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The Marvel Cinematic Universe’s 10 Greatest Moments

We look back at the 10 best scenes from 11 years of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, with help from the films’ directors and producers

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Thor (Chris Hemsworth) in Avengers: Endgame

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It took 23 movies, not a single snap of big blue fingers, but Marvel Studios has undeniably reshaped our pop-culture universe. As the release of Avengers: Endgame approached, we picked the top 10 Marvel Cinematic Universe moments, and enlisted the films’ creators – including Marvel Studios president Kevin Feige, Iron Man director Jon Favreau and Anthony and Joseph Russo (directors of Captain America: Civil War, Avengers: Infinity War and Avengers: Endgame) – to explain how they came to life.

Related: Read Peter Travers’ review of Avengers: Endgame


Brie Larson as CAPTAIN MARVEL Photo: Marvel Studios/Disney

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Captain Marvel Gets Up (Captain Marvel, 2019)

It started with a line from comic-book writer Kelly Sue DeConnick: “Have you ever seen a little girl run so fast she falls down? . . . In that one moment, every little girl flies.” From there, writers-directors Anna Boden and Ryan Fleck built an affecting sequence where a cornered Carol Danvers (Brie Larson) recalls all the times she fell down in her life on Earth — and then remembers that every single time, she got up again. (Alas, despite the movie’s Nineties setting, Chumbawamba’s “Tubthumping” does not begin to play.) With that realization, and the embrace of emotions she’d been told to suppress, she gains her full powers for the first time, beginning to glow from head to toe. “It’s not about never failing,” says Boden. “We’re built to fail, as humans, and pushing past that is what gives us strength. She finds strength within herself, and in embracing all the qualities that she’s been told made her less-than. I feel like that is something certainly women can relate to. I can certainly relate to it.”

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