“has resulted in a movie with, by my count, fourteen central characters.”
Tortured logic, this reads like, when you realize that the author is calling characters who appeared on screen for two minutes total “central characters”. Iron Man, Captain America, Thor, Hulk, Black Widow, Hawkeye, Ultron, Scarlett Witch, Quicksilver. That’s 9 by my count. Maria Hill, War Machine, Falcon, Vision, Nick Fury? Those were cameos, to anyone with common sense.
But hey, whatever you gotta do to make reality fit your narrative, right?