Let's face it: the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) is a complex one, both in terms of its fictional stories and the real-life production of its films and series. As is often the case with major studio franchise entertainment, a lot of arguments, complaints and criticisms happen behind the scenes between or among cast and crew members (or even high-powered executives) vying for a significant role in a movie or show's development.
People disagree on visions for a story or character or fail to deliver on promises regarding pay, proper credit or authority to control a script, just to name a few examples. Often times, the result is not just high tensions but complete separations from the MCU. Here are 20 feuds that happened on Marvel sets.
20 Thor: Ragnarok Writer Stephany Folsom Slammed Marvel For Being Left Out Of The Credits
Before Thor: Ragnarok was even finished, writer Stephany Folsom was furious with Marvel, and for a good reason. When a poster and a trailer for the film were revealed a the 2017 San Diego Comic Con festival, only co-writer Eric Pearson was credited, which prompted Folsom to use Twitter to complain about the situation.
To add insult to injury, the Writers Guild of America also failed to give Folsom credit for the movie, according to The Hollywood Reporter.
19 Mickey Rourke Accused Marvel Of Destroying His Character
Mickey Rourke made it clear as day after Iron Man 2 how much he hated Marvel. The studio reportedly allowed the actor to take some liberties with his character, Whiplash, who he wanted to give more substance to. However, Marvel ultimately made its own decisions in the final cut and it is rumored that the studio completely ignored Rourke's creative suggestions, according to cinemablend.com. Unsurprisingly, Rourke slammed the studio and said he never wanted to work with it again.
18 Chris Evans Hated Getting In And Out Of His Captain America Suit
Chris Evans is known in Hollywood for being a nice and easy going guy, but even Captain America has his limits. According to a report from Variety, Evans nearly quit acting entirely in 2014, when Captain America: The Winter Soldier was released. The actor revealed, among other things, that he hated how much time and trouble it took to get in and out of his star-spangled suit filled with buttons and zippers and how exhausted he was after shooting many scenes.
17 Terrence Howard Blamed Robert Downey Jr. For Not Being Recast As James Rhodes
This is one of the most well-known Marvel feuds. According to many reports, Howard and Downey were friends even before they worked on Iron Man together. However, after the studio decided to cast Don Cheadle for the character of James Rhodes for subsequent films due to budget concerns, Howard was quick to blame not only Marvel but Downey as well. The actor received a huge paycheck for playing Tony Stark, and Howard said he believes Downey pushed him out.
16 Edgar Wright Dropped Out Of Ant-Man Over Creative Differences With Marvel
Edgar Wright had a very unique idea for the first Ant-Man movie, given his previous work on comedies like Hot Fuzz and Shaun of the Dead. However, the British director ultimately dropped out of directing Ant-Man after he and Marvel butted heads over a script and vision for the superhero's first film.
15 Marvel Fired Andrew Garfield For Missing A Spider-Man Event
Ok, so this one technically involves Sony, but it still relates to a character that is part of the MCU. Sony was reportedly so upset that Andrew Garfield didn't show up to a gala dinner where his third Spider-Man movie was scheduled to be announced that they decided to drop the third film. It likely shouldn't come as a surprise, given that the studio was forced to quickly re-write the speech.
14 Joss Whedon Fought Marvel For His Cut Of Avengers: Age Of Ultron
The Avengers (2012) movie at one point was the highest-grossing movie of all time after raking in $623.3 million domestically and $1.518 million at the global box office. You would think director Joss Whedon wouldn't have had to fight hard for his cut of the 2015 sequel Avengers: Age of Ultron, but he did. According to cbr.com, Marvel told Whedon he couldn't only be paid for his cut of the sequel if he included Easter eggs throughout it.
13 Writer Marjorie Lieu Called Out Marvel For Casting Finn Jones (And Not An Asian Actor) For Iron Fist
After Finn Jones was cast as Danny Rand for the Netflix series Iron Fist, Marvel writer Marjorie Lieu sided with many fans who said an Asian actor should have been cast to play the superhero, even though he is described in the original comics as a curly-haired blonde guy. However, Lieu and fans' support for this reverse whitewashing decision ultimately didn't jive with Marvel and Netflix.
12 Ellen Page Accused Brett Ratner Of Harassment During X-Men: The Last Stand
One of the hundreds of stories from Hollywood actresses that were revealed throughout the beginning of the "Me too" era in 2017 was one involving Ellen Page. For those who are unaware, the actress — who was only 18 when she began playing Kitty Pryde in 2006's X-Men: The Last Stand — alleged director Brett Ratner outed her on set by suggesting another woman working on the film sleep with Page to make her "realize she's gay." To make things worse, Page claimed, the cast and crew said nothing after Ratner's crass comment.
11 Jon Favreau Fought Marvel Hard To Cast Robert Downey Jr. As Iron Man
Jon Favreau had long been adamant that Robert Downey Jr. would be perfect to play Iron Man, but Marvel had serious reservations about casting the actor for the role given his long history of substance abuse. However, Favreau insisted to the studio that Downey's struggles with this issue made him a perfect fit for the role of Tony Stark, as the character's backstory revealed he faced similar demons.
10 Edward Norton Tried To Rewrite The Script For The Incredible Hulk
Most people in Hollywood know Edward Norton is a difficult person to work with, and this was evident in his feud with Marvel over the script and story for 2008's The Incredible Hulk. Norton reportedly tried to take great control over the movie, going as far as to rewrite its script every day while shooting continued. Like it did with Mickey Rourke in Iron Man 2, Marvel ultimately scrapped Norton's suggestions in the final edits and the actor became upset. He and director Louis Leterrier were on one side and the studio was on another. If you wouldn't like Bruce Banner when he's angry, imagine Edward Norton.
9 Jason Statham Mocked Marvel For Considering Him For A Role
Jason Statham's attitude toward Marvel may not come as a surprise to fans who know a lot about both the actor and the studio. The action star is known for doing a lot of his own stunts, while Marvel famously uses many stunt doubles, special effects and CGI for its fight scenes. Statham reportedly went as far as to say he believed anyone — including his grandmother — could star in an MCU film. Ouch.
8 Chloe Bennet Rebuked Marvel For Ignoring Agents Of S.H.I.E.L.D.
Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. was a big hit among Marvel fans when it first premiered on ABC in 2013. However, Marvel made clear that the show is completely unrelated to the MCU, and this irked one of the series' cast members: Chloe Bennet.
According to Gizmodo, Bennet once straight up told a fan who asked her a question that she believed Marvel didn't give a hoot about AoS. She blasted the studio for pretending that its movies and TV shows were linked despite denying their connections in reality.
7 Idris Elba Said Reshooting His Scenes In Thor: The Dark World Was "Torture"
In 2013, Idris Elba played civil rights icon Nelson Mandela in Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom, an award-nominated film that received several accolades. After filming this movie, Elba began working on The Dark World as Heimdall and shot a lot scenes against a green screen, a process he called "torture." However, the actor later stated his remarks were blown out of proportion and insisted he enjoyed working with Marvel.
6 Jessica Alba Accused Fantastic Four Director Tim Story Of Being Shallow
Jessica Alba was reportedly so upset by one incident on the set of Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer that she considered quitting acting entirely. According to cbr.com, the actress accused director Tim Story of being superficial (and perhaps slightly sexist) for asking her to appear more "pretty" for a scene in which she had to cry. Story insisted her facial expression was "too real" and said tears could be added thanks to CGI.
5 Sally Field Hated Playing Aunt May Because Of The Lack Of Importance Given To Her Character
Although not many people believe Aunt May is a significant character in the Spider-Man franchise, Sally Field certainly did. According to cinemablend, the actress hated playing the character so much that she likened the writing for her part to "ten pounds of s**t in a five-pound bag." Field then clarified she meant to say that she felt she didn't prepare enough to play Aunt May but stood by her opinion that the character was given little importance.
4 Natalie Portman Slammed Marvel For Not Letting Patty Jenkins Direct Thor
Well before her success with Wonder Woman, Patty Jenkins had a vision for Thor: The Dark World that Natalie Portman really liked. Jenkins wanted the love story between the God of Thunder and Jane Foster to slightly mirror that of Romeo and Juliet. However, Marvel wasn't fond of that idea and ended up hiring director Alan Taylor instead. Too bad Portman couldn't get out of her contract for the second Thor movie to show support for Jenkins.
3 Director Alan Taylor Blasted Marvel For Changing Nearly Everything About Thor: The Dark World In Post-Production
Alan Taylor boasted several impressive credits like Game of Thrones when he signed on to direct Thor: The Dark World. However, the second Thor movie ended up being one of the MCU's worst-reviewed films. However, Taylor was not only upset with this: he was also frustrated with the fact that the studio cut out many of his suggestions in final editing. Thus, he vowed never to make another Marvel movie ever again.
2 Patty Jenkins Dropped Out Of Thor: The Dark World Because She Didn't Like The Script
Patty Jenkins was originally set to direct Thor: The Dark World but was replaced by Alan Taylor. In interviews much after the film was released, Jenkins allegedly accused Marvel of having too much control over its directors and said she truly didn't believe she couldn't turn the script the studio offered her into a quality movie. Out of fear of potentially becoming the worst Marvel director and setting a poor precedent for female filmmakers, Jenkins dropped out of the project.
1 Kevin Feige And Marvel Comics CEO Ike Perlmutter Clashed Over Budget Control Decisions
It's no surprise that there are disagreements among Marvel executives who have different views on how much money to spend and what to invest in. Feige, the President of Marvel Studios, reportedly wanted to spend big in order to gain higher earnings for the studio, while Perlmutter wished to cut costs.