6 Marvel Cinematic Universe Characters In Desperate Need Of A "Creative Overhaul"

6 Marvel Cinematic Universe Characters In Desperate Need Of A "Creative Overhaul"

As we head deeper into the Multiverse Saga, it's clear that some MCU characters desperately need a creative overhaul if they're to find continued - or renewed - success. Check them out after the jump...

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By JoshWilding - Jun 24, 2024 12:06 PM EST
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In the wake of increasingly negative reviews and lower-than-expected box office hauls, Marvel Studios has gone back to the drawing board with several projects. The idea? To start delivering quality over quantity again. 

Daredevil: Born Again has already been creatively overhauled but it's time for Marvel Studios to reevaluate its approach to specific characters as qwell. They've done it before - the God of Thunder in Thor: Ragnarok for example - and the heroes listed here are all in desperate need of the same treatment.

From MCU veterans to newer additions to this shared world and characters who have simply been taken in the wrong direction, this lot would benefit greatly from a soft reboot. In some instances, a compete fresh start may even be needed!

Find out who we've singled out by clicking on the "Next"/"View List" buttons below.

6. Captain Marvel


There are many reasons why The Marvels performed so dismally at the box office last November. However, it's clear now that in order to keep Carol Danvers a key part of the MCU, it's time to go back to the drawing board with the character. 

Captain Marvel's Avengers: Infinity War and Avengers: Endgame scenes were shot before her 2019 solo movie, meaning the project didn't have the required freedom to do anything particularly unique with her. Sharing the spotlight with Photon and Ms. Marvel meant Carol remained a little one-note in the sequel, so it's time for an overhaul. 

Similar to when Ms. Marvel became Captain Marvel on the page, it's time to allow Brie Larson to inject Carol with more personality (and power), establishing her as the MCU's most powerful superHERo, in the process. The next Avengers movies will be a good start. 

5. Thor


Thor served as a solid introduction for the MCU's God of Thunder. The Dark World wasn't the Game of Thrones-inspired effort we were promised, but was still an okay effort; however, Thor: Ragnarok served as the overhaul the character so desperately needed. 

Infinity War and Endgame continued that, only for Thor: Love and Thunder to feel like a massive step back with a goofy take on the hero which saw filmmaker Taika Waititi given too much creative freedom (even Chris Hemsworth has acknowledged what a misfire the movie was).

Moving forward, it's time for Thor to get serious and shed his comedic personality. While we're not suggesting he become too dour and serious, the Asgardian need to face a new, far more formidable threat, and perhaps leave Earth behind for a fully Asgard-set adventure. 

4. Nick Fury


Secret Invasion started well, only to quickly go downhill and prove this epic comic book event needed to be more than a small-scale espionage thriller on streaming. 

Samuel L. Jackson was fantastic as Nick Fury, but the show failed to really break any new ground with its portrayal of the former S.H.I.E.L.D. Director. His story arc consisted of coming to terms with the fact he'd failed and misled the Skrulls, with a far too neat outcome which we'd hoped might be expanded on in The Marvels

Instead, Secret Invasion wasn't referenced and Fury was acting the fool. Jackson may only have one or two turns left as this character, so it's imperative he go out on a high; whether it's with a heroic sacrifice or a villainous turn, we're begging Marvel Studios to do something new with him.

3. The Hulk


Thor: Ragnarok didn't do the "Planet Hulk" storyline justice but, on the plus side, it was a blast seeing a new side of the MCU's Jade Giant. Avengers: Infinity War proved a tad unsatisfying, though Avengers: Endgame's Smart Hulk delivered an enjoyable new direction for the hero. 

Alas, it's one that's already outstayed its welcome. Giving The Hulk his intelligence has neutered the Green Goliath and, as was evident from She-Hulk: Attorney at Law, this arc has run its course.

Returning to the Savage Hulk well is one possibility, though Joe Fixit feels infinitely more compelling. Then, there's a Hulk who, while still an uncontrollable monster, has enough intelligence to converse with his fellow Avengers...while hating "Puny Banner," of course. That rumoured World War Hulk project is the place to make this happen. 

2. Ant-Man


Ant-Man and The Wasp: Quantumania was meant to serve as an epic lead-in to what was then called Avengers: The Kang Dynasty. Instead, it was a mess of a movie that dulled interest in Kang the Conqueror by wasting him on a battle with Scott Lang and his family. 

Original plans called for Scott and Hope Van Dyne to be left trapped in the Quantum Realm; instead, they escaped and Ant-Man remains concerned he'd doomed the Multiverse to a truly unstoppable force. That guilt needs to drive him forward and show a new side to the size-changing superhero before we bid farewell to him. 

Cassie Lang hasn't proven to be the natural successor we imagined and Evangeline Lilly has retired from acting. That puts the pressure on Paul Rudd to pick up the slack and prove he can be more than a wise-cracking goof as the MCU braces itself for its biggest challenge yet.

1. Iron Fist


Shortly before the release of Echo earlier this year, Marvel Studios decided to make Marvel Television's Netflix projects "canon" to the wider MCU. Some big changes need to be made to some of those characters, though, with Iron Fist at the top of the list. 

There are already rumblings online about the "Iron Fist" premise being reintroduced in the animated Black Panther spin-off Eyes of Wakanda, while some social media scoopers have said the hero will appear in the Shang-Chi sequel. In terms of an overhaul, we'd ditch Danny Rand (for now, at least, and prioritise Lin Lie. 

Not only does he hail from China, but he's a blank canvas that Marvel Studios can put its own spin on. Then, down the line, we can pick up with Danny (preferably with a new actor) as he either serves as a mentor or Hero for Fire alongside a new Luke Cage.

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Doomsday8888 - 6/24/2024, 12:14 PM
The way they've raped Thor and Hulk, which are A-Listers in the MU...yeah, they should be top 2, man.
ItsNotForMeWahh - 6/24/2024, 12:54 PM
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The1st - 6/24/2024, 1:35 PM
@Doomsday8888 - Yup, Iron fist is an afterthought to me. They may not even go with Rand live action. The promise we got when Branaugh was brought in only to devolve into incessant dumb fun was jarring. Hulk has been "smart" for too long, I feel like it's run it's course, but what they did to Skaar was just fascinating and unnecessary. It would be interesting if they brought Jane back because of Sam, but the live action films seem to wanna hold their ground with character development like bijuu charging a bijuu bomb...which is interesting given that equally fascinating Nat & Banner plot that went nowhere.

I have no problem with Carol. That's the character. If anything Civil War 2 would be easier given how some do feel about her.
YouFlopped - 6/24/2024, 12:16 PM
“The Dark World wasn't the Game of Thrones-inspired effort we were promised“

who promised you that?
ObserverIO - 6/24/2024, 12:19 PM
@YouFlopped - Alan Taylor.
marvel72 - 6/24/2024, 12:45 PM
@ObserverIO - Thor:The Dark World is still better than Thor:Love And Thunder.
CreateNowSlpL8r - 6/24/2024, 12:47 PM
@marvel72 - I agree. I actually like TDW. It was much better than the first.
marvel72 - 6/24/2024, 12:48 PM
@CreateNowSlpL8r - Yeah I enjoyed it more than the first movie.
ObserverIO - 6/24/2024, 1:01 PM
@marvel72 - A hundred times better than Love and Thunder. But I did prefer the original movie just a little bit more. Although that second movie is seriously underrated.
SheepishOne - 6/24/2024, 1:12 PM
@marvel72 - The worst thing about The Dark World is the characterization of Malekith. Malekith is almost like Thor’s Joker in the comics. If he was half as interesting in the movie as is on the page, TDW would be much more fondly remembered.
The1st - 6/24/2024, 1:36 PM
@marvel72 - A little Loki fixes a lot.
Mercwitham0uth - 6/24/2024, 6:19 PM
@SheepishOne - Yeah it's just too bad that all the footage that would have fleshed out Malekith as a character was cut out of the film.

Part of the reason why Christopher Eccelson wasn't happy with the final product.
ObserverIO - 6/24/2024, 12:19 PM
Hank and Jan for Ant Man and Wasp in the reboot.
DarthOmega - 6/24/2024, 12:22 PM
I honestly don't see why they had to retool Thor so much anyway. He wasn't this super serious guy from the beginning. Took a while for Ragnarok to grow on me but it eventually won me over. Other than the weight gain/gamer aspect, I was mostly happy with the Russo's portrayal of Thor. Then Taika had to go and ruin it.
TheFinestSmack - 6/24/2024, 12:34 PM
@DarthOmega - Thank you for being honest about not seeing why they had to retool Thor so much. I also fully agree. He was already perfectly balanced as far as seriousness and humor goes. There was no need to make him a full-on goofball. I remember the initial Ragnarok hype was overwhelmingly positive. And Thor has always been my favorite Marvel hero so i was expecting a lot. And while i liked it at first, I still felt weird about it because they made him too comical. It felt 'off'.
DarthOmega - 6/24/2024, 12:35 PM
@TheFinestSmack - I'm honestly so thankful you're honest about my honestly I can't lie.
TheFinestSmack - 6/24/2024, 12:39 PM
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THEDARKKNIGHT1939 - 6/24/2024, 12:26 PM
Hulk should be #1. That shit's a disgrace. Ragnarok was the perfect blend between dumb Hulk and smart Hulk and they threw it away after one movie. Such a waste.
Apophis71 - 6/24/2024, 12:30 PM
@THEDARKKNIGHT1939 - Also the easiest to fix so in some ways the one least worth worrying about cos he ALWAYS has the potential to loose self control, rage out and Hulk fully take over from Banner again at any instant.
DarthOmega - 6/24/2024, 12:34 PM
@THEDARKKNIGHT1939 - They had him acting like a toddler on Ragnarok. That's one of the things I disliked about him. The most perfect Hulk we got on screen was Avengers. The perfect look, the perfect characterization imo.
THEDARKKNIGHT1939 - 6/24/2024, 1:10 PM
@DarthOmega - I prefer savage Hulk all day every day too, but as for the next step in his characterization, Ragnarok Hulk was the best way to go. He's still a brute but he's able to fully comprehend and communicate in broken sentences. Taika went too far with the comedy as he does, but a more serious take on that version of Hulk could have been perfect. It far beats green Bruce Banner.
DarthOmega - 6/24/2024, 1:16 PM
@THEDARKKNIGHT1939 - I always liked the "Puny God" line from him in the Avengers. It wasn't broken. It showed Bruce was still in there somewhere. Maybe a few lines here and there would be fine, but don't play it as childlike as it was in Ragnarok.
Origame - 6/24/2024, 12:27 PM
Wtf? Why's captain marvel on this list? I thought the whole reason her franchise failed was because of those sexist trolls destroying her image in the public eye.

It's almost as if that was complete bs. So are we to believe this is right, or your past comments about the sexist trolls is correct?
DarthOmega - 6/24/2024, 12:30 PM
@Origame - "it's time to allow Brie Larson to inject Carol with more personality"

If someone had said that the year that film came out they'd be ripped to pieces. I read comments on this very site that said anyone asking a woman to smile... SMILE should be "irradiated" that's literally the kinda language they used.

They claimed asking a woman to smile is demanding they perform for you. Dramatic af, but a widely held view among the drones
Origame - 6/24/2024, 12:37 PM
@DarthOmega - that literally was a complaint at the time. She was a boring plank of wood. And that's why, from day one, no one cared outside of context for endgame (because of course marvel marketed this as super important for endgame).
DravenCorvis - 6/24/2024, 12:41 PM
@Origame - Glad someone called him out on this.

I remember him getting high and mighty on his soap box saying something like we "need to do better"
HermanM - 6/24/2024, 12:42 PM
@Origame - 'twas her nasty foot fungus that killed it:

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marvel72 - 6/24/2024, 12:47 PM
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DarthOmega - 6/24/2024, 12:48 PM
@HermanM - Well, she does have confidence I can say that. Showing those puppies on the Red carpet like that takes guts.
CreateNowSlpL8r - 6/24/2024, 12:49 PM
@Origame - Combination of bad casting and poor writing. CM was the first project under the new Marvel rules I feel like. Its structure is very much like phase 4 and phase 5.
Origame - 6/24/2024, 12:53 PM
@DravenCorvis - thank you kind sir
Origame - 6/24/2024, 12:54 PM
@HermanM - ?si=_hJsdWG4sYq8KxIg
Origame - 6/24/2024, 12:55 PM
@CreateNowSlpL8r - oh definitely. This was the start of the end times. They even wanted her to be the next lead of the mcu.
HermanM - 6/24/2024, 12:57 PM
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TheVisionary25 - 6/24/2024, 12:36 PM
Honestly , I don’t disagree with this atleast to an extent…

I enjoy “Smart Hulk” and it works as a supporting character due to his conflict that’s been there since TIH has been resolved (didn’t like it being offscreen but whatever) and since we haven’t had a solo movie due to rights issues , it makes sense to finish that arc and have him show up now & again.

However if the rumors of them doing a take on World War Hulk is true , I think it would be better Banner is forced to give the reins back to a more of a savage Hulk to deal with the threat but something happens that changes them again I.E “Joe Fixit”.

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AC1 - 6/24/2024, 12:38 PM
Captain Marvel - give her more personality, Brie Larson has a lot of range and has excellent in both dramatic and comedic roles, but for some reason Carol is always really wooden on screen

Thor - back to Ragnarok, find the balance between the comedic aspects of the character and the more serious ones, L&T leaned way too far into comedy, if anything pull back and make him slightly more serious than Ragnarok just not as dour and boring as The Dark World

Nick Fury - make him more of a gritty badass spy rather than the goofy shit we've seen recently like in The Marvels

Hulk - Smart Hulk has been fine but it wouldn't be the permanent status quo, something should happen that causes Hulk to revert to the version we last saw properly in Ragnarok but he should be filled with rage after being trapped for years while Banner was in control, possibly leading to something like WWH as he goes on a rampage

Ant-Man - I think the character's fine as is, maybe a bit more maturity and see his role as a father expand into a bit more of a fatherly mentor role to more of the younger superheroes popping up now and not just Cassie

Iron Fist - don't get rid of Danny, recast if necessary but Danny and Luke Cage should 100% be Heroes for Hire when they return to the MCU, make Danny a little more fun too (similar to Captain Marvel, he was too wooden before) - BUT if they did wanna have a different character have the Iron Fist's Chi powers they could still include Danny as a non-powered vigilante work excellent martial arts skills - kinda like a more light-hearted Daredevil
Izaizaiza - 6/24/2024, 12:42 PM
Hulk and Thor need to be prioritized. Both characters have had moments of greatness in the MCU. They need to lean into "badass" and away from "comedic" with these two
TheVisionary25 - 6/24/2024, 12:43 PM
Scott just needs to step up more , we saw glimpses of how serious he got with his fight with Kang in Quantumania this we just need to see that side of him more which writing & direction can bring out…

Same with Thor or atleast have a more balanced take then just leading into one tone or the other such as IW Thor which might be the best iteration of the character in the MCU.

Also #BringFinnJonesBack!!.

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Dude proved that he wasn’t the issue imo but moreso the writing of the character to an extent and the lacking production management not giving him enough time to train etc.

He was real good in LC S2 (his peak imo) and better in IF S2 aswell as he kept developing and being written better.
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