Movies based on Marvel Comics have been popular for quite some time now. Marvel Studios themselves, Fox, Sony Pictures and various other movie studios have been responsible for their production and distribution over the years, but what they all have in common is the fact that they contain popular Marvel characters.
On the whole, they’ve been very good. Movies based on Marvel properties have tended to perform better both critically and commercially than those based on DC properties, for example – The Dark Knight Trilogy aside – but none of them are perfect by any stretch of the imagination.
If you look close enough, factual errors, continuity errors, things being in shot that shouldn’t be, and various other mistakes are prominent in them all. This video will take a look at some prime examples. Here are ten Marvel movie mistakes the don’t want you to find.
There’s a fairly silly continuity error in The Avengers and it occurs just after the second engine goes down on the S.H.I.E.L.D. Helicarrier, following the attack on it by the mind-controlled Hawkeye and Loki’s other henchmen. The visual display in Iron Man’s helmet shows the altitude of the Helicarrier as being 15,000 feet and rapidly falling. However, a short time later, just after a dying Phil Coulson shoots Loki with the Destroyer gun, even though it has been falling since the engine went down, the altitude on the Helicarrier’s bridge shows it as being at 18,000 feet. Miraculously, it has somehow “fallen” upwards by more than 3,000 feet in that time.
Guardians of the Galaxy
In Guardians of the Galaxy, when Peter Quill and Gamora first encounter one another and get into a fight on the Nova Corps’ home planet of Xandar, Gamora grabs the Orb Infinity Stone that Quill is carrying and runs away. Quill throws a laser-based lasso-type device at her, which snares her legs and causes her to trip over. She removes it and, immediately in the next shot, it has completely vanished from the ground. While you might want to argue that it was a laser and could just have dissipated, It also had mechanical components, so even if the laser had vanished, the mechanical pieces should still have been on the ground.
In 2016’s brilliantly irreverent Deadpool, after Colossus and Negasonic Teenage Warhead interruped the Merc with a Mouth’s interaction with the villainous Ajax on the bridge, Colossus handcuffs himself to Deadpool in an attempt to recruit him to the X-Men. Deadpool flat-out refuses and even goes as far as to cut off his own left hand in order to escape the Russian mutant’s clutches. However, as Deadpool falls from the bridge into a truck on the freeway below, it’s actually his right hand that’s missing. The CGI guys got that one very wrong indeed.
Although it’s a fictional concept and we allow for the suspension of disbelief, the principal of size manipulation in Ant-Man is said to work on the basis of the space between molecules altering – the space decreases for shrinking and increases for enlarging. This means that objects will weigh the same, regardless of their size. Scott Lang couldn’t ride an ant, therefore, and nor could Hank Pym walk around with a 60 tonne tank in his pocket. Other errors of this nature include Darren Cross lifting a full grown sheep between his finger and thumb, and the supersized Thomas The Tank Engine toy crushing a police car, which it would actually be far too light to do any damage to.
Captain America: Civil War
Captain America: Civil War was fantastic – one of the best movies of 2016 and the highest-grossing one of the year so far – but there’s a mistake in the movie that was even in the trailer and still made it to the final cut. When Spider-Man makes his big entrance at the German airport where the movie’s main battle takes place, he flips through the air and relieves Captain America of his shield using his webbing. However, mere moments later, when he lands on top of the vehicle holding said shield, the webbing has mysteriously vanished from it. Given how sticky that webbing is, there’s no way even Spidey himself could have removed it that quickly.