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.
"And I... am... Iron Man."
Not only is this an epic-as-hell line before Tony Stark sacrifices himself to destroy Thanos and his army, but it also makes you realize just how far these characters have come since Stark kickstarted the MCU in Iron Man by revealing himself to the world with the exact same words. It's only fitting that Iron Man leaves our lives the same way he came in.
And if that wasn’t enough to get you going, the absolute swine decided to get another last word in from beyond the grave. Having left a pre-recorded heartfelt message for his daughter, he signs off (for good) with the beyond emotional “I love you 3000.”
"He may have been your father, boy, but he wasn't your daddy. I'm sorry I didn't do none of it right... I'm damn lucky you's my boy."
Having been somewhat of a menace in the first Guardians, it isn’t until the sequel that we learn more about the “soft side” of Yondu.
After receiving orders from Ego, Quill's biological father, to pick up and deliver Peter when he was just a boy, it was always thought that Yondu bailed on the plan so he could use the boy’s small frame to nab loot in small spaces. However, it is revealed that once Yondu learned what was to become of young Peter (his father, Ego, was likely to eradicate him just like his many, many half-siblings before him), the space pirate never handed him over.
It isn’t until the very end that Yondu reveals how he truly feels about Peter, right before he sacrifices himself for the person he is proud to call his son.
"We are Groot."
Groot is a hyper-intelligent, tree-like organism with a very limited vocabulary. When he is first introduced, he’s mainly painted as the muscle in a two-man (well, one-raccoon, one-tree) operation. Throughout the film, it is only his partner in crime, Rocket, who can decipher and translate his language, which is made up of the three words, “I am Groot.”
His last words strike an emotional blow, as they’re not just uttered by a teary-eyed Groot that we’ve grown to adore - and who is now sacrificing himself to save his friends. With this simple variation, he is able to communicate love, unity, compassion, and hope to the audience without any translation required.
"You will never be a god."
When meeting his maker (for real this time, honest), Loki tells Thanos (the most powerful being in the universe) the one thing his executor will never be. Loki, forever reveling in his own godly mischief, is charmingly smug until his very last breath.