7 biggest errors in the Marvel Cinematic Universe

A decade down the line since The Incredible Hulk, the Marvel Cinematic Universe has given us some epic storytelling and – understandably – a few notable mistakes along the way.

Some are plot holes (we’ve gathered them here and here), some have been mix-ups that have emerged as the connections between the MCU films have grown more complicated, while others are right there to see on the screen.

1. The Infinity Gauntlet’s origin

One of the biggest questions we were left with after Avengers: Infinity War (not counting the whole ‘half of life in the universe has vanished’ thing) was when the Infinity Gauntlet was made.

We learn that Thanos forced the dwarves of Nidavellir to make it for him before killing everyone apart from their king, Eitri (Peter Dinklage). But this would have had to happen as far back as Avengers: Age of Ultron, meaning that Eitri was wandering around alone for years without anyone noticing. Can the Asgardians really be that negligent, or did Marvel forget about Age of Ultron‘s odd stinger?

2. Spider-Man’s timeline

Once upon a time, the MCU movies seemed to be set in the year they were released, which made for a straightforward timeline of events. But as the plotting has grown increasingly complicated, some timeline tangles have emerged.

The most blatant is probably the opening to Spider-Man: Homecoming, which claims to be set eight years before the main story. As it involves Adrian Toomes (Michael Keaton’s villainous Vulture) helping with the clean-up after the Battle of New York in Avengers – which we had assumed was set in the year it came out, 2012 – either Homecoming was set in the year 2020 at the earliest, or Joss Whedon’s team-up movie occurred earlier than we realised.

Infinity War co-director Joe Russo has even admitted that the time jump was “a very incorrect eight years”.

3. The Avengers break for lunch

Avengers ends with a cute post-credits scene – a callback joke which involves the new team sitting down for some delicious shawarma.

But Thor’s presence at the dinner table is a problem. Either he convinced Odin to expend a load more power so he could nip back from Asgard for food… or he captured his notoriously tricksy brother Loki and then told him to sit tight while he grabbed lunch. Maybe he locked him in a cupboard or something.

4. Gamora’s origin

“He’s not my father,” Gamora says in Guardians of the Galaxy. “When Thanos took my home world, he killed my parents in front of me. He tortured me, turned me into a weapon.”

And later Nova Corpsman Rhomann Dey (John C Reilly) mentions that Gamora is the “last surviving member of her species”, the Zehoberei.

But this doesn’t line up with what we learn about her in Infinity War. In a flashback, we see that Thanos takes her from her mother (no father in sight), but then distracts her as his minions slaughter half the Zehoberei, as is the warlord’s MO.

If the rest of her people do end up extinct at a later date, that was either bad luck or extreme carelessness.

5. Capitol offence

In Iron Man 2, Tony Stark is called to testify before the United States Senate Armed Services Committee. Later, he watches his testimony back on the YouTube channel for C-SPAN (the Cable-Satellite Public Affairs Network, which covers the political goings-on in Washington DC).

The video is titled ‘Stark Industries CEO Tony Stark on Capital Hill’. C-SPAN really should know that the correct spelling is ‘Capitol Hill’, as that is where its headquarters is based.

6. Iron Man’s glitching arc reactor

Throughout the earlier MCU movies, Iron Man has a shiny arc reactor in his chest to prevent shrapnel from entering his heart and killing him. You can see it glowing through his civilian clothes.

Except when you can’t. For some reason, in the scene in which Tony confronts Loki in Stark Tower, the arc reactor is not visible through his Black Sabbath T-shirt. It’s not a special shirt either, as the blue lights do shine through it in an earlier scene. It doesn’t make much sense, although it does help add to the surprise when Loki’s mind-controlling staff fails to work on Tony.

You don’t want your magical chest reactor to be playing up when it’s the only thing keeping you alive.

7. Bucky’s birthdays

America’s greatest institutions are getting sloppy. First it was C-SPAN not knowing how to spell the name of its own neighbourhood. And in Captain America: The Winter Soldier, the Smithsonian Institution gets in on the action.

Steve Rogers visits an exhibition in the museum dedicated to his life. It includes an entry of James Buchanan Barnes – aka Steve’s BFF Bucky, now the Winter Soldier. It’s a touching memorial to the presumed-dead soldier, with one glaring error.

The text inscribed on a sheet of glass begins, “Born in 1916, Barnes grew up the oldest child of four,” but concludes by listing the dates of his life as 1917-1944. Standards really are slipping…

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