My Top 5 Letdowns In The History Of The MCU

By Stephen Ippolito | July 14th, 2020

Like everything, the MCU is not perfect. Over its 23 films released to date, there have been times I felt disappointed by something I thought would have been better. Whether it’s a movie overall or how a character was portrayed/appeared, there have been times when I felt letdown by the MCU. It doesn’t happen often but enough to make a Top 5 list.

5. Dormammu’s appearance in Doctor Strange

If you look at how Dormammu was physically portrayed in 2016’s Doctor Strange, you will notice that it’s quite different from its comic book counterpart. In the film, he’s shown as an energy like being with a face. In the comics, however, he is depicted as a humanoid with a flaming head. In my opinion, while not nearly as bad, it felt like Galactus’ appearance in 2007’s Fantastic Four: Rise of The Silver Surfer. Instead of getting his famous gigantic humanoid appearance, we got a giant smoke monster in Space.

How Dormammu appears in the comics

This could simply be fixed in the upcoming sequel Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness. The second installment in the series is expected to involve the Multiverse, which is where Dormammu is from. If Doctor Strange were to visit his realm, the dark dimension, perhaps he could be shown in his proper comic book form. They could just say he only appeared like that in the first film because he was out of his realm.

4. Bill Foster in Ant-Man and The Wasp

Bill Foster

I was really excited when I found out at San Diego Comic-Con in 2017 that Laurence Fishburne was going to play Bill Foster (AKA: Black Goliath). I love the actor and was happy to see him get a good character from the comics. However, after seeing Ant-Man and the Wasp, I was disappointed with how he was portrayed.

4. Bill Foster in Ant-Man and The Wasp

Foster made his debut in the Avengers series in 1966. He started out as Hank Pym’s lab assistant but later took up the mantle of Black Goliath, whose similar to Pym’s Giant-Man. In the film, he’s an old colleague of Pym who worked with him at Shield.


My issue with the film version is I didn’t like how they made him more like his pre-Black Goliath days, a boring scientist. When it came to physical conflicts, he was useless. I would have wanted him to be a little more action-packed, I mean he was an ex S.H.I.E.D. Agent, so he had to have some form of self-defense training. One thing I would not have minded is if Marvel Studios flipped the script and made him the villain. Seeing him as giant Black Goliath take on Ant-Man and Wasp would have been something to see.


3. Ultron in Avengers: Age of Ultron

Picture of Ultron

As one of the Avengers’ fiercest and oldest foes in the comics, I was disappointed with Ultron in the second Avengers film. The whole movie I actually found to be disappointing. I loved the first one, but the second outing just felt like It didn’t add anything new that I found appealing. To be fair, my expectations were really high.  So it shouldn’t have come as a surprise that I found it disappointing.


Anyways back to Ultron. I didn’t like how he had not been teased in any MCU movies prior. Just having him pop out of nowhere 20 mins into the film without any mention at any point before didn’t feel like a good move. It wasn’t even known that Tony Stark was trying to create an A.I. to replace the Avengers.

His doomsday plan to drop a city onto the earth also was dumb. It felt like a 10-year-old wrote it. Sure it was original, but it just seemed ridiculous.

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