10 (5) Things in the Marvel Cinematic Universe that make no sense (to casual viewers)

8. How the hell did Tony get his heart fixed in Iron Man 3?

For almost three complete Iron Man movies, we know that the shrapnel in Tony Stark's heart is unremovable and will kill him if he doesn't keep an arc reactor in his chest to power a magnet. Not only is this a constant reminder of his previous hubris as a weapons manufacturer, it also powers his damn armor. Then, suddenly, at the end of Iron Man 3 the shrapnel is no longer unremovable, Stark has some surgery, gets his arc reactor taken out, and is fine and dandy. What the hell? If this was an option why didn't Tony do this back when the arc reactor was poisoning him? Actually, why didn't he do it in the first Iron Man movie let the minute he got home?


1) What the hell was Howard Stark thinking in Iron Man 2?

Sorry, Iron Man 2, but nothing about this makes sense. So Tony Stark is dying because the palladium core in the arc reactor in his chest — the arc reactor that's keeping the shrapnel in his heart magnetized and preventing it from killing him — is killing him. Bummer. He needs a new element, and discovers the atomic structure for one hiding in the Stark Expo diorama his dad built, thanks to a helpful film Howard made, addressing his son in the future, heavily hinting that there was something special hiding in said diorama. Now, ignore the fact that this brand-new element is also the one that Tony needs to save his life at this exact moment. Also ignore the fact that Howard made a filmstrip to insinuate the importance of the diorama to his adult son on the off chance Hydra might kill him and his wife in a car accident before he grew up. Howard's best plan for showing his son this new, world-changing element was to hide it in his diorama of an old fairground? A diorama that, along with the film strip, was kept in some kind of SHIELD storage unit for decades, that no one ever threw away, and that Nick Fury only randomly handed over to Tony? Maybe Howard could have hidden it in something a bit easier for Tony to have gotten a hold off. Like, say, a letter.

IM2 is the worst non-Incredible Hulk movie in the MCU imho

4) Why did Cap have to stay on the ship to wreck it?

I understand why the movie needed him to stay on the ship — so he could have one last tearful goodbye with Peggy Carter over the giant jet's communicator. But why did he need to fly the jet directly into the ground? Why couldn't he have pointed it towards the ground and jumped out? If the jet somehow always reverted to its previous destination without someone manually controlling it — which would be pretty weird in and of itself — why didn't Cap just jam something against the steering wheel to keep it on track? Or why didn't Cap try and land it somewhere in the non-freezing part of the Atlantic ocean, where he could try to swim out?

5) How did Thor get back to Earth for Avengers?

At the end of Thor, the Bifrost bridge is destroyed, and everyone is super-clear that Thor can no longer return to Midgard. It's why he can't see his new lady friend Jane Foster at the end of the movie. Then comes The Avengers, and boom, Thor's back in town. The movie doesn't even try to offer an explanation, although at least by the time Thor: The Dark World rolls around the Asgardians have reconstructed the Bifrost so people can come and go. In interviews, Chris Hemsworth and Tom Hiddleston mutter something about Odin using his power to send Thor to Midgard to chase after his brother, but if that's the case, then Thor breaking the bridge wasn't nearly as big a deal as Thor tried to pretend, because all he had to do was ask dad for the keys to the car, metaphorically speaking. Also, explanations given in press interviews don't count.


10) Why is [Spoilers for Captain America: The Winter Soldier]?

[Spoiler (click to open)] Leaving aside the fact that the nascent Strategic Homeland Intervention, Enforcement and Logistics Division must have been monumentally stupid to let former Nazi scientist Arnim Zola have the resources to reassemble Hydra right under their noses, or that the agency somehow managed to consist of 50% Hydra agents and no one figured it out for 60 years. But what the hell was Zola's Hydra algorithm doing on that boat in the first place? The algorithm was supposed to help the new Insight helicarriers target potential threats to Hydra; there's no reason to put it on another ship's computers, and there's no reason for Agent Sitwell to be carrying it anywhere. It couldn't do anything other than wait to be a target for a shady Nick Fury op.



ONTD, what movies have made absolutely no sense to you?
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