We have made it at last. Ten years in the making. We stand on the precipice of Avengers: Infinity War. Was the wait worth it? We will soon find out. Today, however, we will take a fond look back at the journey of the Marvel Cinematic Universe. This is my personal list of favorite moments from the MCU. Compiling these moments was no easy task. There are too many favorite moments to fathom. Perhaps some of yours didn’t make the list, but these moments just register uniquely with me. So sit back and enjoy.
Editor’s Note: Spoilers for various films in the Marvel Cinematic Universe follow. You have been warned!
Iron Man’s First Suit Up
Tony Stark went through some major modifications when designing the ideal Iron Man suit. Early on in the first movie, there are several sequences of the suit coming to fruition. It’s when the suit finally gets its iconic gold and red color that I’m mesmerized. Sure, there would be plenty more Iron Man “suit up” sequences, definitely more thrilling than this, but the beauty of the first one will always make me reminisce of how surprised I was to see Iron Man come into his own. By that, I mean the character, the actor portraying him, and (though I didn’t know it at the time) Marvel Studios becoming a serious contender in superhero films.
I sat in the theater in awe to see Iron Man on the big screen. Robert Downey Jr.’s comeback was no less evident, and I can never see anyone else embodying both Tony Stark nor Iron Man to such a degree. Little did I know what Marvel Studios was about to do. Which brings us to….
The Avengers Initiative
You don’t leave until after the post-credit scene. You just don’t. Although the MCU was hardly the first to include a little something after the credits rolled, they essentially perfected it. If you weren’t there on opening night for Iron Man, you may not have witnessed the moviegoers going absolutely ballistic just before the house lights turned back on.
Tony Stark returns to his Malibu home to find a mysterious figure waiting for him in the shadows. If the eye patch didn’t immediately give Nick Fury away, then it definitely has to be what he said to Tony. Marvel Studios also was talking to the fans when Nick Fury said, “You’ve become part of a bigger universe, you don’t just know it yet.”
The fans were right to get their hopes up when Fury immediately followed up with, “I’m here to talk to you about the Avengers Initiative.” What a way we have come since then.
Be A Good Man
The night prior to Steve Rogers’ Super Soldier experiment, Dr. Abraham Erskine shares why Steve was chosen to enter the program. Throughout his training in boot camp, there were several more ideal candidates, especially in terms of being well-bodied. However, none of these candidates had what Steve Rogers had: a pure and good heart.
The speech that Dr. Erskine gives during this scene moves me in more ways than one. I like to think that there’s a lot of power in the underdog; the hero in everyday (or even tattered) clothing who you never see coming. There is power in that. Another reason is that this is Steve Rogers, our Captain America. “I don’t want to kill anyone. I don’t like bullies. I don’t care where they’re from.” Chills. It almost makes me teary eyed thinking that Thanos is that ultimate bully.
That’s not the speech I allude to though. The one I especially love is, “Because a strong man, who has known power all his life, may lose respect for that power, but a weak man knows the value of strength. And knows compassion. Whatever happens tomorrow, you must promise me one thing. That you will stay who you are. Not a perfect soldier, but a good man.”