Apr 27, 2015

The 50 Best Marvel Movie Moments, Part 5

The 50 Best Marvel Movie Moments
Part Five – One Love
Ben Smith

It’s taken me lots of time, lots of strenuous movie watching with a notepad. Concentrating, calculating, napping, and then concentrating some more. I don’t think any of you can appreciate the level of stress that comes with watching Iron Man 2. Yet, I powered through, and now we’ve come to the pulse-pounding climax to the single most important list you’ll read right at this very moment.

As with most lists, this was completely determined by my own personal opinion. I’d be more than happy to hear what moments anyone else would have included in their own personal list. What did I miss?

I AM NUMBER ONE

Iron Man – Gulmira

“He’s all yours.”


Tony Stark, enraged by the sale of Stark weapons to terrorists, watches his former captors reign terror upon Yinsen’s home village of Gulmira. Unable to take it any longer, Stark unleashes the full power of the Mark II suit for the first time. From the pinpoint targeting of the enemy, and the exploding tank, this is the Iron Man the audience had been waiting the whole movie to see (and possibly their whole lives). With the underlying aspects of it being Yinsen’s home village, and Stark getting revenge against the men of the Ten Rings, this marks the best scene of the inaugural Iron Man movie. Certainly the initial test flight of the Mark II suit or the end battle against the Iron Monger could have been included, but as I’ve said previously, it’s the emotional core of the movie that makes it so great for me, and that was represented best in the scenes I picked.

The Incredible Hulk – Hulk Smash

“Hulk smash!”


‘Nuff said.

Iron Man 2 – The Widow Strikes



In a preview of badassery to come, the Black Widow unleashes a beatdown on a group of guards. This was the first glimpse of this type of fight choreography in the Marvel movies, and it was easily the best part of the movie. Before now, we’d only seen the brute force of the Hulk, or the weaponry of Iron Man. Plus, you get Scarlett Johansson in a tight black bodysuit.

(It probably says something about the movie that the best moment in it, is not about Iron Man.)

Thor – Worthy

“Brother, however I have wronged you, whatever I have done that has led you to do this, I am truly sorry. But these people are innocent, taking their lives will gain you nothing. So take mine, and end this.”


Thor pleads with Loki to stop attacking, essentially sacrificing himself to the Destroyer. This act of self sacrifice completes the personal journey Thor had been on to becoming worthy of Mjolnir once again. I'm a sucker for a good self sacrifice scene, and the heroic comeback.

(I just now considered that Thor spends almost the entire first movie powerless, which may be why it's one of my least favorite to rematch. The Wolverine, Spider-Man 2, and Thor have all played with the story of the hero being powerless, which may work well in comics as a change of pace, but I'm not so sure it makes for the best superhero action movie.)

Captain America: The First Avenger – The Goodbye

"I’m gonna need a raincheck on that dance.”

Steve Rogers says goodbye to Peggy Carter as he steers the Red Skull’s ship into the ocean below, sacrificing himself to save others. Anybody that doesn’t get a little misty as the two unrequited lovers say goodbye (without saying goodbye) is a heartless automaton. (Even more heartless than Stark's robot arm assistant.) Steve’s relationship with Peggy is the undercurrent of the entire movie, and it gets the saddest of endings in this, the best scene of the movie.

The Avengers – Raggedy Loki

“Puny god.”

In what was easily the most crowd-pleasing scene of the movie, Hulk ragdolls a pompous Loki into the ground. I saw this movie at least a half-dozen times in the theater, and this scene killed every single time. From Loki trying to intimidate the Hulk at the beginning, to the look on his face after, this is a pitch-perfect bit of comedy in the middle of all the action and drama. The best moment of the best movie that Marvel has made to date.

Iron Man 3 – Monkeys

“Remember that game, Barrel of Monkeys? This is how it is, we got to catch all the monkeys!”

Iron Man rushes to save the occupants of Air Force One as they plummet to their death. A tense and action-packed scene of Iron Man coming to the rescue. I especially love the way the ocean below frames the sequences. S'pretty.

Thor: The Dark World – Loki’s Deception

“Malekith! I am Loki of Jotunheim, and I have brought you a gift! I only ask for one thing in return; a good seat from which to watch Asgard burn!”


Thor and Loki attempt to trick Malekith by having Loki appear to betray Thor. Hiddleston and Hemsworth are the two main reasons to watch a Thor movie, and they’re at their best combining their forces in this electric scene. Hiddleston, in particular, is transcendent when he gets to cut loose with the Shakespearian-type malevolence of Loki. This scene represents a microcosm of the entire movie, which shines mostly when Thor and Loki are on the screen, but otherwise suffers under the weight of its own needlessly complicated plot.

Captain America: The Winter Soldier – Zola

“People will fight for their freedom if people try to take it from them. But if you cause enough trouble, people will willingly give up their freedom for a more secure world.”


Captain America and Black Widow track down a lead to a hidden underground bunker, where they find the computerized mind of former Nazi scientist Arnim Zola. This is a complete comic book geek-out moment, with Zola’s face on the monitors representing his freakishly weird comic design. It also raises the stakes of the movie, giving the conflict an added layer of complexity with a real world allegory about the costs of freedom. It is the best moment in what is probably the most well-made Marvel movie to date.

(You're either in the Nolan camp or you're not, but I'd much rather have the Winter Soldier movie's theme about freedom versus security, than whatever simplistic "deep messages" the Dark Knight trilogy claims to have, by virtue of beating the viewer over the head with it.)

Guardians of the Galaxy – Baby Groot


Baby Groot dances in his pot. What else could it be? There's not a single person I've met on the planet Earth, that doesn't love this scene. My sons both have limited attention spans, but they will demand to watch that clip on repeat every time they see it. I fully expected Rocket to be the kid's choice winner of the movie, but it weirdly seems to be Groot instead. Not bad for the Monarch of Planet X.

Best Moment in Marvel Movie History: Guardians of the Galaxy. (It was pretty much down to Raggedy Loki versus Baby Groot, but dancing Groot is a full-on phenomenon unlike anything I think I've seen from the Marvel movies. It's the clear choice.)

There you have it. Like I said before, I'm all for hearing any scenes or moments that anyone felt I missed. Let me know what your favorites are, leave a comment, or ignore us as usual. It's not depressing at all.

Next time... I don't know. Probably a list.


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