Just when it seemed like the MCU could not get any bigger, Phase 3 came along and delivered the cinematic universe’s biggest projects to date. As the massive Infinity Saga came to a close, fans were introduced to some thrilling new characters while also having to say goodbye to some of the characters who helped start the whole journey.
With so many characters to balance in Phase 3, it would have been difficult to fit everyone in there. As a result, some characters were lacking in screen time while others could have been trimmed back a little. Have a look at some of the Phase 3 characters we wish we saw more of and some we didn’t need to see that much.
10 Not Enough: Nick Fury
Nick Fury is a character who helped to kick off the entire MCU, so it’s a shame that the cinematic universe didn’t seem to know what to do with him following Captain America: The Winter Soldier.
Fury was absent from a lot of the big team-up movies like Captain America: Civil War and was only in a post-credit scene for Avengers: Infinity War. While he had a great role in Captain Marvel, it would have been nice to see him as part of the team once again.
9 Too Much: Hawkeye
By Phase 3, the MCU should have just admitted to themselves that Hawkeye wasn’t working as a character. He was mishandled from the beginning and they keep trying to reinvent him yet fall short of ever making him interesting.
When he appeared in Civil War, he felt like a tacked-on inclusion who was only there because everyone else was. After missing out on Infinity War, Hawkeye is given another reinvention in Avengers: Endgame. But despite a powerful opening scene, he goes back to being dull quite quickly.
8 Not Enough: Drax
Drax was one of the biggest surprises in Guardians of the Galaxy. Pro wrestler Dave Bautista not only proved he was a skilled actor, but also a great comedic actor. However, Bautista’s talent for comedy may have been too good as the character quickly became comic relief rather than a complex character.
Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 pushed Drax to the background while the other characters had much more emotional journeys in the film. When Infinity War came along, his quest for revenge against Thanos was pretty much forgotten so more high-profile characters could take the spotlight.
7 Too Much: Baby Groot
Baby Groot is one of the most adorable characters ever put in a movie, so it’s not too hard to see why James Gunn would want to put the character all over Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2. But whereas Gunn seemed to understand a little goes a long way with Adult Groot, he forgot that lesson with Baby Groot.
While there are some hilarious moments with the character, some of the gags involving Baby Groot just go on a bit too long. At times it feels like the movie comes to a halt so that Baby Groot can go off on a silly adventure.
6 Not Enough: Black Widow
Despite having no superpowers and no solo movies, Black Widow managed to become one of the most popular heroes in the MCU. She had popped up regularly in other heroes’ movies but always stood out in ways that Hawkeye never could. But by Phase 3, it was time for a solo movie.
It is true that Black Widow is on the way and will kick off the theatrical side of Phase 4, but it feels like a bit of a missed opportunity now. Her death in Endgame never felt as impactful as it could have and a solo adventure really could have helped to sell that moment.
5 Too Much: War Machine
Some supporting characters in the MCU have immediately clicked, like Wong in Doctor Strange. Others never really seemed to find their footing, like War Machine. Despite Don Cheadle’s charming performance in the role, the movies never seemed to know how to use him right.
In Civil War, he felt like an addition that made sense but didn’t make much of an impact. In Endgame, they finally tried to give him his due as part of the final team but didn’t find anything interesting for him. It would have been better to have someone like T’Challa take his place.
4 Not Enough: Hank Pym
As much as it’s fun to see all these heroes fighting side-by-side, it’s also fun to see smart characters interacting together. Stark and Banner formed the science bros team, but Hank Pym is a key Marvel genius who has been overlooked.
It would have been a lot of fun to see Hank survive “the snap” and work alongside the other heroes as they tried to investigate the Quantum Realm. It could have brought him and Scott closer and it would have been fun to see him butt heads with Stark.
3 Too Much: Spider-Man
It was such a big deal when Disney and Sony were able to reach a deal that would allow Spider-Man to appear in the MCU. Marvel was clearly excited about the idea as the iconic hero was quickly all over Phase 3.
After being introduced in Civil War, Spider-Man appeared in two solo movies and two Avengers movies all over the span of three years. As great as Tom Holland is in the role, that is an awful lot of Spider-Man.
2 Not Enough: Captain Marvel
Following the devastation of Infinity War, fans were given a glimmer of hope with the tease that Captain Marvel would be coming soon. The fact that she was to be played by Oscar-winner Brie Larson only made it more exciting.
Her solo movie teased that she was a powerful hero who could take down Thanos on her own. But her appearance in Endgame ended up being surprisingly small. The character is a contender to lead the MCU going forward and they missed an opportunity to put her front-and-center with the other top heroes.
1 Too Much: Tony Stark
There would be no MCU without Tony Stark and Iron Man. The success of his first solo movie paved the way for everything that followed. Throughout all three phases of the universe, he has been at the center of it all and Robert Downey Jr. continued to give a winning performance whenever he appeared.
By Phase 3, Iron Man‘s solo adventures were done, but that didn’t stop him from popping up all over the place. While he was always a welcome addition and his ending was very powerful, his presence did overshadow some of the other heroes, especially the new ones who were still trying to gain popularity.
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