7 of the best MCU quotes
Now that the Marvel Cinematic Universe has entered Phase 4, there is a lot of material to look back on and feel nostalgic about. With that in mind, let’s take a look at seven of the best MCU quotes from the past decade of movies.
Best MCU Quotes: “I am Iron Man”
Tony Stark’s (Robert Downey Jr.) line at the end of Iron Man, “I’m Iron Man,” kicked off the MCU as we know it today. It was after this, of course, that Nick Fury (Samuel L. Jackson) decides to recruit him for the Avengers Initiative. And this is an important moment in the history of superheroes because before, the heroes had largely tried to keep their identities a secret.
It’s also an important character moment for Tony. He’s nothing but a showman, and coming up as Iron Man is the ultimate moment in the limelight. At the time, it seemed like he was doing it for the sake of glory. He is, after all, still at the “genius, billionaire, playboy, philanthropist” stage of his character development. But maybe below that, the line also foreshadows the fact that Tony isn’t the type to fear the dangers associated with being a superhero.
“Until the end of the line”
When it comes to the best MCU quotes, Steve Rogers (Chris Evans) doesn’t disappoint. This is one of the most touching lines in the MCU. It comes from Captain America: Winter Soldier, during Steve and Bucky’s (Sebastian Stan) final fight scene. Steve tells Bucky, still scheduled as a Winter Soldier, that he’s not going to fight him. Bucky keeps hitting Steve, and Steve tells him he better finish the job because “I’m with you, the end of the line.” This gets to Bucky, who stops beating his friend.
It’s a moment that really shows us the depth of their friendship. And it shows how deeply Steve believes in Bucky, even when others might think he’s a lost cause.
“I have red in my ledger”
This line occurs in the first Avengers movie. Natasha (Scarlett Johansson) talks to an imprisoned Loki (Tom Hiddleston). She said to him, “It’s really not that complicated. I have red in my ledger, I would like to erase it.
This line really sums up a lot of Nat’s motivation throughout the MCU. And we finally see that play out in Black Widow. Especially when it comes to the full loop involving Dreykov’s daughter, which Loki mentioned in the same scene.
“Wakanda will no longer look in the shadows “
This line comes towards the end of Black Panther. It’s T’Challa (Chadwick Boseman) who says it, when he explains why he wants to reveal the existence of Wakanda to the rest of the world. He believes their scientific advances could be used to help the underprivileged around the world.
This is important for the MCU because Wakanda’s involvement in one of the events that take place after Black Panther would not have been possible if T’Challa had not made this decision. And it shows the compassion and open heart that T’Challa is known for.
“What is sorrow if not enduring love?”
This is one of the lines of Vision (Paul Bettany) from WandaVision. It comes during a magically induced flashback by Agatha Harkness (Kathryn Hahn). Wanda (Elizabeth Olsen) remembers a moment when she mourns the loss of her brother Pietro (Aaron Taylor-Johnson) and he tries to comfort her.
It’s a truly emotional moment, and it shows how much Vision cares about Wanda. It also shows how deep his humanity is. The line is beautifully written and very memorable.
“I didn’t do it for him”
This line is definitely one of the best MCU quotes. It comes at the end of Thor: The Dark World. Loki is supposed to die and Thor says he will tell Odin about his brother’s heroism. Loki replies “I didn’t do it for him.” While the impact of that line is somewhat muted when we find out that Loki isn’t dead after all, there still seems to be some degree of truth to his words.
Loki’s whole character struggle is based on the feeling that Odin doesn’t believe him worthy. And a lot of what he does is attempt to prove himself to his adoptive father. Therefore, for him to have a moment of clarity in which he potentially realizes that he doesn’t need that approval is important.
In terms of Loki’s memorable lines, he is rivaled by “I am charged with a glorious purpose” from Avengers. And “a bit of both” of Loki, in which the variant version of the god of mischief reveals his bisexuality.
“A family is forever”
This is another of WandaVision, which means the show has two of the best MCU quotes. He comes during the final. Wanda has released her magical hold on Westview, New Jersey, which means she is on the verge of losing Vision (again) and her sons. But before they are gone, she tells her boys, “You know, a family is forever. We could never really leave each other, even if we tried. “
It is poignant on several levels. First, in Wanda’s experience, a family is not always eternal. She loses her parents, then her brother, then Vision. She even loses members of her Avengers family. A family that is forever is what she wants the most, but has not yet found.
Additionally, the line could possibly hint at multiverse shenanigans involving his sons. Loki blew the door to the multiverse. And we expect Wanda and Loki’s actions to likely have ramifications in Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness. Maybe we’ll see alternate versions of her boys at some point?
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