10 MCU One-Liners That Just Didn’t Land, According To Reddit


Hugh Jackman is confirmed to return as Wolverine for 2024’s Deadpool 3. Time will tell how any of that will work, from Wolverine’s survival after being impaled (among other things) in James Mangold’s Logan to Wade Wilson operating in the MCU with his smart mouth. The film is confirmed to hold an R rating, but there will still have to be a toning down from Tim Miller’s first film and David Leitch’s second.

Shawn Levy, the director of the superb fellow Ryan Reynolds film Free Guy, is slated to helm the third. And, while there may be some initial awkwardness putting the (still) very R-rated character in the overall goofy MCU, it still won’t contain the Universe’s worst one-liner. At least, as far as Redditors are concerned.


10/10 Hide The Zucchini

Joss Whedon knocked it out of the park with 2012’s The Avengers, but there’s a host of reasons his follow-up, Avengers: Age of Ultron, doesn’t work as well. One of the main culprits is Whedon’s sense of humor, which he ups to 11 for Ultron until just about every potentially tender moment is bashed over the head with a sex joke. But at least the film has the best ending of MCU Phase Two.

A now-deleted user brought up one moment from Avengers: Age of Ultron that was awkward at the time of the film’s release and has only gotten worse: “‘Hide the zucchini’ and Bruce falling into Natasha’s chest….” It was a “funny” moment writer/director Joss Whedon repeated in his atrocious additions to Justice League, and it was just as awkward, forced, and unfunny there.

9/10 Scooby-Doo This S***

For the most part, Spider-Man: No Way Home is one of the MCU’s best installments. At the very least, it’s one of the biggest successes and has Phase Four’s best conclusion. However, it still has a line from Doctor Strange (heavily advertised in all the film’s trailers) where he tells Peter, MJ, and Ned to “Scooby-Doo this s***” (“crap” in the trailer).

Redditor devilsig25 quoted the line, and GFost came in with, “So glad someone else mentioned the Scooby-Doo line! I loved No Way Home, but I didn’t like the way Dr. Strange was portrayed in it. He seemed way too casual and comedic.” It should be noted that there’s yet another slight shift in his character between No Way Home and Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness, but that one could be attributed to the love of his life’s upcoming nuptials.

8/10 What’s The Word? Oh! Children!

James Spader is undoubtedly terrific as Ultron, and the character should have worked far better than he/it did. Unfortunately, Spader is saddled with some dialogue that oscillates between trying to sound like he’s a big bad compared to the stakes provided by the original film’s big bad, Loki. But, in the end, the original film feels like it has more gravitas, and Ultron himself ends up sounding like a goofball.

Redditor thetiredraven quoted the film’s villain directly, writing,”‘What’s the word? Oh! Children!”‘ They then added the gap in logic that line creates: [This comes] “from an AI with access to all digital information imaginable.” It’s one of the MCU’s most cringe-worthy quotes, and negatively affects the scene’s impact.

7/10 Multiplying Faster Than A Catholic Rabbit

When Samuel L. Jackson makes his appearance in Avengers: Age of Ultron, it’s mostly to provide dialogue about how grim the current situation’s become. The way he describes the robotic Ultron’s self-multiplication process, however, is awkward: “The guy is multiplying faster than a Catholic rabbit.” For some, it’s one of the funniest quotes from MCU Phase Two. For others, not so much.

CallieReA quoted Fury’s line and wrote, “Whedon somehow stripped Sammy L Jaskson of his coolness. Only for a second but that’s still impressively bad.” Admittedly, it’s not the worst line in Age of Ultron, but it still feels a little out of character coming from the mouth of Samuel L. Jackson’s Fury.

6/10 You Guys Are So Screwed Now!

One of the best superhero entrances in the MCU is swiftly ruined by Mark Ruffalo’s Bruce Banner, decked out in Hulkbuster attire. Thor enters the battlefield, the music is thundering, and his new weapon, Stormbreaker, gets thrown through screaming alien dog after screaming alien dog. Then Bruce Banner over-enthusiastically declares that Thanos and his minions are “so screwed now!” The music already hyped up the moment, as did the impressive imagery of the flying Stormbreaker, so there is too much of a good thing.

Redditor yourdadsjeanshorts brought up Ruffalo’s mood-killing line of dialogue: “You guys are so screwed now!” MarcoGeovanni added to the Redditor’s viewpoint with what can probably be accepted as a widely-held belief by Infinity War fans: “It really took away from the moment a bit.”

5/10 Rhodey’s Cheez Whiz Joke

​​​​​Professional-Plum218 brought up Rhodey’s Cheez Whiz joke (at a struggling, temporarily heavyset Thor’s expense) in Avengers: Endgame. In their words: “Cheese whiz, I know Marvel is known for taking away from emotional scenes with a dumb joke, but this was next level bad.” It’s not just bad and dumb, it’s the MCU’s most offensive joke to date and lacks necessity in a film that’s mostly superb.

Vanillathebest replied “I haaaaaaaate this one so much, especially because in that scene, you see Thor being in emotional distress, reacting in a traumatic way (meaning, he’s blaming himself and wants to fix his mistake).” The pseudo-joke is really nothing more than Rhodey being mean, which is something the writers have him do fairly often.

4/10 What Are Those?!

In Black Panther, when King T’Challa is shown some new James Bondian gadgets by his sister, Shuri, she makes a joke about a part of his wardrobe. Specifically, she looks to his shoes, holds her arms out, and yells, “What are THOSE?!” The viewer would be forgiven even in 2018 for not knowing it came from a 2015 viral video.

Dandanor brought up Shuri’s line, delivered with a dropped jaw: “‘What are thooose?!’ Terrible.” A now-deleted user replied with, “Even T’chala looked bothered.” It’s a dated joke about a dated video, but in time (with the video’s increased irrelevance), it will just be a line of dialogue seemingly delivered in an odd way.

3/10 Everyone In This Room Is About That Superhero Life

Avengers: Endgame was a sequel shot back-to-back with its predecessor. But, regardless of which chapter Rhodey’s “Hey new girl, everybody in this room is about that superhero life” line came in, it would be woefully unnecessary and out of left field.

Its_Dannyz brought up the line and mirrored what many other Redditors believe: Don Cheadle is a wonderful actor, but his character is saddled with many of the MCU’s cringiest lines. In their words, “‘Everyone in this room is about that superhero life'” is “just cringy, but I don’t expect anything less from Rhodey or the writers to write something as stupid….”

2/10 That’s America’s Ass

A now-deleted user started a thread to discuss the MCU’s worst jokes or one-liners. To kick it off, they brought up how most of the jokes in Avengers: Endgame didn’t quite work for them. “Especially the ones involving Cap, Tony and Scott. ‘America’s ass’ made me really cringe in the cinema.”

Avengers: Endgame is the highest-grossing MCU installment to date and will probably remain as such for quite some time. That is, if it’s ever surpassed. But there are some moments that push the boundaries of tolerable silly.

1/10 Taserface

Taserface is both a character and a self-proclaimed nickname. It, like the man, is also something that generates snickers whenever his back is turned. When Rocket Raccoon laughs at it in the open, Taserface’s peers are quick to break away from their stern faces. But then the joke is used again and again, whereas it worked just “fine” the first time in more ways than one.

Ozymandias12 wrote, “I thought ‘Taserface’ was really dumb,” to which Portablelephant later responded with succinct and accurate analysis: “What kills it right out of the gate is Rocket forcibly laughing…I get it’s his attempt to create a distraction but it’s SO HARD right from go that it never recovers.” 15chainz agreed, saying, “The movie stopped dead in its tracks multiple times to make the same…joke.”

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