10 worst CGI moments in the MCU, ranked

Watching your favorite Marvel heroes come to life on the big screen sometimes comes at a cost. Here are the worst CGI moments in the MCU.

Marvel Studios' AVENGERS: ENDGAME..L to R: Hawkeye (Jeremy Renner) and Iron Man (Robert Downey Jr.)..Photo: Film Frame..©Marvel Studios 2019
Marvel Studios' AVENGERS: ENDGAME..L to R: Hawkeye (Jeremy Renner) and Iron Man (Robert Downey Jr.)..Photo: Film Frame..©Marvel Studios 2019 /
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9. Moon Knight car chase scene.

Moon Knight is arguably one of the best MCU series ever made, so it's unfortunate that its CGI wasn't on par with the rest of the series a few times. Most notably, we have to highlight the car chase scene that took place in the first episode.

There's something about this sequence that feels like you were watching a pre-rendered scene on a video game. Especially when the action focuses on the cars crashing into each other. They sometimes feel too "bubbly" or weightless as opposed to how real vehicles would behave on an impact. Besides, there's something in the lightning that alerts your brain to the fact that this whole sequence was made on a computer (which, you know, most of them are but it's better when you aren't able to notice).

Marvel Studios' Avengers: Endgame
Marvel Studios' AVENGERS: ENDGAME..L to R: Hawkeye (Jeremy Renner) and Iron Man (Robert Downey Jr.)..Photo: Film Frame..©Marvel Studios 2019 /

8. Iron Man nanotech suit

While the technology present in Tony Stark's armors rapidly advanced in the MCU with every subsequent project, the special effects needed to bring the hero to life on the big screen seemed to have regressed. Now, don't get me wrong, the design of the suits themselves is breathtaking and a great adaptation of their comic book counterparts. But while the Mark-lll armor in Iron Man 1 was a mixture of CGI with practical effects, Marvel opted to go full-CGI for the nanotech suit in Avengers: Endgame (perhaps to make things easier for themselves in terms of production), and it unfortunately shows.

The problem with Iron Man's nanotech armor is similar to Tom Holland's Spider-Man costume in Homecoming. The armor is too smooth for it to look real. There are no scratches on the metal, nor tonal changes in its paint.

Since a real-life nanotech suit hasn't been created yet in our world, we don't know exactly what it would look like. Perhaps the MCU does have a realistic depiction of it, and we just don't know it yet. But right now, the only reference we have is real metal, which doesn't look this way in the slightest. Maybe that's why it's so easy for our brains to tell the Nanotech suit was made on a computer, as opposed to the Mark-lll armor.