Jul 13, 2023

15 Best MCU Moments Since Avengers: Endgame

The Russos' Avengers: Endgame is arguably the MCU's peak, but the Multiverse Saga also features some of the best moments in the franchise.

There's an argument that Marvel Cinematic Universe peaked in Avengers: Endgame, but there are still a lot of great moments in the franchise that happened after it. In 2019, Marvel Studios culminates the Infinity Saga via the Joe and Anthony Russo blockbuster. Tackling Earth's Mightiest Heroes' final fight against Thanos, there is so much pressure for Avengers: Endgame to be great. Luckily for them, Marvel Studios sticks the landing with the blockbuster, becoming the MCU's highest-grossing film ever.

After the Infinity Saga, Marvel Studios starts laying the foundation for its next culminating event in the Multiverse Saga. Unfortunately, it doesn't resonate with the audience like its predecessor did. This brings up arguments that the MCU should have ended with Avengers: Endgame. However, just because several of the franchise's latest projects aren't exactly critical darlings, many of them feature a great moment or two.

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Leading towards Spider-Man: Far From Home, Jake Gyllenhaal's Mysterio is billed as an ally to Spider-Man. Marvel Comics fans know better, however, to believe that, considering Quentin Beck's nefarious ways in print. Despite the expectation for his villainous turn, Mysterio's impassioned speech that reveals his true colors and elaborate plan to claim Iron Man's EDITH from Peter Parker is still riveting.

After the defeat of Mysterio, Peter Parker thinks that he can simply return to his double life, balancing his personal life and professional one as the web-slinging hero. In arguably the most shocking MCU stingers ever, the Spider-Man: Far From Home post-credits scene pulls the rug under the hero as J. Jonah Jameson, played by the returning JK Simmons, unmasks Spider-Man and exposes his secret identity as Peter. Not only is the scene effective as an ending to the film, but it also effectively sets up the story of Spider-Man: No Way Home.

As the first official project in the Multiverse Saga and Marvel Studios' first TV series, there was a lot of excitement for WandaVision. Arguably still the most unique MCU story, countless theories swirled around about what was really happening in Westview. The Disney+ series features a lot of nail-biting moments, but nothing compares to the intense interaction between Wanda and Monica in WandaVision episode 4. After realizing that the SWORD agent is from the outside world, Scarlet Witch brutally pushes Monica out of Westview, giving fans a better idea of the fantastical world that Wanda built for herself and Vision.

Finales are often the most anticipated episode in a series, but WandaVision's best outing is arguably its penultimate offering. After weeks of theorizing, Marvel Studios finally shows exactly how Wanda is able to claim Westview and make it her ideal home. The montage with Agatha Harkness where they go through every single traumatic life experience Scarlet Witch has had is so heartbreaking. It's also where Vision's iconic line: "What is grief if not love persevering" is born.

The God of Mischief gets his own project in the Multiverse Saga with Loki. It tackles concepts that are integral to MCU's current storytelling, which includes the Sacred Timeline, multiple realities, and variants. After 2012 Loki who spearheads the show meets his female variant, Sylvie, he goes on to encounter several more versions of himself such as Classic Loki, Kid Loki, Boastful Loki, and President Loki. Seeing all of them come together in Loki episode 5 is such a pleasant surprise.

While Avengers: Endgame sees the death of Black Widow, Natasha Romanoff returns to the MCU via Cate Shortland's solo Black Widow film. Primarily taking place on the heels of Iron Man and Captain America's falling out in Captain America: Civil War, the film reveals Nat's backstory, which includes the introduction of her foster family. Her reunion scene with Yelena Belova is both action-filled and emotional. It's arguably one of the best choreographed hand-to-hand fight scenes in the MCU. It also effectively establishes Yelena as a quick fan-favorite.

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Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings functions as the origins story of its titular character. At the heart of it, however, is the love story between Shang-Chi's parents, Wenwu and Ying-Li. Director Daniel Cretton stages an elaborate and gorgeous first encounter as the pair engages in a fight scene that also beautifully shows how they fell in love with each other.

Marvel's What If...? episode 4, "What If... Doctor Strange Lost His Heart Instead of His Hands?" introduces Evil Strange, who becomes obsessed with changing the future to save Christine. After becoming too powerful, it allows him to even started sensing the Watcher. It was a pin-drop moment, and one of the most riveting scenes in the MCU, especially since even Uatu was confused about what was happening despite supposedly having unparalleled wisdom.

Chloé Zhao's Eternals debuted a new superhero team composed of essentially immortals. They share similar capabilities, but each with their signature ones. For Makkari, that's super speed, which Marvel Studios beautifully translates on the screen. Having already seen this particular power with DC Universe's Flash, it's impressive that the MCU found a way to make sure that Makkari's

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Despite leaks, the return of Tobey Maguire and Andrew Garfield as Spider-Men in Spider-Man: No Way Home is still very exciting. At the very least, Marvel Studios and Sony are able to keep the specifics of their role tightly under the lid, and director Jon Watts finds a way to make sure that the threequel fully capitalizes on their involvement. Their chemistry with Tom Holland's web-slinger is amazing, which makes even their talking scenes equally entertaining as their more action-packed ones.

Despite being one of the most visually-unique films in the MCU, with a promising premise, Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness ends up being divisive, with many citing how it backtracked Wanda's arc in WandaVision. It also fails to capitalize on what would have been an epic face-off between two of the most powerful magic wielders in the MCU. True to Sam Raimi's filmmaking style, however, Wanda's attack in Kamar-Taj, which includes a horrifying sequence in the mirror dimension is such a well-made scene.

Moon Knight's titular character lives with dissociative identity disorder (DID) with two alters established — Steven Grant, a mild-mannered London gift shop employee, and Marc Spector, a mercenary. The show establishes this early on, but it waits to reveal its backstory. Oscar Isaac does a phenomenal job playing both roles, but his acting prowess is on full display during Steven and Marc's trip down memory lane where the former is confronted with the reality of their life.

Iman Vellani's Kamala Khan is introduced in Ms. Marvel, which takes place in the post-Infinity Saga MCU. However, episode 5 of the Disney+ show travels back in time as it tackles the Partition of India in 1942 and how it connects to Kamala's roots. This part of Ms. Marvel tackles Aisha's story as she gets separated from her husband and child, Hasan and Sana. Part fictional and historical, the whole train station sequence is effectively executed, giving fans the feeling that they are actually there.

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It's no secret that doing Black Panther: Wakanda Forever was tricky for Marvel Studios, but somehow, director Ryan Coogler is able to come up with a solid sequel that honors Chadwick Boseman's T'Challa and sets up the future of the MCU. The film boasts a lot of great performances, but Angela Bassett is totally brilliant as Queen Ramonda, especially as she delivers a heartbreaking speech in front of the Wakandan council after Black Panther's death and Shuri's abduction

James Gunn closes out his time in the MCU with Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3, which also marks the end of the road for the original Guardians of the Galaxy roster, much like how Avengers: Endgame functioned as the swan song for the original Earth's Mightiest Heroes. For their final mission, the heroes are pitted against the High Evolutionary, who is after Rocket Raccoon. The film has many unforgettable moments, but the final group fight scene is perhaps its best. It's reminiscent of The Avengers' continuous battle shot in New York but in a more grounded way.

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