There is nothing else in the Hollywood landscape quite like the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Other studios have tried to replicate the shared universe first perfected by Marvel Studios, but these results have varied from a mixed bag at best, to an utter disaster at worst.
The MCU isn’t perfect, mind, and a lot of its problems, at least in terms of storytelling, can come from trying to connect one too many jigsaw pieces to the bigger puzzle. Every MCU movie can’t just focus on itself, it has the overall franchise’s past to be mindful of, and its future to help set up.
This requires a perfect balance that would be simply impossible to maintain 100% of the time. There have been instances where certain scenes have dropped the ball, and served little more purpose than confusing its audience rather than furthering any kind of narrative.
This could be as big as plot holes that affect an entire movie, or something as small as trying to retcon an Easter egg from years before. There are plenty of times the MCU has left fans scratching their heads as to what they have just seen, even still years later.
10. Gamora Is Chosen - What If...?
Like WandaVision, What If…? is the only other Disney+ series from the MCU to date to feature nine episodes. The first eight each introduced a new universe, and a new particular character, with the season finale bringing them all together to fight Ultron.
The ninth episode opened with a montage of The Watcher choosing the likes of Captain Carter, Star-Lord, and Thor, but he also chose a character not yet seen in the series. Gamora, survivor of Sakaar, and destroyer of Thanos, along with a Tony Stark Variant in painted Hulkbuster armour on Nidavellir, was also brought into the team.
She was the only one of the Guardians of the Multiverse who hadn’t had an entire episode dedicated to her universe and her story, and so when she was introduced alongside Tony in ridiculously different circumstances, there was clearly an explanation needed, but none given. In fairness, this was through no fault of Marvel.
The worldwide pandemic affected the MCU just like everyone else on the planet, and time constraints forced an episode to be dropped from the season one slate. Gamora and Tony’s story was supposed to be told before the season finale, but instead they seemingly came out of nowhere to the confusion of many fans watching.