There are some great Marvel franchise films that leave us awestruck. However, there are also films that don’t live up to the hype of its prequel or sequel. Here are 14 bad films of Marvel franchises that are terrible.
1. The Incredible Hulk (2008)
The problem with The Incredible Hulk is that it’s totally different from the other movies in the franchise. Edward Norton, who played the Bruce Banner, actually did a decent job but couldn’t make it to The Avengers franchise. Mark Ruffalo replaced him. This film falls behind in various aspects such as tone, quality, visuals, characters, and voice needed to make a great Marvel Cinematic Universe film. It also received terrible reviews from the audience as well as from critics.
2. Thor (2011)
The director, Kenneth Branagh’s Thor, is a decent film. Scenes portraying Chris Hemsworth as The God of Thunder has its own fanbase but, it fell short compared to the debut of Tony Stark and Chris Evans. The director succeeded in portraying the Asgard part well but, the rest of the film isn’t that great. The rest of the film takes place on the earth; that’s exactly where the film falls apart. Also, the audience felt that Loki is the main lead of the film.
3. Thor: The Dark World (2013)
Alan Taylor’s Thor: The Dark World couldn’t beat its predecessors with Marvel Cinematic Universe’s most terrible villain (Male Keith) and a disturbing story that creates an entirely unforgettable experience. The director felt that it’s a comedy film. The first half of the film is pretty dull, and the second half is somewhat okay with some engaging moments here and there and quaky humor. I think the director should’ve taken Thor more seriously than just making him crack jokes and do slapstick comedy.
4. The Punisher (1989)
Jonathan Hensleigh’s 2004 version was terrible. And this film is much worse than its predecessor. The Punisher‘s 1989 iteration plays Dolph Lundgren. The Drago version has received bad ratings from the audience as well as from critics. This film includes racism, excessive violence, and horror.
5. Iron Man 2 (2010)
Director Jon Favreau wanted to do too much in just one film but failed in delivering all those things. It needed some exclusive time to introduce The Avengers, but the director messes it up by awkwardly introducing Black Widow’s character and did not give her any depth and screen time at all. Marvel fans eagerly waited for the sequel of Iron Man and hoped that its second installment would be much better. But, it fell below expectations.
6. Captain America: The First Avenger (2011)
While many agree that Chris Evans shines in Captain America: The Winter Soldier and Captain America: Civil War. But Steve Rogers’s first appearance while joining the army was as a desperate loser, who is later saved by science to become a legend of World War II. His characterization didn’t seem right.
7. The Amazing Spiderman (1977)
The Amazing Spiderman was initially made for television; but the film has also been screened abroad. Perhaps because the universe is nothing but a swirling void of endless anxiety and confusion. However, reviews were, on an average scary and highlighted how weeds and cocaine influenced people’s opinions in the ’70s. If this film was released today, it would have been a laugh riot. And this film needs a special mention for its jaw-dropping visuals and VFX. ROFL.
8. The Incredible Hulk Returns (1988)
In the Golden days, the audience didn’t really care about the content of the film. That was the time when Lou Ferrigno got his first break with a horrendous film, The Incredible Hulk Returns. The audience responded warmly to him, and this was the best they had hoped for. This film didn’t stop with Hulk and gave a weird characterization to Thor, The God of Thunder.
In the film, Thor must live up to the whims of mortal archeology student, Donald Blake when he accidentally encounters Thor’s hammer while exploring Norway. Oh, and for some reason, they fight the mafia. Isn’t that hilarious? This film could make a great sitcom with your friends for the weekend.
9. Ant-Man (2015)
The first Ant-Man film, released shortly after Avengers: Age of Ultron, went through a very terrible production process, replacing the original director Edgar Wright.
Wright’s unique style of filmmaking is still visible in the final product. However, critics and the audience were slightly less impressed with the comedy, perhaps due to previous films.
10. Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. II (2017)
Despite their remarkable success, Marvel Cinematic Universe hasn’t managed to erase their image of not living up to the hype. Still, their sequel is almost always a financial and critical hit.
The Guardians of the Galaxy’s 2014 sequel was very successful at its launch. Still, the critics were bothered by the typical problems associated with overcrowding and the lack of clear direction for the sequel.
11. Captain America (1944)
The great thing with old films is that no matter how the film is, the audience will receive it well. The 1944 Black and White Live Series was Captain America’s first live appearance. The best and most amazing thing about this movie is that Cap tried to stop Scarab from acquiring an ultrasound called Dynamic Vibrator. This film is capable of disappointing every Steve Roger fan. LMAO.
12. Dr. Strange (1978)
CBS never had plans to make a film on Doctor Strange because it was the time where the audience was literally going head over heels for the legendary Jedi Master, Obi-Wan Kenobi. The 1978 effort for Doctor Strange earned a 24% audience rating on Rotten Tomatoes, which was no surprise.