**SPOILERS AHEAD, PROCEED WITH CAUTION**
Not gonna lie, I can practically feel people vibrating out of excitement as they wait for Marvel Studios’ Avengers: Endgame to drop. I was standing next to these two dudes at the station and one of them was talking so animatedly about the movie I thought he was gonna chew through his lip. You’ve gotta have some chill, people.
Unfortunately, everyone has to wait until April 24th (aka Avengers day) to release all of that pent-up energy but don’t punch a wall just yet – you’ve still got 21 other Marvel movies to binge on before the big day.
So, in honour of the biggest cinematic event in history (not even an exaggeration), what better way to celebrate than to reflect on some highlights from the 21 movies Marvel has banged out. Full disclosure: there are far too many to count, so please don’t riot if your personal fave didn’t make the cut.
1. HEMSWORTH PLAYS A HEMSWORTH, Thor: Ragnarok
This was a stroke of meta genius. That fleeting moment in Thor: Ragnarok when Luke Hemsworth plays his IRL brother’s character in a play was a standout in a movie that was stacked with standouts.
While I’m here, can we please take a moment to appreciate Ragnarok director Taika Waititi voicing one of the funniest characters Marvel has ever produced – the beloved Korg.
2. GROOT DIES, Guardians Of The Galaxy Vol. 1
Sometimes I feel like Marvel’s on a mission to make grown adults cry on the reg.
Sweet, precious Groot was taken from us far too quickly and just when you think it’s all going to be okay when Baby Groot emerges, Marvel goes and OFFS HIM TOO. Why can’t we have nice things? R.I.P Groots plural, you couple of innocent souls.
3. CAPTAIN AMERICA HOLDING A HELICOPTER, Captain America: Civil War
I know he’s Captain America and everything, so legit preventing a helicopter from moving isn’t exactly his biggest achievement but I tell ya what – it’s the most attractive of his achievements.
Look at them guns. You can’t tell me that they didn’t include this storyline just so they could chuck Chris Evans in a tight grey shirt and make the audience uncomfortably aroused.
4. THAT HECKERS CAR-CHASE SCENE, Black Panther
Just quietly, the Black Panther album was robbed at this year’s award shows. It’s banger after banger.
And one of the bangeriest bangers to ever bang, Opps, just so happens to be the tune playing during that immense car-chase scene that features almost halfway through the film. 11/10.
5. PETER GETTING READY FOR HIS DATE, Spider-Man: Homecoming
I know this isn’t a particularly fast-paced scene and nothing blows up/nobody dies, but watching Peter Parker learn how to tie a tie with his Aunt by watching a Youtube tutorial melts my battered heart.
And yes, I’m aware that Iron Man himself makes a sneaky appearance in Spider-Man: Homecoming but c’mon, who of us hasn’t taught themselves to tie a tie by watching a tutorial? Relatable.com.
6. EVERY FIGHT SCENE EVER, Ant-Man
Ant-Man was an absolute ripper of a film, namely due to the creativity used during the fight scenes. What genius decided to make a Marvel where the protagonist has a fight on a literal Thomas The Tank Engine? I demand they be given a raise pronto.
I also demand a raise is given to whoever cast Paul Rudd as a Marvel superhero – it seemed like an obscure choice but can you imagine anyone else playing Ant-Man now? Exactly.
7. VISION OUTSHINES EVERYONE, Avengers: Age Of Ultron
Poor Thor. It must suck to lose an eye (spoiler) but losing your Mjölnir? Inconceivable. I lost my Mjölnir for a week and I was an absolute mess.
Regardless, nothing pleases me more than watching all of the Avengers attempt to lift Thor’s hammer, only to have none other than Vision casually pick it up like it’s nobody’s business. Suck it, everyone else.
8. THANOS WIPES OUT PRACTICALLY EVERYONE, Avengers: Infinity War
I’m torn about this inclusion because frankly, it was hardly a highlight of mine to watch some of my favourite characters dissolve into thin air. Thanos, what have you done? Have you no soul??
But this scene was a highlight in the sense that it was probably the moment that the entire audience was shooketh to their core – it’s hard to get an entire cinema choking on their popcorn but by god, Marvel did it. Well played you wily minx.
Okay quite honestly there’s no point trying to list ’em all otherwise I’d be typing myself to death, so let’s just go ahead and watch the latest Avengers: Endgame sneak peak:
Ooooohh babay. Mark your calendars people, Marvel Studios’ Avengers: Endgame is comin’ at ya on April 24. I’m not crying, you’re crying.
(Also friendly reminder, you can book your tickets HERE so you don’t miss opening day.)