As a general rule, the Marvel Cinematic Universe has got its characters right. The likes of Iron Man, Loki, Captain America, Black Widow and Star-Lord have all been resounding successes – and that's a notion that extends to an abundance of other characters in the franchise (the recently introduced Scott Lang AKA Ant-Man is fantastic, for instance).
That's all thanks largely to brilliant performances by the actors portraying them and the fact Marvel have kept faith with the majority of the traits of those characters from the comic books. However, the latter isn't always the case, as Marvel Studios have experimented in a number of cases by making the live action depictions very different to the versions in the source material (and, in rare cases, the actors in the role just aren't capable of capturing the essence of the character they are depicting).
The actors can't be blamed when Marvel tinker with the characters, so the entries on this list aren't necessarily bad performances, but what all of them do have in common is that they were nothing like the comic book versions.
In some instances, that can actually be a good thing (take Loki for example – he's far less "mischievous" and "cartoonish" than the comic book version – and even Skye has become a lot more important and likeable than the first impressions of the character would have suggested, in spite of her bearing little resemblance to the Daisy Johnson character she is based on from the comics).
Characters can, of course, grow – so, in some of these cases, the characters could develop into versions more closely recognisable to the ones they are based on but, for the time being, none of them are great.
Here are the ten most disappointing character depictions in the Marvel Cinematic Universe…
In the comics, Korath-Thak – or Korath the Pursuer – is a cybernetically-enhanced Kree warrior with superhuman physical attributes. However, his most prominent feature – hence his full title – is the ability to pursue his targets by psionically tracking their brain patterns.
That particular power was completely lacking in an adaptation of the character that was barely given any screen-time at all in Guardians of the Galaxy – something that was very disappointing, given that the character is far more prominent and relevant in the comic books.
However, what was most disappointing about the character was that his limited appearance was a complete waste of the brilliant talents of two-time Academy Award-nominated actor Djimon Hounsou. He was an underling to Ronan who, in turn, was an underling to Thanos and, as a result, he just ran around following orders.
Korath was killed at the hands of Dave Batista's Drax, meaning there will probably be no future opportunities for him to develop (although you should never say never when it comes to comic book movie characters).