Over the past decade, Marvel have released a number of controversial storylines with questionable plot points and murky characterization. It's easy to pick holes in Chuck Austen's Avengers or Civil War, but it's harder to think of rational explanations for these problems that don't involve a total retooling of the story.
This is a general thread for pointing out some of the blatant mistakes in recent comics and then coming up with simple, off-panel justifications so these comics are at least somewhat enjoyable again. Doesn't matter which writer it was, doesn't matter if you liked the story or not - if there was an error, this is the thread to discuss it in.
Have a go! Present a problem and explain why it makes no sense. If you're having trouble thinking of an explanation for your problem, offer solutions to mistakes others have exposed. It's simple once you get into it!
Example - The Lethal Legion in Avengers: X-Sanction #1
Radioactive Man was a member of the Thunderbolts between 2005 and 2009. In Thunderbolts, he attempted to reform his villainous ways and become a hero, often showing a just streak in comparison to characters like Norman Osborn or Bullseye. After being deported to China, he joined the People's Defence Force, a national Chinese superteam, and appeared in Mighty Avengers. The last we readers knew of him, he had successfully reformed and was enjoying his life as a respected Chinese superhero in his home country, until...
...he appeared as a member of the Lethal Legion in Avengers: X-Sanction #1, in a throwaway fight sequence that served only to set the scene and get the plot moving. He had no lines. When did he move back to America and become a villain? Why? It didn't make any sense. Additional problems included that Grim Reaper was supposed to be dead, and Whirlwind was wearing the costume he had in the 60s, rather than his usual up-to-date version. They put up almost no fight and get taken out by the Avengers within the first five or so pages.
The fan explanation? Aside from the Living Laser, this roster of the Lethal Legion consisted entirely of imposters, masquerading as famous villains (as a sign of respect, or to draw on their reputations, whatever). This explanation works because there's nothing in the comic to contradict it, and it doesn't really impact the story itself. These villains are younger up-and-comers who haven't fought the Avengers before and were inadequately prepared for the fight. Until something else says otherwise, Radioactive Man is still a hero in China, Grim Reaper is dead and Whirlwind is currently allied with Mandarin and Ezekiel Stane.