The MCU is known for its light tone and constant barrage of jokes, but the most emotional moments in the MCU rival those of practically any other movie, let alone other comic book movies. The MCU is good at comedy because the directors and creators are masters of timing and emotion. So, it's very easy for the filmmakers to set their dials in the opposite direction and hit the audience with a barrage of tears.
There's a reason the sad clown has become such a cliche. Oftentimes, those who joke are doing so to deflect from the real emotion they're facing. Characters like Rocket and Drax may appear like they're all fun and games, but in reality, a wealth of emotional turmoil is boiling up inside their irregular bodies (some would say these characters could use a good hug). These characters have enough depth that they've delivered jokes to make audiences laugh and then followed those jokes up with some of the all-time saddest MCU lines.
The MCU is good enough at tugging on heartstrings that the filmmakers don't even need to rely on death to bring out the tears. Instead, audiences can cry along as the characters have their dreams shattered and tragic backstories revealed.
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