18 Most Heartbreaking Moments In The MCU (So Far)

There's something in my eye... wait, yep, it's tears.

Avengers Infinity War Tony Stark
Marvel Studios

If there's one thing the MCU has achieved as a franchise, it's crushing souls - in the best way possible, of course. The emotional beats each film hits have pulled a few tears out of even the most hardened of audiences, and in the past decade, there have been quite a few moments that have achieved certified tear-jerker status in Marvel's filmography.

Not all of them were deaths (but, let's be real, most were), which speaks to Marvel's ability to build up and pay off fans' emotional investment in what are essentially fictional characters, living in a world full of aliens and silly costumes and a man who turns green when he's angry. Audiences have been with these characters for a decade now, and it's easy to feel their pain as naturally as one's own without the filmmakers needing to resort to cheap tricks; stoic, single-tear actor cries, conveniently sharing your mother's name with the guy you're punching, or otherwise.

Here are some of the most emotional, painful, heartbreaking, and tear-jerking moments in the MCU so far, counting from the first Iron Man all the way to Infinity War.

Which is to say, SPOILERS FOR INFINITY WAR are included in this list, along with every single MCU film before it.


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