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  • Adaptation Displacement:
    • The MCU is now better known, and earns more, than the mainstream Marvel comics.
    • Thanks to the MCU's iconic status, only long time comic fans are likely to remember that:
      • The Infinity Stones were originally known as the Infinity Gems.
      • Tony Stark was not always a Deadpan Snarker.
    • After Infinity War, Thanos is more popular a character than Darkseid.
  • And You Thought It Would Fail:
    • Marvel building a cinematic universe without access to Spider-Man, the X-Men, or the Fantastic Four? And choosing Iron Man, of all characters, to launch it?
    • A film based on the Guardians of the Galaxy? And one based on Ant-Man? That's just foolish on the face of it.
  • Arc Fatigue:
    • For the first two Phases, Thanos was an Orcus on His Throne who ended up losing an Infinity Stone (the Mind Stone) thanks to constantly sending his flunkies out to do his heavy lifting. His first cameo was groundbreaking. By the time of Age of Ultron, people were growing tired of his build-up taking so long and there were fan versions of Infinity War online by the time of Civil War. Come 2018 however, and Thanos proved that he was worth the wait.
    • The films are scheduled to continue until 2028 and the Continuity Lock Out keeps getting worse. Even some of the biggest comic fans are honestly getting tired of the MCU.
  • Author's Saving Throw:
    • Yes. There is a real Mandarin. And he'll be the Big Bad in Shang-Chi.
    • Black Panther and Captain Marvel brought more diversity into what some saw as a franchise dominated by white males.
  • Base Breaker:
    • The Mandarin. To be fair, a 100% faithful adaptation would have had its own problems, and while some didn't like it, some thought it was a clever subversion. The general consensus seems to be that, while it was clever, it shouldn't have been done to so iconic a villain. That being said, as noted above, Marvel eventually became aware of this, as they revealed Aldrich Killian to be himself a fake Mandarin, and the real Mandarin will appear in Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings.
    • Most human females seem to become this (for instance, is Pepper Potts a Badass Normal or did she only serve a role in the first Iron Man? Is Wanda a good person who was led astray or a Psychopathic Manchild Karma Houdini?). The standout has to be Darcy Lewis from the Thor films. She's either the funniest character in the MCU or The Scrappy of the whole saga.
  • Continuity Lock Out: Avengers: Age of Ultron is when this trope really starts to show. It only gets worse in Phase Three.
  • Draco in Leather Pants: Loki, oh so much.
  • Ensemble Darkhorse:
    • SHIELD Agent Phil Coulson, aka "SON OF COUL!" So far he's gotten two separate one-shot short films starring him as features on two of the movie DVDs, his own digital comic spotlight issue, and an Earth-616 counterpart. On top of that, even Joss Whedon himself likes the character (and actor) and has given the character a lot to do in The Avengers.
    • Also, Darcy (from Thor) and Hawkeye (who had a cameo in Thor and will be one of the Avengers).
    • And as of The Avengers, the Hulk has become something of a smash hit among viewers.
    • On a meta level, Netflix. Apart from Iron Fist, it's the one corner of the MCU that everyone likes (even Jessica Jones, Colleen Wing and Misty Knight escaped the whole "female heroes are Base Breakers" thing noted above), to the point that many were angered when Netflix was cancelled, and everyone keeps asking for the Netflix characters to show up in the movies.
  • Fan-Preferred Couple: The most popular Thor ships are Thor/Loki and Thor/Sif given how Jane was treated.
  • Fandom Rivalry:
    • With the DC Extended Universe. So much so that James Gunn went online and told the fans to cut it out.
    • The Arrowverse seems to have a rivalry with the Netflix shows, Daredevil and Arrow in particular, and Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. By contrast, those who mainly watch the movies seem to like the Arrowverse and its heroes, Supergirl in particular.
  • Fandom Specific Plot: See here.
  • Fanon Discontinuity:
    • If you want Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. to remain canon, you either have to ignore Season 6 or lie to yourself that the Avengers managed to get the glove off of Thanos.
    • After Civil War nicely broke the base, there are some hardline fans on both sides of the debate who refuse to acknowledge Infinity War/Endgame and the Avengers patching things up so that only their hero can be the one who saves the day.
    • Cap's retirement in Endgame is not popular at all.
  • First Installment Wins:
    • Aside from the Cap sequels and Thor: Ragnarok, the first film is usually regarded as the best of the lot for any hero.
    • To some, Iron Man is still the MCU's best film.
  • Growing the Beard: Unsurprisingly, The Avengers was considered to be this.
  • Iron Woobie: Bruce Banner and Tony Stark.
  • Jerkass Woobie: Loki. He may be a homicidal, Axe Crazy megalomaniac, but it's very hard not to feel some sympathy for him, especially in Thor.
  • Magnificent Bastard: Loki, Big Time.
    • Whiplash is good at it in Iron Man 2 as well.
    • YMMV, but Red Skull might count as well.
  • Memetic Loser: Oh there are several, but Hawkeye is the most notable.
  • Memetic Mutation: Fans apparently think the story in Norse Mythology about Loki shape-shifting into a horse and ending up pregnant is hilarious, and has become an endless source of fanart jokes.
    • Nick Fury = Demoman. Both are badass black men with eyepatches.
    • TONY STARK WAS ABLE TO BUILD THIS IN A CAVE! WITH A BOX OF SCRAPS!
    • Ivan Vanko's "Vhere ees my burd? I vant my burd." from Iron Man 2.
  • Seasonal Rot: Phase Three to some. As the buildup to Infinity War kept increasing, it seemed as though all of the Earth-bound adventures, and their long term consequences, were just being hammered through.
  • Ships That Pass in the Night:
    • Hawkeye/Coulson based off of 90 seconds of interaction. In fairness, it's suggested a few times that Coulson was Hawkeye's handler so they have a working relationship.
    • Maria Hill/Black Widow.
    • Stephen Strange/Tony Stark due to their similar story arcs, personalities, them being "Awesome Facial Hair Bros", and both actors playing Sherlock Holmes. Come Infinity War and the pairing only grew in popularity.
    • Stephen Strange/Everett K. Ross. Wonder why.
    • Peter Parker/Shuri.
  • They Changed It, Now It Sucks: Some people objected to the race changing of Heimdall and Nick Fury. That being said, Nick Fury is lifted from the Ultimate Comics, so the one to blame for the Race Lift is Bryan Hitch and/or Mark Millar, not Marvel Studios.
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