The most emotional scenes in the MCU aren't always the moments immediately following a character's end (although those always hit hard). Sometimes, the truly emotional scenes are the quiet ones where a character finally reveals their true selves to the audience - the scenes in which a prickly or defensive superhero finally lets their guard down, and the audience truly wishes they could step through the screen and offer them some small sense of comfort.
The MCU is filled to the brim with tragic moments and heroes - characters who put their lives on the line so others can have another chance at life. Most of the time, the Avengers and other MCU heavyweights are great at putting up a front of bravado and humor. However, there are certain scenes throughout the franchise where the bravado cracks just enough to see the broken hearts hiding inside them.
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In both Guardians movies, Drax reliably serves as comedic relief. Everyone remembers his jokes, but those same jokes can make it easy to forget how much pain is living inside him.
One of Drax's most heartfelt moments is when he opens up to his new friend Mantis. The conversation begins with typical Drax comedy when he innocently calls Mantis an ugly pet, but it quickly takes a dark turn. Drax tells Mantis how she reminds him of his daughter, and she reaches out a hand to comfort him. This touch causes her empathy powers to activate, and the pain inside Drax instantaneously makes Mantis weep.85035Needed a hug?
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Happy Hogan stayed by Tony's side from the very first days of the MCU. They had a genuine bond, which is why it was especially hard to watch Happy at Tony's funeral. Despite all the emotions at play, the way Happy handled his grief made him all that more loveable as a character. Instead of spending time wallowing in his own sadness (which would have been perfectly acceptable), Happy decided to look out for those who needed him now that Tony was gone.
Specifically, Happy spent his time at the service comforting Tony's daughter and promising to get her "all the cheeseburgers" she wanted. It was nice to watch Happy be there for someone else, but it definitely made fans wish they could have been there for him.92748Needed a hug?
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Thor losing his nerve and hiding out to play video games in Endgame is no surprise after seeing the Norse god start to fray during Infinity War. Thor holds his head up high and trudges on for much of the film, but there is a deep sadness brewing underneath his muscles.
Rocket and Groot briefly glimpse Thor's simmering sadness while the trio are on their way to forge a weapon worthy of defeating Thanos. During the trip, Thor starts talking about everything and everyone he's lost. First, he speaks of losing his brother, then his father, his mother, and his best friend. Thor's a character known for his power, so it's hard to watch him in a state of despair like this. A hug at that moment may have prevented his backslide in Endgame, to be honest.65128Needed a hug?
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It's been a subject of debate - both in-universe and among fans - as to how responsible Bucky Barnes should feel about his transgressions as the Winter Soldier. While it's easy to say from the outside that Bucky Barnes was brainwashed and not in control of his actions, it's much harder to confront the human effects when emotions get involved. At the end of the day, Bucky Barnes has to live with the fact that it was his hand pulling the trigger so many times over the years, forcing innocent people's loved ones to live with the grief he caused.
In The Falcon and the Winter Soldier, Bucky Barnes initially seems to find a friend in an elderly New Yorker who reminds him of his youth in the '40s. However, a dark shadow falls upon their relationship after the audience discovers that Bucky sought out the man because he felt guilty about killing his son as the Winter Soldier. Eventually, Bucky comes clean to his friend Yori and tells him about what happened to his son. It's a moment of truth for Bucky, but also a moment filled with sorrow, since Bucky knows he is both hurting and losing one of the few friends he has.61555Needed a hug?