MCU Supervillain Formula
As MCUs have become popular and acclaimed over the last decade, they are not without storytelling flaws and failures. These movies and TV shows have a particularly frustrating wording from the beginning. In every MCU project, having a hero fight the exact opposite seems almost instinctual. Iron Man vs. Iron Monger. Ant-Man vs. yellow jacket. Daredevil vs. Daredevil costumed man. In almost all cases, each of these stories ends without culminating in a flashy, VFX-intensive final battle where the protagonist faces a villain who acts as a twisted reflex in both power and motive. I can’t let you.
That doesn’t mean that this formula doesn’t have its benefits, or that it didn’t bring some great stories. Watch Eric Killmonger steal the Michael B. Jordan scene at Black Panther 2018. And in the rare cases where the MCU promises to develop a hero archiver in the process of Loki in some films, La Tom Hiddleston, the results are satisfactory. But too often, the MCUs focus on one-off villains and struggle to end all new movies in an epic battle between a hero and his twisted opponent.
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