WARNING: Contains spoilers for Avengers: Endgame
For over a decade, Marvel Studios has kept us entertained by adapting one of the greatest comic universes into a cinematic adventure packed with apocalyptic action and family-friendly humor. The Marvel Cinematic Universe features interdimensional storylines and unique characters who fit together in a way no other film franchise has accomplished. Whenever the epic forces of dark and light engage, there are bound to be trials and tribulations - and more than a few heartbreaking moments.
Although the MCU offers action-packed adventure, producers have also successfully adapted sad comics moments onto the big screen. From Yondu's emotional sacrifice to Agent Coulson's demise at the hands of the infamous trickster god, Marvel movies are just as dramatic as they are exciting, and the saddest moments in the MCU have brought tears to the eyes of even the most hardened fans.
Grab a box of tissues and vote up the MCU moments that made you cry the most.
Tony Stark is critically hurt after using the Infinity Stones to end the conflict between Thanos and the Avengers. His actions save the entire universe, and as he fades out of consciousness, his wife Pepper Potts tells him, "We're going to be okay. You can rest now."
The scene is a callback to an earlier point in the movie when Pepper reminds Tony that he will never rest if he doesn't try to bring back those who were lost. Tony worked his whole life for the family he briefly got to enjoy in Endgame, the emotionally charged ending to Iron Man's story is made even sadder by Robert Downey Jr.'s retirement from the role.
The "dusting" of so many of our heroes at the end of Infinity War was gut-wrenching to watch; however, the loss that hit the hardest was undoubtedly the passing of Peter Parker. In his final moments, Peter desperately clings to his mentor and father-figure, Tony Stark, and pleads for his life as he begins to crumble.
Tony's guilt over losing Peter becomes a major motivation for his actions in Endgame.
Natasha "Nat" Romanoff, AKA Black Widow, is leading the search for the Infinity Stones five years after Thanos snapped his fingers and wiped out half of all life, including the Avengers, Nat's only family. Desperate to do whatever it takes to bring them back, and owing a debt to Clint Barton, she ends up sacrificing herself for the Soul Stone, leaving Clint alone on Vormir to deal with his loss.
The Avengers are shaken by her demise, especially since their efforts to restore life will not bring her back. Clint and Bruce Banner, who had a deeper relationship with Nat, are particularly distraught.
Though their relationship becomes antagonistic after Peter Quill refuses to give the Power Stone to his adoptive father Yondu, the pair reconcile when Yondu reveals that he only kidnapped Peter as a boy to save him from being used by his biological father, Ego the Living Planet. When explosives are sent to destroy Ego, Yondu rockets Peter to safety and gives him the last space suit.
Yondu sacrifices himself in the process, but he's content with the knowledge that he did at least one good thing in his life.