Surprisingly Dark Details In Comic Book Movies We're Just Now Learning About

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Comic book movies have become one of the most popular genres of film in the 21st century, and it seems a new one is being released every other month. Not that we're complaining since most of them are excellent films! That said, while they often involve superheroes and overcoming tragedy, many of them are actually pretty dark and disturbing, and no, that's not just Batman movies.

Of course, not everything that happens on the screen is immediately apparent to every viewer (like these background details in superhero movies). Sometimes, a dark detail emerges after fans take a close look at each scene in a movie and pick them apart, leading to some interesting details. This list highlights some of the more surprisingly dark details fans have noticed in comic book films.

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    131 VOTES

    Coulson's Demise Hits Tony Hard When He Realizes How Little He Knows About Him In 'The Avengers'

    From Redditor u/ZachJonesIsShort:

    In Avengers (2012) Tony overhears Pepper ask Coulson about the cellist he was seeing. Later in the movie Tony tries to get Coulson to see the cellist again, then informs Cap that Coulson did have a love interest after he dies.

    131 votes
  • 2
    118 VOTES

    Killmonger's Mother Died In Prison Because T'Chaka Stopped N'Jobu From Rescuing Her

    From a now-deleted Redditor:

    At the start of Black Panther, N'Jobu and a young Zuri are seen formulating a plan. According to Ryan Coogler they were about to break Killmonger's mom out of jail before King T'Chaka arrived and, after a series of events, killed him. Killmonger's mother stayed in prison and died there.

    118 votes
  • 3
    133 VOTES

    Xavier And Magneto's Chess Strategies Mirror Their Willingness To Sacrifice And/Or Protect The Innocent

    From Redditor u/UYScutiPuffJr:

    In X-Men (2000), the ways that Xavier and Magneto play chess at the end of the film mirror their overall strategies. Magneto (clear pieces) is willing to sacrifice his pawns for the sake of the game, while Xavier (frosted pieces) uses and protects them as much as possible.

    133 votes
  • 4
    241 VOTES

    The Joker's Instructions In 'The Dark Knight' Were Clear But Misunderstood By Batman

    From Redditor u/HolyNovie:

    In The Dark Knight (2008), during the Joker interrogation scene, the Joker makes the Batman choose between Harvey and Rachel, and actually explains to the Batman that he's going to have to choose who dies. By choosing Rachel (thinking he'll be saving her), he's choosing her to die instead.

    241 votes
  • 5
    181 VOTES

    Logan's Healing Factor Is Diminished From What He Eats

    From a now-deleted Redditor:

    In Logan (2017), it is mentioned that the mutant cure is now present in everyday corn syrup, implying that Logan's healing factor is depleting now of all times because he has unknowingly consumed the cure through food products. It's also why he is aging significantly faster than he ever has.

    181 votes
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    118 VOTES

    Obadiah Stane's Comment About Tony's Arc Reactor Is Pretty Telling

    From Redditor u/Stormageddon789:

    In Iron Man (2008), Obadiah tells Tony that the arc reactor is his 'ninth symphony.' In the classical music world, there is a belief that after a composer writes their ninth symphony they would die. He was implying that the arc reactor would be the last thing Tony created before Obadiah kills him.

    118 votes