10 Abandoned Storylines In The MCU (That Reddit Wants To Fix)
The official announcement of dead Pool 3 which will also star Hugh Jackman as The Wolverine has fans excited for what’s to come. But the news also raised questions about existing storylines and plot holes. MCU has been weaving different stories throughout its movies for over a decade at this point. With recent announcements related to future projects like Secret Invasion, Night Werewolfthe following avengers movies, et cetera, the story just keeps getting bigger.
But over the past decade, there have been a lot of little storylines that seem to be let go by the studio. While most casual viewers may not have noticed their absence, die-hard fans have taken notice.
10/10 Bruce and Natasha’s romance
Bruce Banner and Natasha Romanoff had an awkward chemistry/romance that has been hinted at since Avengers: Age of Ultron. Although fans were split over this creative choice, the script was seemingly scrapped altogether. There are unofficial theories that fans have used to fill in the plot hole.
When Bruce and Natasha finally meet after the events ofCivil warin Avengers Endgame, the romantic connection between them was all but gone. Reddit user ShadowbanThisYouDick also thinks “the romance was hinted at in at least 2 movies but then seemingly dropped” in the middle. It’s unclear why the studio made this decision, fan backlash could be one of them. Watching their romance grow over future films might fill in the MCU’s missing romantic subplot.
9/10 Bruce does not mention Betty Ross
Another lost plot point related to Bruce’s love interest, Betty Ross was played by Liv Tyler in 2008’s The Incredible Hulk. She was also the daughter of Thunderbolt Ross. While her father has been woven into the storyline time and time again, Betty Ross seems to be forgotten completely.
Not only that, but Bruce hasn’t even mentioned her since. The Incredible Hulk. Reddit user Tony1grendel also points out that “Banner never mentions Betty Ross.” Bruce having a short romantic stint with Natasha in Phases 2 and 3 also didn’t bring up Betty at any point, it’s also one of the factors that made fans not accept the subplot Bruce Natasha. It will be interesting to see if the return of the abomination in She-Hulk will lead to any reference to Betty Ross or not.
8/10 Tony Stark’s PTSD
From the events in New York to the first avengersTony Stark had developed PTSD which was most visible in iron man 3. It was one of the driving emotional factors of iron man 3.
But that plot was dropped in the next film without ever properly showing how he got over it. Reddit user Potatoloco also thinks it was “weird” that he “disappeared with just one movie”. It would have been interesting to see Tony deal with his PTSD when he went to space in Infinity War and after discovering Thanos’ snap.
7/10 Tony’s Heroic Quest in Iron Man 1
One of Tony Stark’s first motivations to start working on Mach 2 of his Iron Man suit was to get his weapons out of the hands of terrorist organizations. Although shown in one of his test flights in the first film, this plot has not been mentioned since.
Reddit user zakizak says he was “sad that it was dropped as his primary motivation.” He also doubts that Tony did such a fantastic job between Iron Man 1 and 2 that by then there were no more weapons. The incredible end of iron man 1 led some fans to believe that the quest would continue in future projects as well. References to this mission throughout the various phases would have given the MCU much more depth to pursue these smaller storylines.
6/10 Samuel Sterns from The Incredible Hulk
The Incredible Hulk was one of the first entries in the MCU and it’s clear that the overall vision for the cinematic universe was unclear to the studio at the time. Samuel Sterns was scientifically considered a “runaway” Bruce Banner. But when Banner’s blood contaminated Stern’s brain, he underwent rapid mutations.
MCU never mentioned Samuel Sterns in any of the following films. Reddit user TrevorLahey93 also questions “what happened to him” at the end of the movie and why he wasn’t shown anywhere after that. Considering the Hulk got a lot more presence because of She-Hulk and with The Abomination returning, a missing Samuel Sterns feels like a missed opportunity for a future villain.
5/10 The Sokovia Accords
The MCU is notorious for events from past films playing a role or affecting the plot in subsequent films. The Sokovia Accords had a huge role to play in the events of Civil war with some ramifications to Infinity War as well.
Even thoughcaptain america civil war had one of the best endings, the Sokovia Accords were kind of forgotten in Phase 4 where all the events on Earth seem to have no connection to them. Reddit user Hoernchen_ also thinks that even if there was some sort of resolution after End of Game, it did not appear on the screen. The Internet user also thinks that “the agreements are quoted, used or ignored arbitrarily”. Characters dealing with deals in their films would have made Civil War’s combat much more substantial.
4/10 Post blip issues
After the events of End of Gamethe later effects of the blip have been discussed in films and shows such as spiderman far from home and The Falcon and the Winter Soldier. Things like food and labor shortages and riots were quite common in those days.
Reddit user MegaDude2013 thinks that when Peter was going on a school trip to Europe in Far from home, “Everything including tourism seems to be back to normal”. The effects were also not discussed or shown in future projects. The blip is still the biggest event in the MCU to this day, so it should have had ripple effects on the individual storyline as well. For example, a She-Hulk law firm is expected to face numerous lawsuits related to the blip and should have been referenced in the story.
3/10 How or why the Red Skull was chosen to keep the Soul Stone
In a surprise reveal in Avengers Endgame, viewers discovered that Red Skull was the one guarding the Soul Stone in Vormir. Redskull says it was his punishment, for “guiding others to a treasure he cannot possess”.
But nowhere in the movie or anything after did he explain why, how, or by whom he was chosen to do it. Reddit user Selkwa also points out that “he wasn’t the first to touch the cube with his bare hand,” so why was he chosen by the tesseract? And even after acquiring the stone, Red Skull was seemingly forgotten again. The reasoning behind his choice could also have added much more depth to the lore of the Infinity Stones.
2/10 Wakanda opens its borders and its technology to other countries
One of the main points of interest of Black Panther, other than one of the best villain presentations, was whether Wakanda should open its borders and share its resources and knowledge with the rest of the world. Even after this decision was made at the end of the film, no real effect was seen in any of the later projects.
Reddit user Travelingwonderer also wonders what happened to the whole scenario and why no real technological effects were seen in the rest of the world. It would have been interesting to see other third world countries develop with help from Wakanda or a subplot referring to countries fighting for which we get their help.
1/10 Stolen Pym Particles
Pym particles were introduced in the first The ant Man movie and throughout the MCU, it’s been emphasized how rare and important they are. But towards the climax of the film, one of the characters known as Michelle Karson runs away with a vial of particles.
It is known that he was working with Shield as a Hydra agent. Reddit user The_Bakery_ also believes that there is no mention of where this flask is and whether or not it has been used. Considering that Pym particles were vital in the events of End of Game, and their potential uses in the evolution of timelines, it’s surprising that no one among the Avengers even tried to research them.
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