Fans of the Marvel Cinematic Universe are still recovering from the shocking ending of Avengers: Infinity War, in which Thanos snapped the fingers of the Infinity Gauntlet and wiped out half of all life in the universe - superheroes included. The Marvel shared universe was already no stranger to tragic events, but Infinity War has now even seemingly happy moments from past movies seem sad in hindsight.
One of the reasons fans have grown to love the MCU is because their superhero characters remain quintessentially human. They learn, grow, change, make mistakes, and try harder. Sometimes, despite their best intentions and their greatest efforts, it just isn't enough, as they found out when they went up against the genocidal ambitions of Thanos. Therefore, a great many issues the heroes have with each other now remain unresolved or have ended in catastrophe. YouTuber Gaby George has assembled a supercut of scenes from past movies that are extra sad in hindsight, and we've added a few of our own.
- This Page: The Avengers' Saddest Moments
- Page 2: The Guardians and Thor's Saddest Moments
Tony Stark and Peter Parker's Relationship
Tony Stark is recognized as the Earth's foremost superhero though many, including some of his fellow heroes after the breakup of the Avengers in Captain America: Civil War, see him in a different light. While Tony certainly has his faults, one of the ways he has discovered a better part of himself is in his mentorship of Peter Parker. Tony recruited Peter to fight alongside Team Iron Man in Civil War, but he was quietly impressed with the young hero's earnest desire to do good. He was also flattered with Spider-Man's hero worship and desire to prove himself worthy of being an Avenger, but to Stark's credit and Parker's chagrin, he was careful not to rush the teenager and sought to shield him from the worst parts of being a superhero responsible for the safety of the world.
Tony was clearly fond of Peter though. Despite the web-slinger disobeying his instructions in Spider-Man: Homecoming, the billionaire was always impressed with Peter's character and desire to do the right thing. Stark, an irresponsible, self-involved, womanizing bachelor for most of his life, had never mentored a young person before, and it was evident he enjoyed playing the master to Spider-Man's apprentice. Tony just plain liked and admired the kid, even if he sometimes feigned otherwise.
Iron Man's desire to protect Spider-Man in Infinity War was tied to his great fear that somehow young Parker would die under his watch - a fear that came true after Thanos's finger snap. Spider-Man faded to dust while Tony watched is probably the most heartbreaking death scene in the film - and that's saying something.
Tony's Vision in Age of Ultron
Infinity War can be seen as the culmination of Tony Stark's worst nightmare. In Avengers: Age of Ultron, Scarlet Witch showed Stark a vision of the Avengers dead as the Earth was overrun by alien conquerers. Tony carried this fear for six years, until Thanos made it manifest. The billionaire Avenger even discussed his dread with Nick Fury in a private moment at Hawkeye's farm, where Fury observed that Stark's guilt isn't just that people who rely on him will die on his watch, but also that he will survive. That is now the reality Tony Stark has to live with.
T'Challa Opens Wakanda To The World
A great deal of the conflict in Black Panther centered around what Wakanda's place in the world would be. King T'Challa struggled with the idea of ending the African nation's isolationism and taking its place upon the world stage as a force for good. This conflict was exacerbated by the brief reign of Erik Killmonger and his plans to use Wakanda's Vibranium weapons to bring the world to heel. In the end, T'Challa stood in front of the United Nations and revealed Wakanda's true face to the world, opening his nation's borders and beginning outreach for education and technological support.
Unfortunately, T'Challa's generosity ended up bringing doom to Wakanda's borders. The Avengers bringing Vision and the Mind Stone to Wakanda opened his kingdom to attack by Thanos and the Black Order. Ultimately, the Avengers failed to stop Thanos from taking the Mind Stone and killing Vision. Once Thanos completed the Infinity Gauntlet, he killed half of all life in the universe, including King T'Challa. Of course, Thanos' victory would have killed T'Challa regardless, but at least Wakanda might have been spared the destruction the aliens visited upon their kingdom. As it is, Wakanda's good intentions went up in clouds of dust.
Steve and Bucky's End of the Line
"I'm with you 'til the end of the line" is the promise Steve Rogers and Bucky Barnes have made to each other since the 1940s. Both have held true to that and to each other despite unimaginable circumstances. Indeed, much of Captain America's actions have been driven by him trying to do right by Bucky. Even when Barnes was the Winter Soldier, programmed to kill, Rogers never wavered from his correct belief that his best friend could be and deserved to be saved.
Now healed of his brainwashing thanks to Shuri, Bucky fought alongside the Avengers to protect Wakanda and the Mind Stone from the Children of Thanos. But the Steve and Bucky bromance ultimately collapsed in a cloud of dust when Thanos snapped his fingers, leaving a forlorn Steve to wonder "What happened?" Infinity War was, sadly, the end of the line.
- Ant-Man & The Wasp (2018) release date: Jul 06, 2018
- Captain Marvel (2019) release date: Mar 08, 2019
- The Avengers 4 / Avengers: Endgame (2019) release date: Apr 26, 2019
- Spider-Man: Far From Home (2019) release date: Jul 05, 2019