5. Black Panther: Wakanda Forever (2022)
Black Panther: Wakanda Forever certainly stirred up a storm, but not exactly the kind of storm Marvel was hoping for in its cinematic universe. Imagine the disappointment when fans sat down to watch what they hoped would be another exhilarating ride through Wakanda, but what they got instead felt like a leisurely carousel ride. Not exactly the adrenaline-pumping experience we were craving.
Also, a runtime of almost 3 hours was definitely not needed for this movie. The pacing was like a snail race. You know, the kind where you're waiting for something exciting to happen, but it just... doesn't. The plot seemed to meander here and there, trying to find its footing to no avail. It was pretty different from the usual action-packed Marvel extravaganza, especially when looking at its predecessor Black Panther.
Fans were left checking their watches, wondering when the "real" movie would start. And let's not forget the villain - or should I say, the lack of a memorable one. The bad guy, King Namor, was just not intimidating or charismatic enough for us to truly care about him and his backstory. Without a formidable foe to root against, the whole "hero vs villain" showdown felt more like a polite disagreement than an epic battle.
Speaking of the hero, the movie understandably suffers from the tragic loss of Chadwick Boseman, the gorgeous and talented man behind the Black Panther mask. After Boseman's unfortunate passing after a 4-year-long battle with colon cancer, fans were unsure about how Marvel Studios would proceed with the character. While having his sister Shuri become the next Black Panther seemed pretty good on paper - literally, as it does happen in the comics - it felt a little... rushed. Of course, under these circumstances, the writers did what they could, choosing to change the original story into the finished product became, but it just didn't come together as seamlessly as fans had hoped.
In the end and with all things considered, Wakanda Forever felt like a missed opportunity. It had the ingredients for a Marvel masterpiece but ended up more like a superhero sandwich without the filling.
TL;DR - Wakanda Forever was like expecting a fireworks display but getting a sparkler instead. Sure, sparklers can grab your attention, but they don't make you go 'Wow!' And in the world of Marvel movies, 'Wow!' is the name of the game.