Favorite Scenes From All 21 Marvel Studios Films
Tonight, Avengers: Endgame opens and I am so excited. I decided that I would share my favorite scenes from the 21 movies that came before it. Please note: There are spoilers in here. So, if you haven't seen some of the films and don't want to be spoiled, read at your own caution.
What are your favorite scenes? Please share!
Iron Man (2008)
I remember when I first watched Iron Man and the thrill of seeing him emerge from the cave in that jerry-rigged armor that he built from spare weaponry. It looked exactly the way I would have imagined the original armor looking. I was so excited and realized, at that moment, that this movie was going to be something special. But, not only because of the armor. I truly got Tony Stark's journey to this point from spoiled billionaire trust baby to man who was kidnapped and forced to work in a cave then see his mentor die before he is able to save him. I really felt for Tony Stark. And, the reason why that was significant was because I hated Tony Stark in the comics. I almost walked away from Marvel altogether because of it. This scene brought me back in a BIG way.
The Incredible Hulk (2008)
My favorite scene from The Incredible Hulk actually had no smashing. Well, not really. Unless you count a few thrown boulders. It's a scene where Hulk takes Betty Ross to a cave. He feels super frustrated. While she is scared, she sees the human beneath and she calms him. I feel like the Hulk gets to do enough smashing, but not enough of these moments where we really feel for the creature. I wish Marvel would do more of these kinds of scenes.
Iron Man 2 (2010)
While I wasn't a big fan of the way they introduced Natasha Romanoff into the Marvel Cinematic Universe (I felt they did it a little too sauce pot), nonetheless, my favorite scene from the movie is when Natasha finally reveals herself as Black Widow. She is infiltrating Hammer Industries and she is using every trick in the book from her martial arts to her stingers. I wish there were more of these moments in an otherwise lackluster Iron Man sequel.
One of my favorite scenes from the Marvel Cinematic Universe is when Odin casts Thor out of Asgard. So is so much within that scene. You see Thor's cockiness as he goes at Odin. She see Loki lurking in the background, looking like he wanted to save Thor, but knowing he orchestrated this. And then you have what I think is one of Anthony Hopkins's finest performances bar none. He really delivers on a scene that could have come off as corny, but ended up looking like a great Shakespearean drama.
Captain America: The First Avenger (2011)
I absolutely love the scene in which Steve Rogers becomes Captain America. The scene captures the bravery of Rogers as he undergoes the procedure. At the same time, you see how Dr. Erskine and Peggy Carter care about him. But, I also love the way the scene really feels like a 1940s science fiction scene with all its massive equipment and crackling electricity. It feels like comic bookery at its finest.
Marvel's The Avengers (2012)
My favorite moment of any Marvel film is this one. It's the scene during the Battle of New York in which the Avengers finally congeal as a team. They officially become the Avengers. You see the teammates come to Captain America for his leadership and they start taking his orders. Bruce shows up and tells everybody he's always angry right in time for Tony to show up with one of the Chitauri Leviathans. Alan Silvestri's masterful Avengers theme song starts to swell and we see the Avengers all in a circle assessing the Chitauri threat. It's such a beautiful scene that gives me goosebumps to this day.
Iron Man 3 (2013)
Honestly, Iron Man 3 is one of my least favorite in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. So, it was actually difficult for me to pick a scene that was my favorite. But, if I had to pick one, it would be the scene when Tony Stark tested his new Mark 42 armor. It showed his cockiness and his hubris that led him to create Ultron. It's the side of Tony I like the least, but, for this movie and the way the MCU was moving, this scene actually works very well.
Thor: The Dark World (2013)
In an otherwise dark, desolate and humorless film, this exchange between Loki and Thor is a bright point. It's a fun scene with Loki using his glamour magic to turn into an Asgardian warrior then turn Thor into Sif and then, finally, turn himself into Captain America. It is a delight to see this cameo by Chris Evans in this film and he performs it with such gusto.
Captain America: The Winter Soldier (2014)
This scene is apparently Chris Evans's favorite scene. It is the famous elevator scene from Captain America: The Winter Soldier. This film offers some of the greatest excitement in a Marvel film. Chris Evans's performance is spot on. This is the reason why Captain America is Captain America. He is no dope. He knows what is going on at all times and you know that he has 100 contingency plans in his head. Might I say this is a MARVELous scene?
Guardians of the Galaxy (2014)
In a movie full of laughs, it would be easy to pick a comedic moment. But, my favorite scene is a dramatic one. Probably the most dramatic moment. It's the scene in which the Guardians realize they were unable to defeat Ronan. The Black Aster is going down and the team has no way off. Groot then starts sprouting branches and surrounds the Guardians in his wooden cocoon. Rocket asks why he is doing it when he could die. Groot wipes Rocket's eye and comforts him with the words that stick with us today, "We are Groot."
Avengers: Age of Ultron (2015)
The scene between Hawkeye and Scarlet Witch is my favorite moment in Avengers: Age of Ultron. Wanda is scared, blaming herself for the attack after being duped by Ultron. Clint tells her that he has a bow and arrow, but he goes out there because he's got a job to do. He tells her he doesn't have time to babysit and that if she stays in hiding, it's fine. But, if she walks out the door, she's an Avenger. Thankfully, she chooses the Avengers route. I loved this moment not just because of its inspirational notes, but because Jeremy Renner's delivery was the most like Hawkeye I've ever seen. It had an air of confidence, but with a smarmy charm that we love from the character.
I love the scene in which Falcon confronts Ant-Man when he arrives at what they originally thought as an old Stark warehouse. This scene is my favorite because it perfectly combines the humorous elements with the more superhero action parts. The fight between Ant-Man and Falcon makes the best use of both Falcon's flying powers and Ant-Man's shrinking powers. And the action is really great. The witty banter between them is wonderful making you wish for an Ant-Man/Falcon team up someday.
Captain America: Civil War (2016)
If anybody tells you that the airport battle in Captain America: Civil War is not their favorite scene, they are either lying or crazy. This scene is the culmination of the Marvel Cinematic Universe in a way we hadn't seen since Marvel's The Avengers. Only this time, the team is fractured into two. But, throughout the years, we saw this tension building and the two ideologies forming. So, it didn't feel like it came out of nowhere. On top of that, we see so many shocking and fantastic abilities on display. And the level of quips is just perfect.
Doctor Strange (2016)
My favorite scene in Doctor Strange is when Doctor Strange battles one of the disciples of Kaecilius in the astral plane all while Dr. Christine Palmer is operating on an unconscious Stephen Strange. It's just the kind of scene I can see in the comic books that is so wild and weird. Rachel McAdams is hilarious trying to keep it together while doing the hard work of keeping Stephen alive and not knowing what the heck is going on around her.
Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 (2017)
While I was sad to see Yondu die, I thought his death scene was quite beautiful and the scene that stayed with me well after the movie. Yondu, who raised Peter Quill (aka Star-Lord), rescued Peter from the exploding planet Ego but, in doing so, left himself open the environment of space. He gave the last protective suit to Peter and freezes. Both the performances by Michael Rooker and Chris Pratt are wonderful. It was very emotional and I cried.
Spider-Man: Homecoming (2017)
This is another one of the best scenes in Marvel history. It is the scene in which the Vulture entraps Spider-Man under a ton of rubble. The scene mirrors a famous issue from the comics. At first, he feels helpless and is crying in pain. He is about to give up, but, he thinks about what Tony Stark tells him and he musters the ability to get himself out. Tom Holland's performance is extremely palpable. You feel his pain and helplessness. Its simply beautiful.
Thor: Ragnarok (2017)
It is hard not to think of the arena scene as my favorite scene from Thor: Ragnarok, but I could also say any scene with Jeff Goldblum because I can watch that man read the dictionary and love it. Nevertheless, my favorite scene IS the arena scene just because it brings our two heroes in together in both a hilarious and exciting way. I think Thor has always struggled with his identity in films. They sort of had it in the first film, but made him too brooding in others. Thor is at his best when he is over the top exhibiting all the braggadocio in the world. This scene truly captured that.
Black Panther (2018)
My favorite scene from Black Panther is easily Challenge Day at the Waterfalls. No, T'Challa never dons his trademark suit in this scene, but there is so much world building going on here. When T'Challa emerges from his ship, he is surrounded by a sea of colorfully clad citizens of Wakanda, all cheering him on. While it looks like he will go unchallenged, M'Baku of the Jabari Tribe challenges him (and thanks to the M'Baku challenge, I know the words by heart) but T'Challa still bests him to remain the Black Panther and King of Wakanda.
Avengers: Infinity War (2018)
There are so many great scenes from Avengers: Infinity War that it's hard to choose one. So, if I was forced by gunpoint to choose, I think I would choose the Battle on Titan teaming up the Guardians of the Galaxy with Iron Man, Doctor Strange and Spider-Man. There is so much goodness here and the level of power wielding is reminiscent to the airport battle scene from Captain America: Civil War. Perhaps my favorite moments were when Doctor Strange cast familiar spells such as the Crimson Bands of Cyttorak, the Images of Ikonn and the Sacred Sword of Vishanti. It is all just so amazing.
Ant-Man and the Wasp (2018)
My favorite scene in Ant-Man and the Wasp is the whole zany chase sequence in which Scott and Hope try to keep the building in which Hank is trying to rescue his wife safe from the Quantum Realm. It reminded me of one of those Smokey and the Bandit kind of chases. Add to that some dazzling super powered fun with hilarious performances by the likes of Michael Peña, Randall Park, and Walton Goggins.
Captain Marvel (2019)
I don't have a film clip of my favorite scene from Captain Marvel, but it is the final battle in which Carol stands up to the Supreme Intelligence. She breaks free of the reign the Kree had over her and goes binary. She then got the Kree to call of their invasion of Earth. Now, we got to see Carol at her best and why she is Captain Marvel.