Short but sweet
Not everyone in the Marvel Cinematic Universe has the means to use a high-tech suit of armor, a mythical hammer, or a vibranium shield. But whether or not they're superheroes, everyone seems to possess the power of the mighty one-liner. Marvel flicks are known for their intense action and flashy special effects, but they've also delighted audiences with some incredibly witty, down-to-earth lines of dialogue, including some classic quips you'll be quoting long after you leave the theater. To pay tribute to all those little gems that add levity to the superhero lifestyle, we've collected our favorite Marvel movie one-liners in one place.
To clarify, these are all movies from Marvel Studios, so you won't find any Deadpool, X-Men, or Fantastic Four quotes here. With that, let's dive into these lovable bits of banter that help humanize hero and villain alike. See if you remember these lines as vividly as we do - and if you don't, we've included some context to make them almost as effective as they are in the films.
What an entrance, Captain America: Civil War (2016)
The setup: Iron Man is ready to deploy his secret weapon in the standoff against Captain America and his cohorts. With a shout of "Underoos!" he calls in a familiar neighborhood webslinger to snatch up Cap's shields in impressive fashion.
The one-liner: Spider-Man - "Hey everyone!"
Why it's Marvel-lous: THERE HE IS! IT'S THE NEW SPIDER-MAN, IN AN AVENGERS MOVIE, AND HE SPOKE! This one crossover moment elevated the Internet's hype levels to astronomical heights. Just imagine the impact of seeing it unspoiled in the theaters rather than the trailer.
Motivational speeches Cap style, Avengers: Age of Ultron (2015)
The setup: This is it: the last stand against Ultron (James Spader) and his clone army, with the fictitious country of Sokovia (suspended in the sky by rockets) serving as the battleground. As the fight rages on, Steve Rogers (Chris Evans) pumps up his teammates with some reassuring words of inspiration.
The one-liner: Rogers - "You get hurt, hurt 'em back. You get killed... walk it off."
Why it's Marvel-lous: This is yet another illustration of Captain America's qualities as a natural-born leader, wrapping up encouragement, bravery, and light-heartedness into a single statement.
Fearless, Ant-Man (2015)
The setup: Scott Lang (Paul Rudd) has acclimated to the Ant-Man suit, and it's time he finally show his heist-assisting buddies what he can do. Lang warns them not to freak out, saying that "Things are gonna get weird", but his main man Luis (Michael Pena) is apparently ready for anything.
The one-liner: Luis - "Oh, no no. Daddy don't get scared."
Why it's Marvel-lous: It's the best of Pena's hilariously quotable lines, which all reinforce the fun of Ant-Man working with a team of quirky regular Joes before those superpowered heroes recruited him. It's made all the better when Luis screams in fright at the sight of a tiny Lang chilling on his shoulder.
If you want something done right, Avengers: Age of Ultron (2015)
The setup: The Avengers have vanquished Ultron and once again saved the day - but in classic Marvel fashion, a bigger threat looms in the end-credits stinger. We see a close-up of a familiar golden gauntlet, as Thanos (Josh Brolin) suits up the last piece of his majestic armor.
The one-liner: Thanos - "Fine. I'll do it myself."
Why it's Marvel-lous: Not only is this a glorious look at what will eventually become the crucially important Infinity Gauntlet (the core of the future Avengers sequels) - it's also another great glimpse at Brolin's imposing, sinister portrayal of the almighty purple brute Thanos.
Eager student, Doctor Strange (2016)
The setup: Dr. Stephen Strange (Benedict Cumberbatch) has just been offered a glimpse into the many magical realities that exist parallel to our own, courtesy of the all-powerful Ancient One (Tilda Swinton). While still processing his astral projection and the fantastical visions he's just witnessed, Strange looks up to the Ancient One with the utmost respect and makes a single request.
The one-liner: Strange - "Teach me!"
Why it's Marvel-lous: Comic readers are accustomed to the Sorcerer Supreme having near-limitless power and knowledge, but to watch him take the first step on the path to magical mastery makes for a very special moment.
Good point, Avengers: Age of Ultron (2015)
The setup: In the tranquil, true final battle from Age of Ultron, Vision (Paul Bettany) and the last remaining droid copy of Ultron discuss humanity's worth, robot to robot. Realizing that Vision will never see things his way, Ultron contemptuously tells him "You're unbelievably naive." To which Vision calmly responds...
The one-liner: Vision - "Well, I was born yesterday."
Why it's Marvel-lous: This one poignant, witty line is enough to set Ultron off before he's quickly reduced to scrap metal, while letting audiences instantly empathize with Vision's complex, still-developing worldview.
Owned, Ant-Man (2015)
The setup: Frustrated that the original Ant-Man Hank Pym (Michael Douglas) won't share the Pym Particles technology, S.H.I.E.L.D.'s Mitchell Carson (Martin Donovan) makes a tasteless remark about Pym's deceased wife. Understandably, Pym punches him in the face and storms out. Carson is still upset that he won't cooperate, but Howard Stark (John Slattery) warns him not to press the issue.
The one-liner: Stark - "He just kicked your ass, full-size. You really want to find out what it's like when you can't see him coming?"
Why it's Marvel-lous: Slattery's delivery is so on-point, instantly putting Carson in his place. And don't feel bad for Carson - turns out he was a defector working for Hydra.
Just curious, Avengers: Age of Ultron (2015)
The setup: Bruce Banner (Mark Ruffalo) asks Dr. Helen Cho (Claudia Kim) if she'd like to tag along to a party at Avengers Tower. Cho declines, saying she's too busy... but there's one thing that might make her reconsider.
The one-liner: Cho - "Is Thor going to be there?"
Why it's Marvel-lous: It's a charming bit of flirty humor from a tertiary character, just for the fun of it. And really, who could blame Dr. Cho. Have you seen Thor?!
BFFs, Captain America: Civil War (2016)
The setup: In one of the most recent TV spots for Captain America: Civil War, we get a glimpse of the hero-vs-hero matchups - including Clint Barton (Jeremy Renner) squaring off against Natasha Romanoff. Despite the fact that he's got her in a chokehold, Black Widow wants to make sure that she and Hawkeye are cool.
The one-liner: Romanoff - "Are we still friends?"
Why it's Marvel-lous: This line - along with Barton's cheeky reply of "Depends on how hard you hit me" - adds a moment of playfulness to an otherwise dire conflict. In other words: classic Marvel movie one-liner.