Best Moments in the MCU: Phase Three – Part 2

In my final article, I take a look at the best moments in the remaining Phase Three films of the MCU before the arrival of 'Avengers: Endgame'!

Written by J.T. Johnson

It’s time for the final article where I take a look at the best moments featured in the MCU! This time, I take a look at the remainder of Phase Three which includes Thor’s third solo outing along with Black Panther’s important and Oscar winning debut! Then, I actually try to find the best moment in a film full of great moments in “Avengers: Infinity War”. Finally, I take a look at Ant-Man’s first direct sequel and the amazing debut of Carol Danvers, a.k.a. “Captain Marvel”!

I can’t wait to discuss these moments, so let’s just go ahead and get down to business!

THOR: RAGNAROK
What Are You the God Of Again?

Thor wrecks shop on the Rainbow Bridge after realizing his full potential!

In “Thor: Ragnarok’s” climactic moments on Asgard, Thor is subdued by Hela, his long lost sister and the goddess of death. When she reminds Thor of this, she also asks him, “What are you the god of again?” After having a heart to heart with Odin, Thor is able to channel his powers and comes alive again as the God of Thunder!

The other Asgardians are trying to escape and they are under attack on the Rainbow Bridge. While Led Zeppelin’s “Immigrant Song” blares, Thor begins to fight through Hela’s army of the dead alongside his allies including Heimdall and even his brother Loki. “Thor: Ragnarok” is a bang-for-your-buck action thrill ride and this sequence makes for a brilliant capper to one of the funnest MCU films to date!

HONORABLE MENTIONS: When the film begins, Thor breaks away from Surtur and uses Mjölnir to take out several villains. The camera focuses on the hammer as it takes out Thor’s enemies and we get a unique perspective during the battle. Also, pretty much any scene containing Jeff Goldblum’s character, the Grandmaster.

BLACK PANTHER
The Rise of a King!

T’Challa returns to reclaim his throne in ‘Black Panther’!

“Black Panther” is about two men whose fathers’ sins have come back to haunt the both of them. T’Challa is now the king of Wakanda after the events of “Captain America: Civil War”. Soon, though, his claim to the throne is challenged by Killmonger, a person with a dark history deeply tied to Wakanda.

Killmonger defeats T’Challa and leaves the king for dead while taking over Wakanda. Killmonger wants to use Wakandan weapons to take over the world. Eventually, the true Black Panther returns and with the help of his allies, Black Panther takes on Killmonger in an amazing final battle that will decide the fate of the entire kingdom.

It also ends with a wonderful final moment between T’Challa and Killmonger that reminds us that while Killmonger is a monster, he has a realistic reason for doing what he is doing. Also, his side of the argument is not entirely invalid as it is time for Wakanda to take a larger part in world affairs, but T’Challa will do what he can to work with the rest of the world rather than conquer it.

HONORABLE MENTION: Pretty much any scene featuring Letitia Wright as Shuri, T’Challa’s sister that also acts as his weapons and technological expert. Wright damn near steals the show in every scene that she is in and I’m looking forward to seeing her in future films just as much as I am the Black Panther himself.

AVENGERS: INFINITY WAR
The Snap Heard Around the Universe!

Tony sits alone, stunned after witnessing Spider-Man die in his arms.

Um… Can I just choose the entire movie for this one? Seriously, pretty much all of “Avengers: Infinity War” is a fantastic ride filled with one great moment after another. Yet, after sitting here and thinking about it for a moment, I think there is one moment that stands above the rest, not only because it is a shocking and memorable moment, but because it is an important one.

We all knew going in that “Infinity War” was the beginning of a two-part “Avengers” story, meant to cap off a 22 film series that is now being called “The Infinity Saga”. However, we can’t get to the events of the upcoming “Avengers: Endgame” without our superheroes ultimately failing in their quest to stop Thanos.

Throughout the film, the Mad Titan has gotten all of the Infinity Stones and put them into the Infinity Gauntlet. Even though Thor impales Thanos in the chest shortly after getting all the stones, it’s not enough to stop Thanos from snapping his fingers and taking out half of all life in the Universe to fulfill his eco-terrorist plot. This shockingly includes several of our favorite superheroes and allies turning to dust before our very eyes, including most of the Guardians of the Galaxy, Black Panther, Nick Fury, Bucky Barnes, Sam Wilson and Spider-Man.

“Endgame” will see all of our original Avengers and some of the remaining allies coming together to try and rectify this infamous snap, but the loss is sure to impact the team moving forward. This is the first real time that they’ve lost so completely and it sets the stage for what is sure to be an epic conclusion!

HONORABLE MENTION: The rest of the film.

ANT-MAN AND THE WASP
Fourth Grade Ant-Man

Scott Lang admires his trophy while trying to humorously recover the original Ant-Man costume.

In “Ant-Man and the Wasp”, Scott Lang’s new Ant-Man suit keeps malfunctioning and he ends up in undesired shapes and sizes. In one section of the film, he must infiltrate his daughter’s school to retrieve the old Ant-Man suit. In order to do this, though, he must disguise the fact that he’s Ant-Man by putting on a hoodie and disguising himself as a young kid.

Not only is this hilarious by itself, but it was also funny when Hope and Hank also give Scott grief over this. The Ant-Man films are designed to be lighter superhero films with plenty of humor and this scene epitomizes that mission.

HONORABLE MENTION: The opening with Scott going through a makeshift maze with his daughter Cassie is adorable and shows the true stakes for what he fights for. Also, it is a truth serum.

CAPTAIN MARVEL
Higher, Further, Faster!

Carol Danvers no longer has one hand tied behind her back in ‘Captain Marvel’!

“Captain Marvel” is Carol Danvers’ first adventure in the MCU set in 1995 and we watch her as she pieces together her past to see how she became Captain Marvel in the first place. By the end of the film, though, she discovers that she is being controlled by the Kree. This is so that they can harness the power she absorbed from an experimental engine that also got its power from the Tesseract.

Not long after this discovery, though, Carol realizes her full potential and she comes to life. While trying to protect Earth from the Kree that has arrived to destroy Earth to get to the Skrulls, Captain Marvel then proceeds to wreck shop, destroying every ship in her path. Soon, though, the remaining Kree decide to retreat because they know that Earth now has a powerful new champion and the audience knows that the MCU has one of the greatest heroes in Marvel’s lineup!

HONORABLE MENTIONS: Pretty much every 1990s reference makes me happy due to having grown up in that decade. It’s a pretty fun nostalgia ride but, thankfully, it never overdoes it. Oh, and young Nick Fury! Seriously, Marvel has gotten really good at de-aging their older actors.

Also, Goose. This cat seriously stole the show at certain points in the movie.

With that, I have finally concluded this series and now I’m ready for “Avengers: Endgame” more than ever! The MCU is still going strong and it doesn’t look like there’s any end in sight soon, so until next time, get out there and watch some Marvel movies before April 26 finally arrives!

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