The Biggest Marvel Mistakes Fans Will Have to Live With

Movies make all kinds of mistakes, ranging from shots mismatching to anachronistic props to plot holes big enough to accommodate a tank. How impactful these mistakes are is a matter of debate, but there’s a type of movie mistake that’s especially fascinating – the one where the filmmaker admits a goof. 

Yes, even the mighty Marvel Cinematic Universe will cop to a mistake. They may not matter in the grand scheme of things, especially when you’re counting billions of box office dollars, but fans hold Marvel Studios to such intense scrutiny that the mistakes stand out.

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Marvel: We admit it, we goofed

Per Digital Spy, one of the studio’s more blatant oversights was leaving out a cast member’s name on the poster for Avengers: Endgame. That poster  featured 13 characters but listed only 12 actors’ names.

Left out was for Danai Gurira, who plays the Wakanda warrior Okoye. Granted, Okoye didn’t have a big role in such a sprawling cast, but to leave only her name out, when you include Bradley Cooper’s name without Bradley Cooper’s face, is unfortunate. 

One of the most intriguing Marvel fan theories was that the cameos by Marvel legend Stan Lee were all the same character. This was borne out by the end credits scene of Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2, where Lee plays the omnipresent Watcher. Lee’s character references playing a FedEx man, as he did in Captain America: Civil War. Only thing is, Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 took place in 2014, and Civil War took place in 2016. Oops. 

“I screwed up; I wasn’t thinking, But I’m going to say that probably Stan Lee used the guise of a FedEx guy more than one time,” Guardians director James Gunn said. 

‘Mistakes’ that aren’t necessarily mistakes

Gunn’s gaffe points to an old Marvel tradition – the No-Prize. A No-Prize was something Marvel Comics gave to readers when readers pointed out a mistake, and then concocted a reason it wasn’t really a mistake. 

For instance, in an issue of Spider-Man, he could be seen swinging above the Empire State Building. That’s not possible, because there are no buildings taller than the Empire State in the immediate vicinity. So Marvel said that Spidey must have attached his web to a plane that passed overhead. 

Another example, as listed in Wikipedia: “Wonder Man’s glasses are knocked off, but in following panels on the next page, he has them on. He didn’t have enough time to get them after they fell off, and Hawkeye’s explosive arrow probably would have destroyed them when it detonated on the Hulk. Never fear, though. I have the solution — while flying down to help Hawkeye, Wonder Man pulled out an extra pair he carries in case of just such emergencies.”

Fans have fun debates over mistakes

Although fan culture too often tends to be toxic, there are a few Reddit threads out there that show how fans aren’t deadly serious about every little thing. One such thread had to do with Ant-Man’s taco shell not breaking when War Machine lands near him in Endgame

Everyone knows that taco shells are delicate things that make a terrible mess when they splinter apart at the slightest use of force.  

No-Prizes started flying around the Reddit thread, with a creative one by the author: “The ONLY possibility that I can see here is that this is a shrunken taco. That he made a 10 foot taco with enough filling to feed a small village them shrunk it down thus making the shell that much denser to survive the jet stream. But if this were the case, then how did he expect to eat the taco?”

Another user suggested the taco shells were made of Vibranium, the wonder element that powers Wakanda. Still another fam commented “Movie ruined,” while another said “Literally unplayable.” 

If only debates around The Last Jedi showed that much humor.