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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7. She Hulk

Let's start by clarifying She Hulk's animations in Disney Plus series She-Hulk: Attorney At Law are actually pretty great. Her facial expressions manage to faithfully capture Tatiana Maslany's outstanding performance and also sell you on the idea that this could be a real character living in the MCU. However, one of the main problems with She Hulk's CGI is the tone of green in her skin. It's too saturated and pops out way more than Bruce Banner's. Besides, her skin also lacks key details such as pores in a lot of shots, giving her an overall unrealistic look.

It's also perplexing how She Hulk's budget is 225 million dollars, five million dollars more than the one used for the first Avengers movie, and the VFX is arguably worse. Granted, the Avengers runtime is shorter compared to all of She Hulk's episodes combined (about an hour and a half shorter, to be precise). That means there are more CGI shots in Jennifer Walters' series than in Earth's Mightiest Heroes' big screen debut. However, She-Hulk had fewer protagonists and was released 10 years later, so by all means it should be at least of the same level of quality as the Avengers, and that's just not the case.

6. Axl's floating head

This scene was mocked so much due to the poor CGI, that Marvel actually re-did it when Thor: Love and Thunder was released on Disney+. Think of it as a patch for a video game whenever developers make a mistake, and even after that patch the scene still looks... a little bit weird if we're being honest.

So far on this ranking, we've talked about suits/scenes that should look good on paper thanks to their amazing design, but end up falling short due to the VFX quality. However, this case is a little bit different. A floating head appearing out of nowhere looking like a golden hologram would always look weird no matter how good the special effects were. But to add insult to injury, it feels like the CGI was also rushed on this particular scene (especially on the theatrical release) and the result is less than stellar. No wonder Marvel tried to fix it at a later point.