There’s no doubt about it, Marvel Studios does big business. The MCU has millions of fans all over the world, of all ages, personality types, and genders. The Marvel movies have something for everyone — from the goofy hijinks of Guardians of the Galaxy to the intense dramatics of Thor: The Dark World. It’s no wonder fans get heated over their favorite films, and in fact, for many viewers, discussing the movies with other fans is one of the best parts of the fandom. Even so, there are times when people just can’t seem to find common ground and get embroiled in some seriously heated arguments — like in a recent Reddit thread, where fans joined in to share their unpopular opinions about the MCU.
Why do so many people love Marvel movies?
For many, the MCU officially began in 2008, when Iron Man was released. Not only did the film revive the career of troubled actor Robert Downey Jr., but it signaled the start of a new era in filmmaking. Iron Man was quickly followed by a host of other films and a slew of exciting, interesting heroes. Although many of the characters had been around for years in comic book form, seeing them on-screen was a whole new experience for comic book fans.
In the past twelve years, the MCU has expanded to include a plethora of films and spinoff materials. With so many types of movies in the MCU, it can be hard to pinpoint the specific reasons why fans feel drawn to Marvel films. Many speculate that it is because the heroes in the MCU are more relatable and human than heroes in other comic-book films. When audiences can emotionally engage with the people on-screen, it only makes sense that they would be more emotionally invested in the storylines and plot points.
Some people can’t stand Marvel films
Although millions of people love Marvel, there are those who claim that the MCU has a lot of problems. A few of the common complaints leveled against the MCU are that the stories too often lack substance in favor of comedy or slapstick humor and that the characters aren’t “edgy” enough to be interesting.
Another complaint is that the storylines running through the MCU are hard to keep up with and too convoluted for the average viewer to follow. It is hard to deny that some films have become much more popular than others, but in general, most Marvel fans dismiss these complaints.
Fans on Reddit discussed their ‘unpopular’ MCU opinions
While most people around the world are still in lockdown, the internet has become more widely used than ever before. Fans have been turning to Reddit and other online forums to discuss their favorite films – and in a recent thread, Marvel fans convened to discuss their various “unpopular” MCU opinions. One of the most controversial posts on the thread was from a fan who stated that “the Joss Whedon Avengers films haven’t aged well in just a few short years.” Other fans were quick to take issue, with comments such as “disagree with the last but only because of the way you worded it. I’d agree that they’re the weakest Avengers film but only because of the competition.”
Another hot-button issue for fans on Reddit was the series Agents of SHIELD. One poster claimed that “Agents of SHIELD and Daredevil are better than a large portion of the MCU,” but another fan refuted that opinion, saying “Agents of SHIELD sucks.” In spite of the back and forth on the thread, most fans were respectful — proof positive that it is possible for members of the same fandom to disagree without resorting to personal attacks on the internet.