The 50 Best Marvel Movie Moments
Part Three – The Treacherous Three
If you’ve been following along the past few weeks, you know that we’re on a deeply personal journey of self discovery and reflection. Nah, just kidding, I’m making a list about cool Marvel movie moments. That doesn’t preclude you from doing some personal reflection, but it would make you weird. But since being weird is one of the primary goals of Back Issue Ben, you’ll fit right in. Anyway, what was I talking about, oh yeah, movies.
I present to you my picks for the third best moments in each Marvel Studios movie.
THREE 6 MAFIA
Iron Man – Pepper Quits
“I shouldn’t be alive, unless it was for a reason. I’m not crazy Pepper, I just finally know what I have to do. And I know in my heart that it’s right.”
Faithful assistant Pepper Potts quits, rather than watch Stark put himself in harm’s way as Iron Man. Tony’s response never fails to get me right in the ole arc reactor area, and is probably my favorite scene from the entire movie. As I said last week, the emotional moments in a movie like this are what sets it apart from any other action movie, and Marvel has perfected that.
The Incredible Hulk – Super Soldier Redux
“Is that it? Is that all you’ve got?”
A super soldiered up Emil Blonsky takes on the Hulk, with painful results. I remember thinking at the time watching this, that Emil here was a bit of a preview of how Captain America was going to look on film. You could also include (or substitute) the scene with Hulk against the ultrasonic machines here, it’s all up to you. We like collaboration here on the Cube.
Iron Man 2 – Kid Sidekick
“Nice work, kid.”
One of Hammer’s drones mistakes a kid in an Iron Man mask for the real deal, and the kid bravely stands his ground until Stark finishes the job. Everybody loves a precocious child. Except drones.
Thor – Shirtless Thor
“You know, for a crazy homeless person… he’s pretty cut.”
Thor walks around shirtless as he cleans up and changes clothes. I heard audible gasps from the crowd during this scene in the theater. Give the people what they want.
Captain America: The First Avenger – Let’s Hear it for Captain America
“I couldn’t call my ride.”
After risking his life by single-handedly saving a group of captured soldiers, against orders, Steve Rogers leads the men back into his base camp, and Bucky starts the cheers. Relegated to the role of propaganda and “chorus girl” by Colonel Phillips until now, Steve finally seizes an opportunity to contribute to the war effort, in a way only he could. It’s a turning point for him as Captain America, and a turning point in the movie.
The Avengers – The Invasion
“Right . . . army.”
Tony Stark, having just saved himself from falling to his own death, looks up to see Loki’s portal opened, and a legion of alien invaders come pouring out. This moment never fails to give me chills, as the gravity of the moment is perfectly portrayed. You can practically feel the dread of the usually confident Iron Man, as he flies up to meet the invaders head on. It’s the beginning of the greatest superhero battle ever portrayed on film, a battle I very seriously considered including as a whole, but felt it would be a bit of a cheat. Regardless, it’s basically impossible for me not to continue watching the movie from this point on, no matter where it might be playing.
(Winner for most random place I've watched The Avengers' Battle of New York: an on-base barber shop in Afghanistan.)
Iron Man 3 – The Mandarin
“I wouldn’t go in there for 20 minutes.”
The Mandarin is revealed to be an out-of-work actor, a ruse masterminded by Aldritch Killian. This is the moment that ruined the movie for a lot of comic fans, but I think once you get past the initial shock of it, on repeat viewings its actually pretty funny.
Thor: The Dark World – Strange Bedfellows
“You must be truly desperate to come to me for help.”
Thor calls upon the one person he trusts the least for help, a distraught Loki still locked away in an Asgardian cell. Hiddleston is such a commanding presence as Loki, he’s able to make even the most pedestrian of lines captivating and engaging. He’s at his defiant best in this scene, further solidifying his place as Marvel’s top movie villain.
Captain America: The Winter Soldier – The Reveal
Capping off one of the most high-octane fight scenes in any movie ever made, The Winter Soldier’s true identity is revealed. While no surprise to any comic fan, it’s a potential shock to any casual moviegoer. (At least those that grasped who he was, which seemed to be about half the audience in both showings I attended.) If there was a way they could have set it up more solidly without telegraphing the reveal, it probably would have ranked higher, but as it is, it will have to settle for third.
Guardians of the Galaxy – The Speech
“I have lived most of my life surrounded by my enemies. I would be grateful to die surrounded by my friends.”
The team bickers hilariously, before the tone completely shifts, and Peter Quill pleads with this band of loveable losers to help him save Xandar. As I said with the previous Guardians scene, I love a good team forming scene and a good speech, and this counts as both! To go from one of the funniest parts of the movie to one of the most inspiring is no easy feat, and it’s one of the many reasons Guardians of the Galaxy is already one of Marvel's most popular movies.
Best of the bunch: Guardians of the Galaxy. (As much as I'd like to give it to shirtless Thor, or my favorite Iron Man scene, the Guardians scene has everything.)
Avengers finally didn't take the top spot for once. Anything can happen in the madhouse that is the Comics Cube!
Next week, ten more moments.