Marvel’s Cinematic Universe has given us quite a ride in each of their films. From bringing the team together in The Avengers to introducing us to brand new characters in Guardians of the Galaxy, these films have entertained us from start to finish. However it all started with Marvel’s head honcho Kevin Feige. Iron-Man was the start of this universe and it has only gone up from there.
Marvel has also treated us with some great moments with these characters. We have grown up with them in this universe and have become attached to them since the very beginning. Though we know these characters now inside and out, it may not have always been this way. These characters have matured tremendously over the course of their existence. However there have been certain decisions they’ve made or things they have said that truly changed everything about themselves going forward. In no particular order, here are those moments that have shaped those character(s).
1. Scarlet Witch Becomes An Avenger ‘Avengers: Age of Ultron’
Before this, both Scarlet Witch and her brother Quicksilver held a grudge against Stark for accidentally killing their parents. The scene above was the defining moment for this future Avenger. After learning Ultron’s true plan, she decided to fight against him and join the Avengers. However to become one, she has to leave the past behind her which is exactly what Hawkeye is trying to tell her.
Hawkeye informs her that he’s just a guy with a bow and arrow, but deep down he’s an Avenger and will fight for what’s right know matter the cost. The line “When you step out that door, you’re an Avenger” is the moment that allows Scarlet Witch to make that decision to become that Avenger.
2. Thor Regains His Power After Showing Humility ‘Thor’
The first Thor film proved that Marvel can bring Norse mythology to life on the big screen. Thor was known for his selfish acts while lacking any sort of humility. Therefore, his father Odin cast him out after calling his father “an old man and a fool” claiming that he wasn’t worthy to hold Thor’s hammer and to be a god like everyone else.
Thor had to prove himself that he does care about other people including the humans on planet Earth. Throughout the film he learns to be humble after he realizes he no longer posses any god-like power. This is crucial especially in the final scene when Thor confronts the Destroyer that was sent by Loki. Thor knows he can’t do anything physically to the machine so he apologizes to his brother Loki and asks him to take his own life over the humans. Odin’s hammer realizes this humility and once again clings to the person that is worthy. Thor changes as a character moving forward learning his lessons his father had taught him.
3. Cap And Black Widow Learn How Hydra Infiltrated S.H.I.E.L.D. ‘Captain America: The Winter Soldier’
Both Captain America and Black Widow at this point already know that something is going on. Nick Fury has been pronounced “dead” and S.H.I.E.L.D. headquarters have announced Captain America as a fugitive. It wasn’t until this very moment that Cap and Black Widow learn of the devastating effects Hydra has had on S.H.I.E.L.D throughout history.
From this point forward, they don’t know who to trust including their own allies. S.H.I.E.L.D has appeared to have betrayed everything they were known for which is why Cap must start fresh especially with his team of Avengers. Cap knows Hydra is still out there even though by the end of the film they vanquish a good portion of them. Captain America changed the way he views any decision made especially by others in command. This is the start of the Avengers Civil War.
4. Charlie Spencer’s Mom Says Tony Stark Killed Her Son ‘Captain America: Civil War’
This moment changes Stark’s life forever. Tony Stark was already aware that Ultron was his fault and that the Avengers should be blamed for their destruction after Sokovia. But this sealed the deal for him. Stark understanding that he and his Avengers couldn’t save everyone who lived at Sokovia brought about a new Tony. Tony collaborates with the federal government to create a document that will force them to abide by the rules that are written. They named it the Sokovia Accords.
The Accords don’t go over well with all the Avengers including Captain America who forms his own team because of it. This one event has changed the entire landscape of the MCU. The Accords didn’t do what they were sought out to do. But all of these prior events have led to a war between the Avengers.
5. Doctor Strange’s Discussion With The Ancient One ‘Doctor Strange’
This is perhaps the best scene in Doctor Strange. Shortly before the Ancient One dies, she tells him how much goodness is within Stephen Strange, but the only thing keeping him from greatness is his arrogance and fear. This scene defines who Stephen Strange truly is and of the possibilities he can become.
When the Ancient One establishes that he should learn the most simple lesson of them all, Strange cannot help but question it. What comes next is a line that embellishes all understanding of the character of Dr. Stephen Strange. The Ancient One declares; “It’s not about you.” Much like Thor, Strange’s arrogance of his actions comes full circle here where he learns a valuable lesson in humility. Strange changes as a character after this discussion as it helps him best his powers against the evil forces of Kaecilius and Dormammu.
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