When you watch a superhero movie you don’t exactly prepare yourself for potential crying but the MCU has proven many times to have some pretty sentimental moments that has brought a tear or two…or three to my eye. So, let me share with you ten moments in the MCU that has managed to make me cry, or almost at least get teary. Enjoy!
10. Spider-Man Gets Dusted
Avengers: Infinity War was devastating and this was easily one of the most gutwrenching moments in the film. Watching Peter Parker freak about dying, apologize to Tony Stark, and then turn to dust was one of the hardest things to watch, leaving me feeling rather hollow inside the first time I watched the film. And yeah, I was trying hard to keep from crying my eyes out. Boy, this scene was brutal.
9. Steve Rogers Goes To See Old Peggy
When I first watched The Winter Soldier I hadn’t seen Captain America: The First Avenger yet so I didn’t understand his relationship with Peggy Carter. That, however, didn’t make this any scene any less emotional. This scene has brought a tear to my eye since the very first time I watched it and I’m pretty sure it’ll continue to do the same for many more years to come.
8. Meredith Quill Dies
When one thinks of the Guardians of the Galaxy movies humor is the first thing that may come to mind but you forget the emotional quality to these films as well. Guardians of the Galaxy starts with young Peter Quill having to watch his mother, who has cancer, die before his very eyes. It’s crushing and truly one of the saddest moments in the MCU. I have to hold back tears every time I watch it.
7. Gamora Is Sacrificed for the Soul Stone
When I went to watch Avengers: Infinity War I had made a list of characters I thought would die. Gamora was not one of them. Imagine the horror I felt as I watched a character whose demise I definitely did not predict get killed in such a gasp-inducing fashion. Thanos, her father, killed her! for the Soul Stone. Oh so brutal!
I definitely have shed a tear or two watching this scene.
6. Vision’s Death
This scene is just sad. So, so sad. Vision had just started being able to enjoy life as a human…of sorts. He was in love with Wanda and committed himself fully to her. Things were going well…and then Thanos arrived. The movie is already heartbreaking enough as it is with Heimdall, Loki, and Gamora being killed by this point in the movie but this was just…devastating. With the music crescendoing Wanda has to kill Vision to keep the Soul Stone. The emotion emanating from that scene is so powerful it makes tears seep from my eyes whenever I watch it. Poor, poor Vision.
5. Tony Returns Home
The first time I saw this emotional scene I didn’t cry but the second time, oh it got me. Tony Stark is so broken and utterly defeated. He’s half dead when he walks out of that ship and the first person that greets him is Captain America. Even after everything they had been through he was still there for him. (*sniffle*)
And then when Pepper shows up! Oh my goodness, how can you not cry? It’s a beautiful moment and yet it’s also REALLY sad at the same time. Avengers: Endgame is such an emotional movie.
4. Captain America’s Sacrifice
The First Avenger isn’t one of Marvel’s finest achievements but it tells the concise story of how Steve Rogers became Captain America. Of course, the film follows the classic storyline of Captain America sacrificing himself to save millions of people but what makes it so heartbreaking is the film’s conclusion to his and Peggy’s love story. Peggy talks and listens to him flying to his death over the comms. They promise to dance together when he comes back even though both of them know he’s not going to survive. When his communications go out and she begins to cry I cry as well. 😭
3. Steve and Peggy Finally Get That Dance
Speaking about that heart-crushing scene in Captain America: The First Avenger Marvel decided to crush us again but in a happily-ever-after sort of way. At the end of Endgame, Steve Rogers is an old man. He’s gone back in time and lived a full life with Peggy in an alternate reality. The very final scene in the film shows Steve Rogers and Peggy Carter finally having that dance they promised to one and another and all I can say, with tears pouring out of my eyes, that it is easily the best conclusion for the movie. Perfection, perfection, perfection.
2. The Heroes Are Back
I don’t think I’ve ever cried so hard at a triumphant scene in a movie in my life. Both times I watched Avengers: Endgame I simply could not stop the flow of my tears exiting my tear ducts. Seeing so many of my favorite heroes collected into one massive army that’s giving me chills just thinking about is clearly one of the highlights of my time watching movies. It was like a dream come true, a moment you’ve always wished for but films never give you.
Words cannot describe how happy this scene makes me but these emojis can: 😭😭😭👍
1. Tony Stark Dies
We all knew it was going to happen someday. Iron Man was doomed for death since his story began in 2008. And yet, his death in Endgame is no less gutwrenching. His sacrifice is not only a beautiful conclusion to his story but beautifully acted as well. You want to talk about tears? The tears just can’t stop. Especially with the long, drawn-out funeral that feels like Marvel is taking a knife and just twisting it into your heart. Ugh. While I knew it was coming I still can’t keep the tears from flowing.
So, these are the moments in the MCU so far that have made me get teary or straight out ball my eyes out. I’d like to provide honorable mentions to a few other scenes such as Captain America falling into the Potomac and Bucky saving his life in The Winter Soldier, Loki’s gruesome and totally shocking demise in Avengers: Endgame, Hawkeye’s reunion with Black Widow in Japan in Avengers: Endgame which actually managed to get to my emotions big time, and of course, Black Widow’s sacrifice which is totally sad.
What moment in the MCU has managed to make you cry? I’d love to hear your thoughts in the comments below.
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