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Narm / Marvel Cinematic Universe

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    Phase 1 

The Incredible Hulk

  • One unfortunately edited scene suffered from this. There's a touching and heartfelt scene of Bruce and Betty trying to sleep in separate beds across the hall, each clearly thinking about the other. And then there's a shot of a topless, tattooed Tim Roth angrily opening a door. This was a different scene happening elsewhere, but...
  • There's also the whole "flash drive of love" subplot, in which Bruce and Betty treat the flash drive as if it were an engagement ring or something.

Iron Man 2

  • When Vanko's father dies, the scene is genuinely tragic until he does that weird shouting thing...


  • Someone here is channeling some Hannibal Lecter condescension for a line. "BUT YER NOT!"
  • (starting in dead monotone) "... you've opened these peaceful realms and innocent lives to the horror and desolation of WAAAAAAAR!!!"
  • Somehow, Loki manages to out-Narm both his father and brother (no easy feat), with such memorable moments as "TELLLLLLLLL MEEEEEEEEEEEEE!!!!!!"
  • Thor has his moments too. "YOU ARE AN OLD MAN AND A FOOL!"
  • When Odin comes to Jotunheim:
    Odin: [whispers] Silence!
  • And if you needed more evidence that Odin is a fountain of Narm in this movie:
    Loki: Father—
    • Chalk that one up to Hopkins himself, he improvised it on the spot; watch Loki's reaction - Tom Hiddleston had no idea it was coming.
  • The Odinsleep. Mythological precedent or not, the idea that Odin's self-induced coma is named after him is pretty funny. Will he need to fetch his Odinslippers and take a nice, long Odinpee once he awakens? Rifftrax ran with this one.
  • Natalie Portman's incredibly underwhelmed, "Oh. My. God." when Thor is able to summon Mjolnir and conjure a gigantic lightningstorm.

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."

The Avengers (2012)

  • This brief exchange:
    Loki: Kneel.
    Captain America: Not today!


    Phase 2 

Iron Man 3

  • Some fans felt Guy Pearce's make-up and performances as a geeky Aldritch Killian in the flashback at the beginning of the movie was way too over-the-top to be taken seriously. Then there is the fact he essentially went full-fledged Diabolical Mastermind and tried to get revenge for Tony skipping a meeting with him once - which didn't even ruin his life in the end, since he still ended up rich anyway.

Thor: The Dark World

  • The big, ominous Sequel Hook of Loki impersonating Odin becomes this in Ragnarok, wherein we learn his master plan was to... chill out, eat grapes, and force everyone to watch hilariously awful plays about himself. Oh, and rather than killing Odin, he left him in a retirement home on Earth.note 

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 helps a bit 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.
  • The Deleted Scene of Gamora and Nebula, seen here is made a lot less intense by the squeaking of their (obviously leather) costumes (as it was an unfinished scene) and the fact that several shots involve their faces getting a little ''too'' close to each other. The scene is titled "Sisterly Love".
  • The villain's name is Ronan, which is a painfully average name in certain places.

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.
  • Thor immersing himself in a pool of visions, which just looks like another attempt to show Chris Hemsworth topless.
  • 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.
  • Tony's nightmare starts out terrifying but the effect is somewhat ruined by Captain America's dialogue and delivery. And among the dead Avengers, Hawkeye's pose looks more like he's fallen asleep while sitting up.
  • To some viewers, the accent used by Elizabeth Olsen for Scarlet Witch made the character incredibly hard to take seriously. Several have mentioned that the characters' Mind Rape scenes mainly consisting of silent Jump Scares and Nightmare Fuel were vastly superior to any time she started to speak. The accent was noticeably toned down in Captain America: Civil War in response to these complaints.


  • Hope's implicit outrage at Cross for using a lamb for animal experimentation instead of lab mice. Because risking the life of one species of animal for science is perfectly fine, but another species is eeeeeevil. And the close-up of the lamb's silly facial expression is just hilarious.
  • The European Spanish voice actress for Cassie Lang. As she was a child as well, her acting chops in the dub ended up being inconsistent to say the least.

    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 trailer 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.
  • For some, Tony's "You just started a war!" comes across as a lame way of alluding to the movie's title. Thankfully, it's only in the trailer and not the actual film.
  • Bucky shambles up the stairs after incapacitating several heroes in a rather comical fashion similar to a gorilla.
  • 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 subtitles in the beginning are rather... unfortunately placed. Specifically, smack dab on Bucky's crotch. Even funnier if it's in Spanish, as at one point it's covered with the word "Homo".
  • 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.
  • The visuals during Strange's initial trip through the multiverse alternate between wondrous, horrifying... and resembling popular Internet memes.

Thor: Ragnarok

  • Hela's Beta Outfit, which many have mocked for looking like a stereotypical goth. Doubles as Narm Charm, as many other fans don't seem to mind her look. And conversely, the absurdly elaborate headgear that Hela otherwise wears is a bit hard to take seriously.
  • 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 promotional material.
  • Thor's visions of Odin after his death may become a lot harder to take seriously when he's dressed as a rather ordinary old man. It also doesn't help the camera starts at a distance and then zooms in really quickly everytime.
  • The otherwise cool duel between Thor and Hela has a Fight Scene Failure moment when she blinds him. After she slices his eye, the wound is immediately covered in brown caked blood, as if it coagulated instantly.

Black Panther (2018)

  • At one point in the final battle, T'Challa and Killmonger are separated by a train speeding past between them and take advantage of the lull to argue their respective philosophies. The speeches themselves are fine, but in order to give both sides enough time, the train just keeps going... and going... and going... and going...
  • From a native speaker's standpoint, Nakia's Korean isn't great. Despite her character supposedly knowing the language, it's clear the actress doesn't as her accent sounds too tonal. However, what's really Narmy is that Sophia, the native Korean character, speaks much worse Korean than Nakia's, if that were possible. It's so bad that some theatrical versions in Korea had to re-dub Sophia's lines entirely, just because the audience could not understand them without looking at the subtitles.
  • The heavy accent used by Forest Whitaker as Zuri has been mocked by many fans for sounding hoarse and garbled. It doesn't help that he was coming off a performance in Rogue One that was heavily mocked for the exact same reason.
  • In the council meetings in Wakanda, the dramatic tension during the heated debates is always ruined by the presence of a council member with a huge lip-plate in his mouth. This isn't played for laughs, no-one remarks on it and the dramatic music continues playing in the background whenever he's onscreen.

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.
    • This can be justified as it’s as practical as squeezing a single finger to fire a gun. Thanos chose to snap his fingers as a show of power over everyone else, including the Aesir who literally just embedded a giant axe in his chest. As a result the Avengers, who know far, far less about the nature of the stones, likely believed that snapping your fingers is the only way to use all six stones at once, and who could blame them?
  • Thanos is a sociopathic walking tank who has spent centuries traveling from planet to planet and slaughtering half of the population of each planet because he’s a Well-Intentioned Extremist, who now has the power to alter reality almost literally at his fingertips. When he disarms Star Lord and Gamora, he does so by turning their weapons into… bubbles.

Avengers: Endgame

  • The mood of the trailer is incredibly somber, but the music is over the top action movie fare, not even with the familiar Avengers theme. The dissonance is unintentionally hilarious.
  • 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.
  • A Deleted Scene showed that when Tony died, every other character solemnly dropped to one knee. This instead comes off as a bit overwrought considering not only would this scene have been set right before said character's funeral, but Natasha also had a noble sacrifice and didn't get anywhere near this level of on-screen recognition. No wonder the scene was cut.


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