While it's true that the MCU's villains often get the most memorable quotes, the heroes and even sidekicks also get a few good quips in. However, the quotes that resonate with us the most, and tend to stay with us long after we’ve left our cinema seats, are the lines spoken by a character just before they shuffle off this mortal coil.
Yet the last words of Marvel characters don’t have to be lines spoken just before they perish for them to hit home. It can still have an emotional impact if we know this is the last time we’re going to see that character on screen.
Whether awesome one-liners, words of love, or final expressions of hate or remorse, these are the most poignant or even just the saddest MCU last words from each phase of the franchise.
OdinPhoto: Thor: Ragnarok / Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures
"Asgard is not a place. It never was. This could be Asgard. Asgard is where our people stand. Even now... right now, those people need your help. [Thor: I'm not as strong as you.] No. You're stronger."
In a Mufasa-like fashion, Odin, the father/mentor that molded Thor from a glory-seeking jock into the hero he is today, gives him these last words of wisdom.
The last words he speaks assure us that the responsibility of Asgard is in good hands before his spirit passes on entirely.3,506683Impactful last words?
Natasha Romanoff (AKA Black Widow)Photo: Avengers: Endgame / Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures
"Let me go. It's okay."
According to the Red Skull, in order to obtain the Soul Stone, “You must lose what you love.” Black Widow and Hawkeye then battle it out for who will be the one to sacrifice themselves, as the relationship they have with each other goes beyond words.
Natasha eventually bests Clint, and assures him “it’s okay” before falling to her doom. She’s always tried to repay her debt to Clint and strike out the red in her ledger, so perhaps by doing this, she feels they're finally even.3,645726Impactful last words?
Peter Parker (AKA Spider-Man)Photo: Avengers: Infinity War / Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures
"Mister Stark? I don't feel so good... I-I don't know what's happening. I don't wanna go. I don't wanna go. Mister Stark, please! Please, I don't wanna go! I don't wanna go... I'm sorry..."
Not only is it traumatic watching a teenage boy perish into dust, but to hear him plea for his life at the same time is just messed up in general.
However, these last words spoken by Peter Parker are a lot deeper than one might initially think. Why did he seem to be in a great deal of discomfort compared to the other victims of the Snap? Well, it is later revealed that due to his “Spidey-sense,” Peter could actually feel it happening. This adds a much darker dimension to the demise of a young Spider-Man.3,851801Impactful last words?
Agent Phil CoulsonPhoto: The Avengers / Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures
"It's okay, boss. This was never going to work if they didn't have something to..."
Next to Tony Stark, Agent Coulson is the guy that's been there from the beginning. He made his debut along with the very first Avenger in 2008's Iron Man.
After suffering a fatal blow at the hands of Loki, Coulson utters an unfinished sentence of motivation to his boss, Nick Fury. The last word that he never got to say is presumed to be “avenge,” proving he was committed until the very end. (Don’t worry, though, he's later resurrected in TV’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.)2,982606Impactful last words?