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Tearjerker Moments in the Marvel Cinematic Universe

As I recently said on social media: “Marvel movies aren’t exactly where I get my emotional sledgehammers from, but there’s a (spoiler-free) line from Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness that has been lingering in my mind and heart, for obvious reasons…” Beyond my personal reasons for being taken by it, the MCU’s latest is a slyly emotional film. Now, while Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness has other main designs, it got me thinking about when Marvel has gone for the emotions. Believe it or not, there have even been times where the superhero flicks have had tearjerker worthy moments. Today, I want to run down just a few of them.

Below, you can see five of my selections for Marvel tearjerker moments. There are certainly more to be found, but these are the ones that immediately sprung to mine for me. I’m including television as well as film, since WandaVision contains perhaps the most devastating one of them all. Your mileage may vary though, so be sure to chime in with your picks too…

Here now are some of the moments from the MCU that have made folks, perhaps even myself, tear up:

“What is grief is not love persevering?” from WandaVision – This is the big one, of course. Was WandaVision where I expected to hear a profound meditation of grieving and love? No, but there it was, nonetheless. It doesn’t even require any commentary, just let the immense power of the line wash over you. I still get chills.

“I love you in every universe” from Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness – The inspiration for this piece, Stephen Strange’s declaration to Christine Palmer fits for the character, but it also just wrecks anyone who feels the weight of the line. It’s a doozy. When you see the film, you’ll understand why.

Tony Stark’s sacrifice and funeral in Avengers: Endgame – Of course, one of the major moments in Avengers: Endgame is Tony Stark’s sacrifice. Along with his funeral, it was a time for many Marvel fans to let loose with the emotions. Seeing everyone there to pay their respects, it was subdued, but immensely effective.

Peter Parker’s pleading not to go in Avengers: Infinity War – As the shockwaves of the snap reverberate through the world, the one that really gets audiences is Tom Holland‘s Peter Parker/Spider-Man. Why? Well, besides his age, it’s the pleading he makes to Iron Man, begging not to go. It’s positively haunting, even if it wasn’t long-lasting.

Andrew Garfield’s reaction to saving MJ in Spider-Man: No Way Home – Last but certainly not least, leave it to the MCU to right a wrong. Andrew Garfield‘s Spider-Man saves Zendaya‘s Mary Jane, allowing that Peter Parker to let the weight of a past failure go. Not only is it a brilliant bit of fan service, it just does right by a character who could really have used it. The look on his face right after says it all.

Are there any Marvel moments that make you cry? Let us know!


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Written by Joey Magidson

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