Everyone loves a larger-than-life supervillain plot. With good reason, too – after all, our favourite action-adventure franchises couldn’t function without the outlandish schemes of a bad guy trying to take over (or destroy!) the world. Think about it: where would James Bond be without the wicked designs of a cackling mastermind to foil? And yet, for every fiendishly ingenious plan that makes you marvel at the brilliance of the mind behind it, there’s at least as many out there that make no sense whatsoever.
There’s several reasons why a supervillain’s plot can fail to add-up. Maybe it’s the case that the plot in question is poorly thought out and won’t achieve the villain’s stated goals. Perhaps it’s a scenario where that old killjoy, real-world science, makes the successful execution of a plot impossible, at least as stated. Or it could be that the plan isn’t laid-out very clearly, making it hard to follow how and why it will work.
Whatever the reason may be, the end result is a nefarious scheme that leaves fans scratching their heads and asking, “Wait, what’s going on here?” In recognition of moments such as these, here’s a rundown of 15 Supervillain Plots That Make Absolutely No Sense.
To say that the timeline of the X-Men film franchise makes no sense is to make an understatement on par with describing the theory of evolution as “pretty complicated”.
Quite frankly, when director Bryan Singer tinkered with the series’ continuity in 2014’s X-Men: Days of Future Past as part of an effort to smooth out any inconsistencies that had cropped up across the previous five movies (not to mention correct several perceived missteps made in X-Men: The Last Stand), he actually made things a lot worse.
A direct offshoot of this is that X-Men: Apocalypse, the latest film featuring Marvel’s Merry Mutants, spins a tale that seems completely at odds with the previous films it’s intended to bridge together – and sadly this isn’t even the major problem for flick that arrives overstuffed with characters and spectacle and light on actual emotional heft.
Whenever a book, play or even theme park attraction is adapted into a film, there are invariably changes made to the source material. It’s a natural part of making something that works in one medium work in another, and nowhere is it more prevalent than when comic books are brought to life on the big screen.
While many changes made by filmmakers are met with (often justified) outrage from fans of the original stories, some of them have met with no opposition to speak of, and at least one has even come full circle and appeared in the comics it was based on!
In the following list, I take a look at five major changes made to comic book canon in film adaptations, and suggest why I think these changes have been more or less accepted by fandom at large.