10 Worst CGI Moments In MCU History

Maybe Bruce Banner should have just kept his helmet on in Infinity War?

Avengers: Infinity War Bruce Banner Hulkbuster Hulk

It is the nature of most action movies, of course including comic book movies, to rely heavily on CGI. These huge blockbusters are trying to capture the magic from the often eccentric and bombastic pages of the source material, and the Marvel Cinematic Universe is no different.

Huge battle sequences, creatures and landscapes, and even main characters themselves are a product of computer graphics, and for the most part, Marvel Studios excels in this department. Doctor Strange was even nominated for an academy award in 2017. However, this is not always the case.

Even in some of the MCU’s most acclaimed movies, and often even in the midst of exceptional CGI work around it, there are moments and scenes that fall way short of what fans have come to expect. Instances that are so bad they draw they eye of the audience and take them out of the moment they are supposed to be experiencing.

This technology may have come a long way since Reed Richards’ dance floor moves in Fantastic Four, but there have been certain times over the last 13 years of Marvel Studios' movies that fans have been forced to question why certain CGI was still this bad.

Be warned, this article contains mild spoilers for Eternals.

10. The Leader (The Incredible Hulk)

Avengers: Infinity War Bruce Banner Hulkbuster Hulk
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Since its inception way back in 2008, the Marvel Cinematic Universe has come a long way in just about every respect. It is bigger, it has more characters than any other franchise in cinema history, and is the one successful shared universe that changed the Hollywood landscape forever.

With this has come drastic leaps forward in CGI technology. It’s unfair to expect the same level of expertise 13 years ago as we do now. However, even taking this into account there was some questionable CGI in The Incredible Hulk.

When the Abomination attacks Dr. Samuel Sterns, Sterns begins a transformation into what would have been a character known as the Leader. His head began to throb and grow in size, and it looks more than a little ridiculous, even in a movie about two Hulks fighting and flattening Harlem. Nothing like the intimidating villain from the comics.

The tease of the Leader is one of the most infamous loose threads that Marvel Studios never picked up on again, and if this was the CGI we would have had to see him with, maybe that’s actually for the best.


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