Honestly, I would have preferred it more with them in it because they were replaced with a bunch of flat cardboard cutouts with no personality. Yeah, Will might have been annoying, but hey, at least I remember who he was. The only new character from On Stranger Tides that I can remember is Blackbeard and only because I knew who he was before I watched the movie.
I also felt that in that movie in addition to having all these new characters pop up, they then had nothing to do. They didn't further the plot at all. If they hadn't been present in the story or had been replaced by different characters, the plot would have rode merrily along because the only character who really had any influence over what was happening was Jack Sparrow.
What kills me, though, is that the way the script seemed to be written, the main character should have been Barbossa. He had the most interesting character arc even though that mostly happened off screen. They didn't even show it, he just mentioned losing the Black Pearl to Blackbeard in that one brief little scene. In the theater I just sat there wishing that we had that as a movie instead. I mean, his character underwent a huge shift from the end of AWE and they totally just brushed over it and went back to Jack Sparrow doing stuff.
ETERNAL QUEEN OF HALLOWEEN STATUS CONFERRED. ~ Comrade Pants
How can we be sure that Alcoremortis isn't just Comrade Pants trollplaying as a girl? ~ GuruGuru214
You're a shiny bright star; floating amongst a million slimy slugs in a sea of sludge. You transcend the pre-conceived and supposed limits of the human race, to emerge from the pit of pitiful maggots as a beautiful, majestic butterfly. ~ Davies
The suspence of what's gonna come after death is killing me! ~ Jon NA
Are you a secret Plaster Princess or something? ~ Secret Fawful