No movie is perfect. Some are a little more imperfect than others. And in one corner of the internet, eagle-eyed fans take the time to painstakingly catalogue the thousands of mistakes, small and large, that make it into the final cut of films. As the year draws to a close, two MCU movies came out on top as having the most errors: Captain Marvel and Avengers: Endgame.
In total, MovieMistakes.com users logged 59 errors in Captain Marvel and 51 in Avengers: Endgame. They ranged from ‘how did they miss this’ obvious to somewhat debatable. Because Captain Marvel takes place in the 1980s and 1990s, a majority of the mistakes centered around factual errors, from the software the characters used to the pop culture they encountered. For example, one user noted that some of the movies visible on the shelf in the Blockbuster that Carol crashes into in 1995 - like Junior and First Knight - were released after the scene takes place. And the internet cafe that Vers visits has computers running Netscape Navigator 4, which didn’t make it to market until 1997.
In Avengers: Endgame, the mistakes primarily seem to be centered around simple continuity issues. Users noted that when Thor talks to Valkyrie at the end of the film, his beard has been trimmed short; then, in the next scene, when he’s arguing with Quill, his beard is longer. The crepe in the breakfast scene goes from being whole, to cut in two, and then back to being whole again. And during the final battle, Ant-Man can be seen in two places at once -- in the van, and in his giant form, fighting alongside the other Avengers.
MovieMistakes.com is curated by fans who upvote and downvote each entry -- and some users took issue with the mistakes that others catalogued. For example, there’s a flashback scene in Captain Marvel in one fan noted that Vers uses a version of Windows 95 that came out several months after the events of Captain Marvel take place. Another user contended that specific version of Windows 95 was available in Beta at the time. And Avengers: Endgame fans debated as to whether or not Thanos’ failure to notice that the stones were missing from the gauntlet was a film error or a plausible oversight given the circumstances he was in.
Given what we know about the production schedules for both films, it’s not surprising that some details fell through the cracks. Avengers: Endgame underwent more than one round of reshoots -- and the logistics of organizing so many characters and moving parts had to have been daunting. And if we’re willing to suspend our disbelief about supervillain snapping half the world’s population out of existence, surely we can just pretend we didn’t see that crepe, right?
There are still a few movies left to 2019, including a huge one in Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker, and it's possible that 2019 mistakes list will have some new entries by the time we welcome 2020. Keep up with everything heading to the big screen next year with our 2020 movie release date schedule.