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The Best MCU Scenes That Have Nothing To Do With Superheroics

List RulesVote up the best non-plot-centric scenes across the MCU.

Do you have a favorite non-plot-centric MCU scene? There are a lot to choose from. Unlike most DC films, the Marvel Studios pictures love getting their lighthearted quips in among all the world-ending shenanigans. And these are often some of the best moments. That isn't to say we don't all love the fight scenes and the dramatic moments... but we certainly do love to laugh.

Luis telling a complicated story in Ant-Man. Loki (disguised as Odin) taking in a comically bad play about his own death in Thor: Ragnarok. The Avengers taking turns trying to lift Mjolnir in Avengers: Age of Ultron. Tony Stark and Nebula playing finger football while drifting in space during the opening of Avengers: Endgame. Get ready to click the ups and the downs as you scroll through the MCU scenes that have less to do with heroics and more to do with making audiences laugh.

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    Dr. Strange Messes With Thor And Loki At The Sanctum Sanctorum ('Thor: Ragnarok')

    Who doesn't want to see Doctor Strange wearing his traditional orange gloves? And serve Thor a self-refilling mug of beer? And make Loki fall through a portal for 30 minutes? Benedict Cumberbatch's short cameo in Thor: Ragnarok is one of the MCU's best instances of making the film series feel more lived-in. A common criticism of the MCU is that heroes don't always show up in each other's movies. Why didn't Iron Man show up in Captain America: The Winter Soldier, for instance? This scene feels organic and is just hilarious.

    And if you don't get a kick out of Thor becoming disoriented as he's teleported around the Sanctum Sanctorum, then there's something wrong with your sense of humor. Did the movie have to have Doctor Strange lead Thor and Loki to Odin on Earth? Of course not - but aren't we all better off for it?

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  • Thor may not be the best MCU effort in Phase One, but it does have some fantastic moments. And the top of the pile has to be Thor's first American breakfast. Because, like all Asgardians, Thor doesn't know the ways of Earth - and especially the ways of America. He delights in revels and, being the future king of Asgard, generally gets what he wants without any challenge at all. This makes for some solid "fish out of water" comedy.

    When the God of Thunder joins Jane, Darcy, and Erik for a good, old-fashioned diner breakfast, he is very much bemused by the taste of coffee. "This drink, I like it," he exclaims. "Another!" And like he's smashing down beers in the halls of Valhalla, Thor smashes his coffee mug on the ground. When Jane asks him what that was all about, he responds, "It was delicious. I want another." And now we want to treat all coffee mugs in this manner, forever.

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  • "Breathe. Focus. Keep it simple." This is what Scott Lang says to Luis before he goes on his first rapid-fire, highly detailed story in Ant-Man. And how do you think it goes? Do you think Luis kept it simple? Would we be talking about it if he had? Of course not. If there is a scene-stealer of the Ant-Man films, it is undoubtedly Michael Peña's Luis. Who wouldn't watch a Disney+ MCU show all about him?

    And one of the best things about Luis is his hyperactive storytelling style. It's like he says in Ant-Man: "You know. I just get excited and stuff!" And the one in Ant-Man and the Wasp where he gets injected with truth serum and manages to summarize Scott and Hope's entire relationship in about 30 seconds? That scene is just the best. Luis is the best. More Luis, please!

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    Thor Versus Hulk In The Grand Arena ('Thor: Ragnarok')

    "We know each other! He's a friend from work!" When this moment ended the first trailer for Thor: Ragnarok back in 2017, Marvel fans knew they were in for something different with the God of Thunder this time around. The teaser trailer, set to Led Zeppelin's "Immigrant Song," mostly plays things straight as it promises another action-packed romp through Asgard. While the hiring of Taika Waititi as director and Jeff Goldblum as the Grandmaster hinted towards a lighter tone, this scene solidified that for viewers.

    And the moment plays just as well in the movie as it does in the trailer. We get to see Loki's genuine reaction to learning the Hulk is also on Sakaar ("I have to get off this planet"), and watching Thor try to catch Hulk up on what's been going on since Avengers: Age of Ultron is also pretty great. Of course, Hulk kind of just wants to beat the crap out of Thor anyway and a fight ensues. But we'll always have Thor's excited reaction to keep us warm at night.

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