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14 Times The MCU Made Memorable Moments Out Of Exposition Dumps

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List RulesVote up the MCU scenes that make heavy exposition surprisingly entertaining.

The most memorable Marvel scenes typically feature intense fights or large set pieces. But occasionally, in their best moments, the minds behind the MCU can take the typically boring exposition dumps prominent in action movies and turn them into insanely entertaining pieces of cinema. 

A common trick to make a long piece of exposition more interesting is to have the lines delivered by any one of the MCU's incredibly overqualified actors. MCU montages of clips that help visualize the idea being described are another way the filmmakers keep things interesting. Whatever methods they choose to employ, the minds behind the MCU have proven time and time again that they can make even the most boring of explanations entertaining.

  • After searching the world over for a cure for his damaged hands, Stephen Strange makes his way to Kamar-Taj where he meets the Ancient One. After being served a cup of tea, the always entertaining Tilda Swinton keeps Strange on his toes as she explains how she "healed" Pangborn. While Strange tries to guess what medical technique the Ancient One is using to heal those who come to her, she keeps offering up vague pieces of exposition as to how she actually does it.

    But, of course, Strange doesn't catch on until she flat out shows him by punching his astral form out of his body. 

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    Like any show about time travel, Loki is burdened with explaining a lot of sci-fi jargon to its audience so the show can make some amount of sense. Luckily, Loki has Miss Minutes, whose job it is to "catch you up before you stand trial for your crimes." 

    Miss Minutes tells her story of the sacred timeline over retro cartoon visuals. Both the visuals and Miss Minutes's voice (voiced by the prolific Tara Strong) are light and fun, which make for an immensely entertaining watch, and also provide an intriguing contrast to the dark subject matter. 

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    Hela Informing Skurge Of Asgard's Real History In 'Thor: Ragnarok'

    After conquering Asgard, Hela takes a walk down memory lane with her new pet Skurge. In the throne room, Hela destroys a mural on the ceiling depicting the happy foundation of Asgard. This reveals the true founding of the kingdom, in which Hela and Odin viciously fought to conquer the other realms. Hela explains to Skurge that she was imprisoned after Odin decided to change his ways. 

    Hela then takes Skurge to Odin's treasure room, where she reveals that most of the items there are completely fake. 

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  • An info dump is a lot easier to sit through when the character delivering the exposition was long thought to be dead before that moment and has instead had their consciousness uploaded into a computer. In Captain America: The Winter Soldier, while investigating Hydra's involvement in S.H.I.E.L.D., Captain America is surprised to learn that his old foe Arnim Zola is still alive inside a computer and has been involved with infiltrating S.H.I.E.L.D. for decades. 

    The exposition being delivered in the scene is shocking, to say the least, seeing as two characters are learning that everything they know about S.H.I.E.L.D. is wrong. Everyone loves a good conspiracy, and there's no conspiracy more terrifying than Third Reich scientists infiltrating a US intelligence agency and influencing world events. 

    To keep the scene moving, Steve tries to cut it off early by shooting one of Zola's computers, to no avail. The scene then ends with the revelation that Zola is stalling and biding time for the missile launch he ordered to finally strike. 

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