Trying to single out the best moments of the Marvel Cinematic Universe is like trying to find times that Robert Downey Jr. was a terrible Tony Stark; it’s almost impossible. There are so many awesome bits and scenes throughout these movies that you can’t pick which ones are your favorite. Despite the abundance of epic-ness, I think I’ve managed to hone in on the six most satisfying moments that Marvel Studios has brought to us over the years.
6. Groot SMASH!
Hardly anybody thought that Guardians of the Galaxy would be a huge hit. An even smaller number thought that a talking tree voiced by Vin Diesel would end up becoming the most popular character from the film. Groot is everything you can love in a character. He’s caring, selfless, loyal, and, when necessary, bad-ass. Near the end of the film, as the Guardians are storming Ronan’s ship, Groot goes into Beast Mode and single-handedly skewers and pummels an entire squadron of soldiers. After slaughtering the enemies, he turns and gives an adorable smile to his fellows, almost as if he’s expecting a pat on the back and a “good boy!” from Star-Lord.
5. Tony Stark Revealing His Identity
It’s been 7 years since the original Iron Man came out, but I still get chills when watching this film. If I could, I’d add the entire movie as one of the most satisfying moments of the MCU. Alas, I can only pick one specific scene, so I chose the last line of the film. As Tony Stark is about to give a speech at a press conference regarding his connection to the mysterious metal-suited superhero who’s been saving the city, he drops his cue cards and declares, “I am Iron Man.” It’s so simple yet so powerful. This scene also sets off a chain reaction that led to the forming of the Avengers. If Stark didn’t admit he was Iron Man, then Nick Fury may not have come to him and ask for his participation in the Avengers Initiative. It’s the little things that matter…
4. Steve Rogers Fighting … Everyone!
I absolutely love a good fight scene. Most of the MCU films have had one or two scenes dedicated to a good fight between superheroes. However, none of the other films compare to Captain America: The Winter Soldier. I was so impressed by the amazing choreography in this film that I briefly forgot I was watching a superhero movie. Usually, you watch heroes exchange one or two blows and then commence chasing after one another. In Captain America: The Winter Soldier, we skip all that and watch Steve Rogers go hand-to-hand with numerous villains, from an elevator of rogue S.H.I.E.L.D. agents, to a one-on-one duel with the Winter Soldier. The fights are absolutely incredible. I can watch Steve vs. the Winter Soldier over and over until YouTube bans me from hitting the repeat button.