The Marvel Cinematic Universe is renowned for its ability to grab the hearts of viewers and play it like a banjo. With a single line, the viewing experience can go from “hey cool superhero” to “okay now my day is ruined because after years of brainwashing, Bucky permanent recognize Steve.”
Maybe that’s why Reddit user u/carrachuchas got hundreds of responses when they asked r/marvelstudios fans, “What was the most heartbreaking quote for you in the MCU?” Here are the 21 nominations they picked for the Marvel Quote That Most Likely Makes Audiences Need a Hug And Maybe Some Hot Chocolate.
Warning: Yes lots of spoilers front for the entire MCU. Proceed with caution (and a box of tissues).
When Thor saw his mother Frigga in Avengers: Endgame and he soon realizes that he’s from the future (and isn’t doing very well either).
When Killmonger makes a final touching request to T’Challa at black Panther.
When Yondu told Peter how he felt about him just before he sacrificed himself to save the life of his son of honor in Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2.
When Isaiah told Sam his heartbreaking story, then told him this at Falcon and Winter Soldier.
When Pepper offered this little peace to Tony in his dying moments during End game.
When Black Widow comforted Hawkeye before he sacrificed himself in End game.
When this mid-fight exchange between Iron Man and Captain America becomes truly tragic in captain america civil war.
When Peggy, who had had a clear conversation with Steve, suddenly forgot that she was still alive Captain America: Winter Soldier.
When Vision offers his unique take on love and loss to a grieving Wanda in WandaVision.
When Rocket offers a tragic glimpse into his origin story during guardian of the galaxy.
When Peter begs Tony not to let the inevitable happen to him in the end Avengers: Infinity Warand all Tony could do was watch.
And when Tony told Steve that Spider-Man didn’t make it after he was saved End game.
When Nebula shouted this at Gamora right after almost fighting to the death with her Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2.
When Yelena reacts to Nat calling their undercover life together as an “unreal” family in black widow.
When Captain America realizes that he doesn’t have to fight Thanos alone in End game.
When Groot explained his sacrifice to Rocket in guardian of the galaxy.
When Happy makes a sweet promise to Tony’s daughter at his funeral in End game.
When Aunt May said something that made Peter realize that all was not well Spider-Man: No Way Home.
When Bucky realized he recognized Steve Rogers, just before his memory was erased again Captain America: Winter Soldier.
And finally: When Steve says something to Bucky that reminds his friend of his true identity at the end Captain America: Winter Soldier.