so he KNOWS what he’s getting into.
6. Spider-Man revealing his identity to both Ned AND Aunt May
Yeah, Peter Parker is not very bright in Homecoming. He somehow manages to accidentally reveal his identity to his best friend and aunt, simply because he couldn’t take like 2 seconds to scan the area of his room AND keep his door closed. While admittedly funny, his lack of awareness is alarming. Spidey sense is all but gone. And I know that this isn’t a decision per say, but still, take a quick scan when you enter your room Peter!
5. Tony and Happy completely ignoring Peter after the events in Civil War
I like how Tony was like “if anything bad happens call Happy” when Happy was constantly avoiding Peter’s calls and never returning them. Yeah, Peter’s decisions in Spider-Man: Homecoming were far from perfect but can you really blame him? He’s a bloody teenager who went off and squared against The Avengers (uh, well, some of them), survived through it and then you just let him off without a hint of surveillance?
4. Tony Stark revealing his address in Iron Man 3
A combination of anxiety and taunting by the Mandarin led to Tony revealing his address to the world. And the results were of course pretty obvious, with his house getting attacked. And while he managed to fend off his identity reveal in Iron Man 1, this was so far past the line of reason that the line was a DOT (thank you Joey). I mean yeah, in the end it all works out, but this decision could have gotten both Tony and Pepper killed.
3. Bruce Banner agreeing to help Tony build Ultron
You’d think Bruce Banner would have second thoughts about tinkering with AI given his alter-ego persona which is very hard to control. But no, he just agrees to Tony’s insane idea not once but TWICE! At least the second time he appears to at least try to back out when he says that “this is where it all went wrong the first time”. Oh well, nothing a little pep talk from Tony doesn’t fix.
2. Zemo’s entire plan and Cap’s decision to not tell Tony about his parents
The climax of Civil War is one of my favorite ones from all the MCU movies so far, even though Zemo has got to be one of the luckiest people on the planet given his unnecessarily convoluted plan. I’m going to have to give credit to CinemaSins I think for this one, when they stated that all Zemo had to do was send the tape to Tony with a note that said “Play Me!”. No need for blowing up a building and going all the way to Siberia I think for this to unfold. As for Captain America, I think he might have had a chance at convincing Tony to leave Bucky alone if he had just told him that he knew a mind-controlled Bucky was responsible for his parents’s deaths. I mean yeah, Tony would have been pissed as hell, but I do believe that he would have listened to reason. However, telling him this after he had just seen the tape AND going to defend your friend (understandable, I guess) is beyond stupid.
1. Thor trusting Loki after all this time
If you’ve seen the trailer for Avengers Infinity War, this will be even more obvious. Loki still has the Tesseract, which he will probably use to call Thanos to Earth and I’m willing to bet that Thor will STILL be able to find an excuse for his brother, even after the events from 3 Thor movies and The Avengers. If I am proven wrong then so be it, but as much as I like Thor, he is way too gullible when it comes to his adopted brother. I guess deep down he truly loves Loki, even though he has done some unspeakable things.
So yeah, these are the 10 dumbest decisions I’ve seen these characters make throughout the years. I do believe that I have missed some of them, so feel free to comment down below. Time to look forward to Black Panther now I guess.