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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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    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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  • Say what you will about Avengers: Age of Ultron's bloated runtime, but it's hard to get enough of the party scene. And while the entire sequence is worthy of discussion, it's the after party hang session where the Avengers take turns trying to lift Mjolnir that sticks out in the memory as one of the best scenes in MCU history. It is an entirely humanizing moment featuring larger-than-life characters. Besides, wouldn't you try to lift Mjolnir if you had the chance?

    It gives our favorite superheroes some time to breathe in a film series that never really gives them a moment to rest. Why does Jeremy Renner's Hawkeye have drum sticks in the scene? Well, um... that probably doesn't have as much to do with Clint Barton as it does with the musical proclivities of Renner himself. Also, it's likely that dreamy Steve Rogers could actually life Mjolnir if he tried hard enough...

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    All Of Luis's Detailed Stories (The 'Ant-Man' Films)

    "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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  • Outside of Tony Stark and Stephen Strange, the two biggest egos in the Marvel Cinematic Universe have to be Thor and Peter Quill. Well, as far as heroes go. Supervillains are another conversation entirely, of course. But in the realm of heroes, the God of Thunder and Star-Lord are pretty high up there. So, when the two butt heads as Avengers: Infinity War swings into full gear, fans are in for a show.

    Seeing Chris Hemsworth in all his glory gives Chris Pratt's Star-Lord some self-conscious thoughts - and Drax's unvarnished opinion doesn't do him any favors: "He is not a dude. You're a dude. This... this is a man. A handsome, muscular man."

    Que the pissing contest. Quill even goes so far as to deepen his voice when Thor is there, to seem more manly. It doesn't much work.

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