10 Iconic MCU Quotes That Were Called Back


Warning: This article contains spoilers for Doctor Strange: In The Multiverse of Madness.

The ever-evolving Marvel Cinematic Universe has great characters and compelling stories that connect in epic ways across various movies and TV shows. One of the best things about the MCU is the quotes, from Iron Man’s memorable quips to Groot’s single line, who impressively conveys a different message every time he says it.

Many MCU movie lines are memorable, but some are so good they’ve been used more than once. These callback moments cause the quotes to repeat, sometimes in the same context as when they were first used, while other times they show characters change and growth.


Earth’s Mightiest Hero

“I am Iron Man.”

Split Image: Tony Stark in Iron Man and Infinite Stone Breaking in Endgame

The MCU began with the story of Iron Man. It was only fitting that the conclusion to one of the universe’s greatest story arcs would end with him. Although Tony Stark is a character with a plethora of iconic quotes in the MCU, his best was “I am Iron Man”.

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The first time he said this he was still new to the role and was keeping it a secret from the rest of the world until his confession at the press conference. Unlike the first time he said that when he still wasn’t sure if he could truly be considered a hero, the last time he said those words he was making the greatest sacrifice to rid the world of Thanos, even if it cost him his life. .

Show the team muscle

“We have a hulk.”

Split Image: Loki chokes Tony in Avengers and Thanos controls Loki in Infinity War

In avengers, Earth’s Mightiest Heroes battled Loki’s army. Typical of Loki, he taunted Tony about how fragile the Avengers were compared to his Chitauri. Tony retaliated by telling Loki they had a Hulk on their team, who then wiped the floor with Loki – literally.

Ironically, it was Loki who used this exact line later in Avengers: Infinity War in response to Thanos’ taunts during the attack on Asgard. For the most part, Loki still feared the Hulk at the time, so it was great to see this come full circle showing how he was now leaning on the same monster he feared, now that they were on the same side against a greatest threat.

A cute encounter

“To your left.”

Split Image: Sam racing Steve in The Winter Soldier and Captain America looking beaten on the battlefield in Endgame

Sam and Steve’s first meeting was hilarious, setting the two up for the solid friendship that has lasted throughout the franchise. And it all started with three words from a chance encounter Captain America: The Winter Soldier when Steve kept saying the words every time he passed Sam on his run.

The quote recall moment came during an epic scene in Avengers: Endgame when the portals opened just as Steve faced Thanos’ army alone. Hearing Sam say those words as he and the other blipped Avengers came to support him helped Steve regain his strength to fight while referencing an iconic moment in their friendship.

childhood trauma

“Take my hand.”

Split Image: Meredith Quill in a hospital bed and Gamora in Guardians of the Galaxy Volume 1

Meredith Quill’s death was one of the saddest things Peter had to deal with before becoming a Star Lord. Just before she died, surrounded by her family, she asked Peter to hold her hand but left before he found the courage to do so. This moment replayed later when Gamora said the same words while holding the Power Stone.

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Having two wives, he was keen to say the same line to her at such pivotal times, and her different reactions to it was a good way to show how he had changed over time. It was also a catalyst for his healing from Meredith’s death, as he finally worked up the courage to open his final gift to her after the incident with the stone.

complicated siblings

“He’s adopted.”

Split Image: Thor and Natasha at Shield Headquarters in Avengers and Loki standing with the Grandmaster in Thor: Ragnarok

The relationship between Thor and Loki is complicated, marked by betrayal, especially on the part of the latter. In avengersThor continues to refer to him as his brother despite his many betrayals until Natasha tells him that Loki killed 80 people in 2 days and he backtracks and says he’s adopted.

Funny enough, Loki says the same thing to the Grandmaster in Thor: Ragnarok after initially denying knowing Thor. Despite this and the constant betrayals, these two cool MCU characters still cared about each other and always stood together against other threats that weren’t Loki’s doing, like Hela and Thanos.

A worthy hero

“I can do this all day.”

Split Image: Steve Rogers before Serum Fights in an alley and Captain Carter in What If?

Captain America: The First Avenger showed in detail how honourable, selfless and brave Steve was, even before he received the serum. The proof of his resilience came in an early scene when a rowdy beat him up, but Steve kept getting up and told his attacker he would go all day, even if he was outmatched.

The inspirational MCU quote came back when Steve fought Tony to defend Bucky, and again when Steve fought 2012-Steve. The most recent use of the slogan is in Doctor Strange: Into the Multiverse of Madness by Captain Carter.

An Unforeseen Sacrifice

“Didn’t you see that coming?”

Split Image: Pietro in the Avengers compound, Pietro lying on the ground, dead in Sokovia

Avengers: Age of Ultron introduced the Maximoff twins and Pietro’s first words were that taunt at Clint who didn’t see his attack coming due to his speed. Clint then used the line on him in the Avengers compound when he smashed the floor under Pietro. But, the truly memorable callback to the quote came when Pietro took multiple bullets to save Clint.

Pietro’s last words were exactly what he said to Clint when they first met, but with such a big difference in the emotion behind the statement. It was a heartfelt quote that showed how their relationship went from one where Pietro believed the Avengers were the bad guys, to making the ultimate sacrifice to save the same man he was initially happy to attack.

A sad love story

“I just feel you.”

Split image of Vision and Wanda kissing, Vision kneeling as the Mind Stone is destroyed in Infinity War

Throughout MCU history, Wanda has suffered a great loss, and her relationship with Vision is one of the few good things that has happened to her. In Avengers: Infinity War, as she and Vision enjoy some alone time, he asks her to look into his mind to find out why the Mind Stone was acting. Feeling nothing, she tells him she only feels him – an endearing statement that became the couple’s catchphrase and also showed that Wanda always felt he was much more than a super-bot.

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Vision later says this line to Wanda after insisting that she destroy the Stone with him, to keep it from Thanos. Wanda is heartbroken, “I can’t feel you”, when she sees Vision’s body in Wanda Vision refers to their original slogan. Her grief for him and many others she lost finally comes to a head Doctor Strange: Into the Multiverse of Madness.

Every life matters

“We don’t trade lives.”

Shared Image: Chris Evans as Steve Rogers and Paul Bettany as Vision in Infinity War

As Thanos’ army descended on the Avengers in Wakanda, Vision offered to sacrifice himself to destroy the Mind Stone. By his logic, one life wasn’t worth sacrificing many more in battle, but Steve disputed that with this quote. Later, during the attack, when Steve told Vision to leave and save himself, Vision stayed and quoted his line to him.

Although Steve had reservations about Vision when he was created, this quote shows how he and the others came to accept him as part of the team. Steve and the others willingly put their lives on the line to protect him and didn’t consider him useless just because he wasn’t human.

A bittersweet love letter

“I love you 3,000.”

Split Image: Morgan Stark smiling in bed and Tony in hologram at his funeral in Endgame

In Avengers: Endgame, Tony’s life was one of the few that went well despite the devastating blip. His daughter, Morgan, was among the biggest and best changes. The little girl was adorable in every scene with Tony, especially when she wished him goodnight with that beloved MCU quote.

Tony said that same line in a message delivered by his hologram at his funeral and his delivery brought tears to many viewers’ eyes. Tony’s line and sacrifice shows better than anything how far he’s come from the genius billionaire, playboy and philanthropist he was in the beginning to Earth’s Greatest Hero.

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