In honor of the start of the Summer movie season with Avengers: Infinity War this Friday, the sultry cinema sages over at Citizen Dame made a top 5 list of their favorite Marvel movie quotes. When you’re done here I highly recommend checking out the content. Admittedly, I thought there would be a few quotes there that weren’t mentioned. So here is my list. Enjoy!
Deadpool is called the Merc with a Mouth for a reason. So he has a litany of amazing lines. But, my favorite line from 2016’s Deadpool isn’t said by the eponymous character himself. Rather, my favorite line is from the equally, if not more so, verbose Vanessa, love of Deadpool’s life.
“Relax… and Happy International Women’s Day.”
Vanessa is not merely relegated to the damsel in distress trope that comic book films often rely on. Rather, she is a fully formed three dimensional character, acting as Wade Wilson’s deus ex machina. Plus, her portrayal offers the audience with the reality that women can and do enjoy sex as much if not more than men, an idea that rarely is presented in any way shape or form. This quote illustrates that perfectly.
Big Hero 6
When people think about Marvel films, they don’t often think of Big Hero 6. But despite that, it is a comic book movie based on a Marvel property, so it qualifies to be on this list. But despite its obscurity to comic book genre of film, it has a lot to offer. A sweet tale of coming to terms with loss, channeling depression and anger, and even dealing with existential reasons for living, Big Hero 6 is no lightweight. There is something of cult following, but for the most part you could be excused if this little gem flew under your radar.
“Stop whining! Woman up!”
Gogo Tomago is probably my favorite character in the film. She takes the tough female trope that we often see in comic book films, but adds a unique spin on it, making it feel more like a real person and less like fan service. Unlike her counterpart, Black Widow, she isn’t overly/unnecessarily sexualized, and example of tokenism, nor is she a strong woman simply for the sake of trying to illustrate the directors “feminist” credentials. Gogo takes the traditional mold provided for female characters in comic book properties and pushes it into a compelling, new area where few have gone before. This quote is probably the best example of that. I haven’t seen the subsequent TV show, but would be eager to see a sequel on the big screen.
Hands down, the finest comic book film ever created. Logan takes the viewer on a bleak journey akin to reading a Cormac McCarthy novel. Bleak, with the tiniest glimmer of hope on the horizon. I can’t tell you how great this film is. So if you haven’t seen it, go watch it. Like now. Don’t even finish this article. Watch Logan, then come back. I’ll wait…
Charles: They [The Munsons] need our help.
Logan: Someone will come along.
Charles: Someone HAS come along.
Patrick Stewart and Hugh Jackman have had a long journey with their portrayals of Charles Xavier and Wolverine, respectively. That character journey is epitomized by this quote. One man, trying to stay true to his ideals in a world without them, the other resisting that fight thinking it would be easier to adapt to the world around them. This is the dilemma faced by these two characters throughout their history. James Mangold’s masterpiece not only concludes that struggle, but does so in a way that lets these characters be put to rest after nearly twenty years on screen.
If you had to pick the single trait that defines the MCU, my money would be on the post-credit scene. Sure, they didn’t invent it, but they kind of made it their own. Now once the credits start to roll, I always check my phone to see if there is a post credit scene on any movie, simply because everyone is trying to copy the success the MCU has had with them. The MCU was launched in a post-credit scene. If Sam Jackson hadn’t shown up as Nick Fury at the end of Iron Man, it would be hard to say that Iron Man kicked of the encompassing universe. The MCU’s post-credit scenes do a lot. They tease the next installment, world build, offer fan service and easter eggs, and my personal favorite, they are often hilarious. Which is where this comes in.
“Hi, I’m Captain America. Here to talk to you about one of the most valuable traits a student or soldier can have. Patience. Sometimes, patience is the key to victory. Sometimes, it leads to very little, and it seems like it’s not worth it, and you wonder why you waited so long for something so disappointing… How many more of these?”
Spider-man: Homecoming offers a look into a few PSA’s that Captain America must have made prior to the events of Civil War. They are classic, they are meta, they are hilarious, and I want more. I’m hoping that line at the end, “How many more of these?”, is a prelude for more PSA’s to come.
Captain America: The Winter Soldier
Until this film, I had doubts about the MCU’s potential for longevity. Sure, they were making money hand of fist, but the movies they released were very formulaic. I was concerned that a lack of originality would spell doom for the MCU and in many ways serve as evidence by those who at the time were arguing and expanded comic book universe couldn’t work. But then I saw Captain America: The Winter Soldier. There I recognized a fundamental facet to Marvel’s approach that would save them. Up until that point, the villains in the MCU were somewhat stale. Very much what you would expect to see in a comic book geared toward kids. But then I was introduced to Donald Pierce. He was compelling. He was fleshed out. He made the film a standout of the MCU. That use of compelling villains in the story is why Thor: Ragnarok and Black Panther are such critical and box office hits. That is the reason why Iron Man 2 and Thor: The Dark World will be forgotten.
“Your work has been a gift to mankind. You shaped the century. And I need you to do it one more time. Society’s at a tipping point between order and chaos. And tomorrow morning, we’re going to give it a push. But, if you don’t do your part, I can’t do mine. And HYDRA can’t give the world the freedom it deserves.”
Alexander Pierce displays the power of belief. He isn’t a demigod, a super soldier, or maniacal genius. He is a fanatic, and worse, he is a charismatic fanatic. Similar to Ozymandias in The Watchmen, the viewer could be forgiven for thinking that Pierce wasn’t actually a bad guy. All he wanted was peace. But the means to achieve that peace are what make him so evil. He is calm, rational, and well spoken to a fault. Those weapons proved far more dangerous than Abominations super strength or Loki’s magic scepter. Alexander Pierce is so chilling to the bone because after watching the film you recognize that he is a fictional character that could easily exist in reality. And in the reality, he could easily use his charms to sway not only you, but the world to his way of thinking.
Well, that concludes my list. Any thoughts or suggestions? Anything make the list that you don’t think should have? Anything you think deserved to make the list that didn’t? Let me know.