Believe it or not, the Marvel Cinematic Universe has been going for over a decade now. There have been 22 films and a parade of characters getting their cinematic due. Iron Man, Thor, Black Panther, Captain Marvel and many more have been introduced to a new generation who utterly adores them. And while Avengers: Endgame marks the final bow for several superheroes, they’ll always live on in our hearts. Here’s 40 outstanding M.C.U. moments that are moving, saddening, hilarious, or many things at once.
40. Nick Fury makes his first appearance
The M.C.U. made after-credit scenes a vital part of the moviegoing experience for Marvel fans. And it all began back in the very first movie, Iron Man . After the credits rolled, an extra scene played involving Tony Stark. He returned to his house only to encounter Nick Fury, who informed him about something called “the Avengers Initiative.” And of course, that simple scene led audiences to the events of The Avengers.
39. Black Panther
During Black Panther, King T’Challa is hurled from a cliff by his rival Killmonger. As a result, he appears to die. But you can’t keep a good superhero down. Turns out that T’Challa was actually saved by M’Baku and his tribe. He then returns from the “dead” to challenge his enemy in style. A movie later, Black Panther “dies” once more in the Thanos Snap, but is put back when the world is set right. Cats really do have nine lives.