Since 2008, #Marvel has treated us to some great moments and memorable quotes from its movie characters. These characters have matured tremendously over the years; certain moments have swerved their story arcs dramatically and shaped who they are now. Here are the five quotes that have had the greatest impact on Marvel characters and changed who they were forever.
1. "Taking Their Lives Will Gain You Nothing. So Take Mine And End This." - Thor to Loki, Thor (2011)
In the first #Thor film, we meet a Thor Odinson known more for his selfish acts and lack of humility than any sort of nobility. So his father, Odin, casts him out, claiming he isn’t worthy to wield the hammer Mjolnir, nor godly powers.
Thor has to prove that he has what it takes to be a true leader, and that means putting others ahead of himself. This quote is the moment he finally does what he should have done all along. He finally apologizes to his brother, #Loki, and offers up his own life as a sacrifice rather than the humans. Odin recognizes this newly-found humility in his son and allows Mjolnir to return to Thor now that he has proven his worth. From that moment on, Thor is a god as concerned with the greater good and one day ruling his people wisely than being overeager to grab the throne of the king.
2. "When You Step Out That Door, You're An Avenger." - Hawkeye to Wanda Maximoff, Avengers: Age Of Ultron (2015)
The scene above was the defining moment for this future Avenger. Before it, both Wanda and her brother, Pietro, held a grudge against Tony Stark (and by extension, the Avengers), for one of his weapons accidentally killing their parents. After learning Ultron’s true plan in Avengers: Age of Ultron, Scarlet Witch decided to fight against him and join the Avengers. However, to become one, she has to leave the past behind her and set her fear aside.
What Hawkeye is really saying to her is that that's what it takes to be an Avenger; to fight for what’s right, no matter the cost. Wanda knows that the rest of her life will be decided by her actions then: To let go of the baggage, grow up, and fight on the side of good? Or to do the easy thing and stay hiding in the shelter? She chose the former and it's made all the difference.
3. "Cut Off One Head, Two More Shall Take Its Place." -Dr. Arnim Zola to Steve Rogers & Natasha Romanoff, Captain America: The Winter Soldier (2014)
Though Steve Rogers and Natasha Romanoff already know something has gone very wrong within S.H.I.E.L.D., it isn’t until this very moment that Cap and Black Widow learn the full extent of just how deeply HYDRA has influenced S.H.I.E.L.D.'s actions throughout history.
From this point on, they don’t know who to trust, including their own allies. With S.H.I.E.L.D. having betrayed everything they stood for, it changes both heroes profoundly. For Natasha, it's a reckoning; she finally decides to put all her black books out there for the world to see, vowing to atone for her sins. Steve Rogers is fundamentally shaken, learning that he can't trust those in authority and that men with power often use it for evil when they believe themselves to be doing good.
4. "His Name Was Charlie Spencer. You Murdered Him." Miriam to Tony Stark, Captain America: Civil War (2016)
This brief conversation changes Tony Stark’s life forever. Aware that Ultron was his fault and that the Avengers should be blamed for their destruction after Sokovia, this sealed the deal for him. Tony cuts a deal with the government, drafting up the Sokovia Accords. It drives a greater wedge between him and Steve Rogers, who knows that the Accords will tie the Avengers' hands when the team is needed most. Tony's fatal flaw is that he'll cross lines that shouldn't be crossed without even realizing it; he only sees the path ahead of him instead of the whole picture. Without meaning to, Miriam set him on the road to civil war with his former teammates.
5. "It's Not About You." - The Ancient One to Stephen Strange, Doctor Strange (2016)
This is the pivotal scene in #DoctorStrange in terms of his growth. Shortly before the Ancient One dies, she tells Stephen Strange how much goodness is within him, but also that the thing keeping him from greatness are his arrogance and fear.
Though she is trying to teach him, Strange cannot help but question her in his arrogance. What she says next is something that cuts right to the heart of the character that is the yet-to-evolve Dr. Stephen Strange: "It's not about you." Like Thor, Strange must learn to let go of who he wants to be and embrace who he is. Once he starts learning that he is but a small puzzle piece in the vastness of time and space, he gains the perspective and humility needed to fully learn the mystic arts and become the Sorcerer Supreme.
Do you agree with my list? What other scenes can you think of that had impactful moments on certain characters? Share your thoughts in the comment section below!