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14 Times The MCU Made Memorable Moments Out Of Exposition Dumps

July 26, 2021 1.1k votes 150 voters 24.1k views14 items

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.

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  • Scott Lang's friend from prison, Luis, was a breakout character in Ant-Man. Luis is funny in every scene he's in, but his most memorable scenes (and the most memorable scenes in the film) are when he's excitedly telling stories. So, it only makes sense that Ant-Man and the Wasp would choose to use him to recount the events of the first film. 

    Luis is injected with truth serum by Sonny Burch, which makes him even more talkative than normal. He's then asked about Scott Lang, which prompts him to launch into a story about meeting Lang, what happened in Ant-Man, and what has happened since. What's so entertaining about these Luis scenes is that as he tells the story, the audience is shown clips of the characters acting out what he's saying, except Luis speaks for all the characters. 

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  • Since the MCU is a serialized universe, Spider-Man: Far From Home has the unenviable job of making sure its viewers are up to date on the events of Avengers: Endgame. To do so, the film uses an in-universe school broadcast that begins as a humorous and clearly-made-by-a-student in memoriam to the fallen Avengers.

    This switches to two high school student reporters arguing with each other while explaining what happened to their fellow students, and it even includes footage of the blip happening during a marching band performance. 

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  • Jeff Goldblum delivers what is quite possibly the most entertaining performance in the MCU as the Grandmaster in Thor: Ragnarok

    The explanation of Sakaar begins while Thor is riding along a track in a chair while being lectured in a monotone robot voice about the creation of Sakaar. As he goes along, the chair gains speed and frightens Thor to such a degree that he begins to scream before realizing he's sitting in a room. Then, Goldblum, the exact opposite of a monotone robotic voice, takes over. Goldblum finishes the explanation as to what is going on, and Thor realizes he's going to be trapped on Sakaar for a while. 

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  • The time heist in Endgame not only allows the Avengers to gather the stones they need to defeat Thanos, but it allows fans and the characters themselves to take a stroll down the MCU memory lane. Along the way, the Avengers are able to interact with characters that have since perished, which makes for some pretty interesting scenes, even if it's just two characters having a conversation. 

    For example, to retrieve the Time Stone, Bruce Banner meets the Ancient One for the first time - two characters who fans never thought would ever meet. Tilda Swinton is exceptional in the role, and it's fun to see her take charge in such an unfamiliar situation. Even though the Ancient One is explaining complicated timeline information, Swinton's acting and the visual of the timeline makes it fun. The exposition also serves to add even greater stakes to what the characters are doing, which adds greatly to its watchability. 

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