The 10 Best Monologues In The MCU

  • MCU monologues provide powerful insights, making characters more relatable and adding depth to the superhero narrative.
  • Memorable lines shape character arcs, such as Tony Stark's truth-telling or Wanda's transformation into Scarlet Witch in WandaVision.
  • MCU's mix of wit, emotion, and action showcases diverse monologues, from motivation like Nick Fury's to reflection like Zemo's reasoning.
The Marvel Cinematic Universe is chock-full of quotable and poignant dialogue, with the superhero series managing to create a selection of monologues that can have a range of effects on audiences. Comedic wisecracking is as common in the franchise as emotive and heartwrenching statements, and the MCU has done well to keep a careful tonal balance that ensures audiences are impacted by the characters and moments of its installments in a variety of ways - something upcoming MCU releases will have to contend with as they expand the Marvel multiverse yet further.
Between the delivery of the dialogue and the weight of what's being said, few other superhero movies outside of the MCU can compete with the movies' monologues. From Tony Stark's big Iron Man announcement to Hawkeye motivating Wanda to become an Avenger, many of the heroes' words pack as much of a punch as their fists do on the battlefield. Over the course of the 16 years the MCU timeline has currently been in motion, it's provided some of the best superhero monologues to date, ensuring laughs and tears along the way.
Related Every Marvel Cinematic Universe Movie Ranked Worst To Best Over 15 years and 33 movies, the Marvel Cinematic Universe movies have redefined blockbuster cinema. But how do all the films stack up? Tony Stark's Final Words In Iron Man Iron Man (2008) Close When Tony Stark is forced to speak to the press about the events that unfolded in Iron Man, he starts to give a speech about how he can't possibly be the superhero that the whole world saw on the TV sets. But after a moment of introspection, he comes out and tells the truth, resulting in one of the defining moments of Marvel's movie franchise.
It's easy to forget that there's a whole monologue before Tony says, "I am Iron Man," as it's one of the iconic quotes of the entire MCU. But the whole speech is exciting because audiences are wondering if he'll actually come clean and say it or not. As such, the monologue into the reveal marks one of the most exciting moments in superhero movie history to this day, as no superhero had ever revealed their true identity like that on-screen - at least not in a way that is so self-confident and aggrandizing.
When Wanda Becomes Scarlet Witch In WandaVision WandaVision (2021) While Wanda's official transformation into the Scarlet Witch in WandaVision was criticized by some because it, yet again, saw two adversaries with the exact same powers going up against each other, this was the first time fans truly saw what Wanda was capable of, making it a major moment for the Marvel TV show. WandaVision excelled in two areas most prominently - characterizing Wanda herself, and providing dramatic and poignant lines like "what is grief but love persevering," and Wanda's final monologue is a prime example of both.
In the climactic WandaVision fight, Wanda and Agatha fight in the sky inside the forcefield in WandaVision, and right before Agatha loses everything, Wanda gives an elegant speech that puts everything into context, showing both the character's development over the course of the MCU, and her tumultuous feelings over everything she's been through since audiences her first introduced to her. The monologue ends with the line, "I don't need you to tell me who I am," which perfectly sums up what the show was all about and completes Wanda's full transition into the Scarlet Witch.
Nick Fury's Motivational Skills In The Avengers The Avengers (2012) The iconic team of Marvel superheroes didn't exactly get off to the best start in The Avengers. Almost every one of them had beef with one another, and it wasn't helped by S.H.I.E.L.D. leaving them in the dark about their plans for the Tesseract. At their lowest point, they needed a little motivation, and nobody but Nick Fury could have said exactly what they needed to hear at that moment.
Fury essentially tells the heroes that beating Loki is all on them, but that they need to work together. Not only that, but the monologue doubles as a eulogy for Agent Coulson too, as Fury ends by saying, "Phil Coulson died still believing in that idea. In heroes. Well, it's a good old-fashioned notion." Years later, this moment is all the more impactful, as the Avengers went on to face many colossal threats side by side arguably because these words first brought them properly together.
Zemo's Reasoning In Captain America: Civil War Captain America: Civil War (2016) Close Up to this point in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, the superheroes have been portrayed as nothing but saviors, but there are two sides to every coin. Captain America: Civil War is the first time that fans got to see that the Avengers Initiative might have its cons.
No character put this concept more eloquently than the actual antagonist of the movie. Zemo goes into detail about how if it wasn't for the Avengers, his parents would still be alive, and so would many other parents and children. The monologue is heartfelt and powerful, and while it comes from a villain, it allows audiences to consider the real-world ramifications of the events they've seen in the MCU so far on other people who aren't heroes, both making the world feel more grounded and making the stakes feel more complicated and uncertain for Marvel's protagonists.
The Mandarin's Threat In Iron Man 3 Iron Man 3 (2013) The Mandarin's monologue in Iron Man 3 begins with the villain saying, "I consider myself a teacher," and what follows is a confession of all the terrorist attacks he spearheaded and a threat to the President's life. Uncut, the monologue clocks in at four minutes, and every second is captivating.
Though the reveal that the villain is nothing more than a classically trained theater actor called Trevor was polarizing, the whole fake-out angle makes the monologue that much more fascinating. Ultimately, the scene feels drastically different when watching it for the first time to when rewatching it, which both adds dimension to the movie, and makes its plotlines feel more multi-faceted than audiences may otherwise have been expecting from a less gritty superhero franchise.
Sam Lectures The Senator In The Falcon And The Winter Soldier The Falcon & The Winter Soldier (2021) As there wasn't a new MCU movie in two years between 2019 to 2021 - with Black Widow being the next film to release after 2019's Spider-Man: Far From Home - The Falcon and the Winter Soldier came the closest to filling that void. More than Loki and WandaVision, the show was full of that MCU humor and explosive action scenes, but it had just as much heart too. That reached boiling point in the very last scene in the series, as Sam, now Captain America, gave an impassioned speech to the senator.
The monologue is so many things bundled into one package. Sam tackles the idea that it's the senator who is the terrorist, not the Flag Smashers, but more importantly, talks about how it feels to be Captain America as a Black man. The monologue was Sam's arguably most heroic moment as Captain America so far, and sets a promising stage for his future, as his tenure in the hero mantle has only just begun.
When Loki Gets Cut Off In The Avengers The Avengers (2012) When talking about monologues, it's hard to know exactly how long a body of dialogue is enough to warrant the title. But in The Avengers, the trope of the evil villain giving a grandiose speech gets hilariously flipped on its head, quite literally, establishing the MCU's playful use and subversion of action and superhero movie tropes early on.
When he's cornered, Loki goes into monologue mode, but it gets cut short. The speech ends with Loki saying, "I am a god, you dull creature, and I will not be bullied by a-" before getting smashed back and forth on the floor by Hulk. This effectively showed that the franchise wasn't there to take itself too seriously, blending the comedy, drama, and action of the MCU together effectively.
Gamora's Last Words In Avengers: Infinity War Avengers: Infinity War (2018) Close In order to retrieve the Soul Stone in Avengers: Infinity War, Thanos has to kill somebody he loves - something he tells Gamora when he brings her to Vormir. Gamora immediately laughs to herself before going off on a diatribe about how much of a terrible father the purple alien is.
The monologue was poetic because after telling Thanos how he can't possibly love anything, he proves how wrong Gamora is by killing her, showing that he does in fact love her, but was still willing to sacrifice her. The emotional weight to this - and the insight it gives into the MCU's most imposing and calculated villain - makes the pair's final interaction one of the most heartbreaking and bittersweet scenes in the entire universe.
Thanos's Intro In Avengers: Infinity War Avengers: Infinity War (2018) Infinity War opens with Thanos giving a monologue with his back to Loki. The scene both sets up Thanos' villainous schemes and makes it clear that many major Marvel characters are going to die along the way.
Notably, Thanos starts this speech by saying, "I know what it's like to lose." establishing that his motivations are born out of his past "losses", and also that on some odd level, he does empathize with those he goes against. This almost compassionate aspect of the monologue is swiftly countered by the slaughter of Loki and the deaths of innocent Asgardians, though, proving that Thanos is a truly ruthless figure, and ensuring audiences are on the edge of their seat from the start of the film onwards.
Clint's Motivational Speech To Wanda In Avengers: Age Of Ultron Avengers: Age Of Ultron (2015) Avengers: Age of Ultron might not be the best MCU movie, by any means, but it still features that classic banter between the characters. But one of the greatest pieces of dialogue from the film is surprising, as it comes from the person fans would least expect.
In a monologue to Wanda, Clint is able to poke fun at himself, as he openly admits, "The city is flying, we're fighting an army of robots, and I have a bow and arrow." But at the same time, he's able to explain to Wanda very seriously that it's a kill or be killed situation, and it started one of the best and most overlooked MCU relationships in the series. The moment is also emblemic of the human moments between unlikely characters that make the franchise so beloved, and draws it closer to the infinite possibilities of the Marvel comic universe.


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