Over the course of the last 10 years and 20 films, there have been some incredible moments in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. From the introduction into the shared universe in 2008’s Iron Man to the post-credit scene in Ant-Man and the Wasp that ties it to Avengers: Infinity War, the folks at Marvel Studios have built a very special brand, but just because everything seems like it’s perfect doesn’t mean it is. There have been some letdowns over the years as well, even though folks don’t really like to talk about them too much.
The second film in the MCU, The Incredible Hulk, is one that doesn’t get brought up too often, and it’s not necessarily because it’s a bad film, per se, it’s really because Edward Norton was replaced with Mark Ruffalo after the actor and Marvel Studios split after his film, citing “creative differences.” What those actually were has been speculated about for the last decade, but it doesn’t really matter at this point. They’ve both moved on.
Another film that’s often pointed to as a down moment for the MCU was Thor: The Dark World. While the second film in the Thor series did introduce the Aether, which ended up being the Reality Stone, it didn’t offer us too much else, but if we had to get that in order to get Thor: Ragnarok, it seems like a fair trade. Chris Hemsworth recently spoke with GQ, and during the interview he copped to the film not being his best:
“The first one [Thor] is good, the second one [The Dark World] is meh. What masculinity was, the classic archetype – it just all starts to feel very familiar. I was so aware that we were right on the edge.”
Luckily for us as fans, and the MCU, in general, is the fact that Hemsworth has become more of his funny self in both Ragnarok and Infinity War. With his contract up after Avengers 4, it’s still uncertain of his long-term future in the MCU, but something tells us that Marvel Studios will want to see this version of Thor continue.