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Narm / Marvel Cinematic Universe

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    Phase 1 

Captain America: The First Avenger

  • The Hydra salute may make it very hard for some viewers to take them seriously. The silliness of the salute got lampshaded big-time in Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. when it was said to make a lackey "look like a West Texas cheerleader at a pep rally."
  • Any of the fight scenes involving Hydra's Disintegrator Rays are unintentionally silly. Not only do they shoot Slow Lasers, anyone they hit instantly turns into a puff of blue smoke. Watching soldiers running forward while occasionally some of them go poof is just surreal. It's also rather obviously a way for the film to show WWII battles with causalities and still have Bloodless Carnage.


    Phase 2 

Captain America: The Winter Soldier

  • During the fight with Batroc, Cap dramatically removing his mask looks somewhat comedic thanks to the helmet hair.
  • After an entire movie of proving HYDRA has evolved from Those Wacky Nazis into a realistically terrifying sleeper cell inside S.H.I.E.L.D., The Stinger reveals Thomas Kretschmann hamming it up as Baron von Strucker. His passing resemblance to Colonel Klink makes the dissonance greater.
  • During the climatic battle, Captain America tries to get the Winter Soldier to remember his life as Bucky. The Winter Soldier yells "Shut up!" as if he were a whiny teenager.
  • The Winter Soldier's Theme is a relatively intimidating piece of music... until a kazoo becomes the primary instrument.

Guardians of the Galaxy

  • "Your politics bore me", a line coming from Thanos, comes across as unintentionally hammy and almost straight out of something you would hear in a Golden Age comic book. Though it's mitigated by the fact that this mirrors the reaction of a lot of the audience towards Ronan. He also refers to Ronan as having the demeanor of "a pouting child", something that would be outright silly if Ronan wasn't indeed pouting like a sullen little boy upon his departure.

Avengers: Age of Ultron

  • Wanda tearing a random gadget out of Ultron's chest that looks just like a heart. With the revelation that this machine has such a vital component stored in the place that an enemy is most likely to attack, it just looks way too melodramatic. Olsen's melodramatic delivery of already cheesy dialogue combined with a shot of gratuitous cleavage make it hard to take her vengeance seriously.
  • While the delivery somewhat saves it, Thanos' line when he claims the Infinity Gauntlet in The Stinger — "Fine, I'll do it myself!" — sounds more like something a petulant teenager would say than an ominous declaration by the Big Bad of the MCU.

    Phase 3 

Captain America: Civil War

  • The shot of Team Cap doing a Tom Cruise-styled run together earned its share of laughs for being unintentionally silly looking. The fact that it ended up being the thumbnail of the first official trailer hurt matters.
  • The shot of everyone running at each other in the airport battle is pretty awesome, but a few points definitely aren't. Scarlet Witch uses her powers to blast herself upwards, but they're gone in the next shot and she looks like she's awkwardly flailing through the air and regretting her decision. Meanwhile, The Vision is just drifting along in a casual airborne pose like he's a balloon on a string. Some people also found the fact that the small number of people fighting (the area looks practically empty) makes it more silly-looking than awesome.
  • Black Widow going against Team Iron Man and helping Steve and Bucky escaping to the Quinjet by shocking Black Panther is less impressive when the film shows the process is essentially her shocking him as he stumbles for a few seconds before shrugging it off, takes a few steps forward, she shocks him, he stumbles then shrugs it off, lather, rinse, repeat.
  • The scene in the hospital in which an upset Tony questions Vision about the Rhodey misfire is meant to be moving and desolating, but it gets a bit ruined when a close-up on Vision's back accidentally highlights his cape's stamped curtain-like pattern.
  • The Russos recalled that while watching the film in a theater, they found the audience laughing at multiple moments that weren't intended to be funny (though this is less the fault of the film than it is the audience being conditioned to Whedon-style comedy beats from the Avengers films). In particular, they noted that Tony one-shotting Sam offhandedly after Rhodey's crash drew a round of laughter from the audience, despite it being a very dark scene for all intents and purposes.
  • The giant title cards are incredibly jarring and rather than set a dramatic scene, come across as a bit funny.

Doctor Strange (2016)

  • Stephen's car accident starts off properly visceral and terrifying... but some moviegoers found that it went on for so long and that the car seems to fall from such an absurd height that it crossed over from scary to unintentionally hilarious in a Black Comedy sort of way.

Thor: Ragnarok

  • The words "Asgard is not a place, it's a people" are intended to be Arc Words taken seriously, but the words are only said for the first time during Thor's vision while fighting Hela in the final battle, and then stated once every few minutes afterward until the end of the movie, making them seem much more silly and much less profound than they were intended to be.
  • The whole lead up to the Hulk reveal is played straight as a surprising revelation, but since the reveal of the Hulk was shown outright in the trailers it can get gratuitously funny to those who paid attention to the most basic promotional material. If anything, audiences were looking forward to the scene since it became one of the movie’s biggest selling points.
  • Thor's visions of Odin after his death may become a lot harder to take seriously when he's dressed in street clothes rather than Asgardian garb. It also doesn't help the camera starts at a distance and then zooms in really quickly everytime.

Avengers: Infinity War

  • While Zoe Saldana does a good job overall, she has two dramatic scenes where she makes Gamora look too Wangsty. The scene where Gamora thinks she killed Thanos and grieves maybe too hard over the act, and the scene where Gamora predictably throws the meal Thanos offers her and starts ranting about how much she hates him.
  • Thanos using the Reality Stone to unravel Mantis into a living fleshy ribbon is suitably disturbing, but it clashes with Mantis going "BOING!" and springing into the air like a jack-in-the-box.
  • Early on, Gamora says that if Thanos gets all the stones, he can rewrite reality like that, snapping her fingers to illustrate the point. For the rest of the series, every time someone uses all the stones, they literally snap their fingers in so doing. While the first instance has a certain Narm Charm quality to it, showcasing he's exactly as powerful as Gamora says, it gets kind of silly to see it repeat.

Avengers: Endgame

  • With the trailer again, the phrase "Whatever it takes" is not the most inspiring thing, but it's decent enough for the scenario. However, saying it about a dozen times feels a lot more like a Running Gag, or a video game character who only has one phrase.

    Phase 4 


  • The scene where Wanda brings Westview Vision to life is meant to be dramatic, but some found it hard to take it seriously because of the exaggerated way she bends her body backwards while she's doing it.
  • A woman saying "if you won't let us go, then let us die," after having been under the spell for a week came across as extremely melodramatic to some audience members.

The Falcon and the Winter Soldier

  • While the scene where Walker kills a Flag-Smasher in cold blood in front of a crowd is appropriately nightmarish, the effect is somewhat undercut by this shot. The pose and Walker's wide-open mouth make it look less like he's overcome with vengeful rage and more like he has just encountered a large spider.

What If?

  • Many viewers said the universe's determination to kill Christine Palmer just got amusing after a while, especially when Stephen actually does manage to get her safely to the ceremony, only for her to randomly just die for no reason while they're dancing.


  • After Tiamut is killed, Ikaris decides to commit suicide by flying at super-speed directly into the sun. It's insanely over-the-top and comes straight out of nowhere. It's trying to be an Icarus Allusion, but it lacks any symbolism, making it more of a name-based pun than anything. Not to mention, any subtlety it could've had is lost since the movie explicitly brought up the mythological Icarus earlier, which is explained as a story Sprite made up.