On the contrary, the Marvel Cinematic Universe has given audiences many of the most iconic moments in superhero movie history, some of which seemed like they could never be transferred from the yellowed pages of old comic books to the big screen. But alas, the MCU continues to deliver crowd-pleasing moments like “Avengers, Assemble” and absolutely heartbreaking scenes like the Avengers: Infinity War end.
But sometimes these incredible moments from different Marvel movies have been revisited from another angle that adds to the overall story, in one way or another. We’ve seen that in movies like Spider-Man: Homecoming and Avengers: Endgame as well as shows like Loki and Hawk Eye. Here are a few times the MCU has shown alternate perspectives of major events and what they achieved.
The Battle of New York through the eyes of Kate Bishop (Hawkeye)
Marvel fans had a lot of cool MCU moments in 2021, including the opening sequence of Hawk Eye, which offered a new perspective on the first time Earth’s Mightiest Heroes have come together, aka the Battle for New York since the avengers. Unlike the first time the big event was revisited for the first time in Avengers: Endgame, this time around, we got a fresh perspective from the eyes of a young Kate Bishop as she is saved from being killed by a Chitauri warrior thanks to a pinpoint shot from Hawkeye.
This beautifully filmed moment shows that the actions of the Avengers could inspire seemingly normal people and, in Kate Bishop’s case, launch them on their own hero’s journey. This whole sequence is effective in that it provides an on-the-ground view of Hawkeye and his fellow Avengers, and makes the Battle of New York feel less like an isolated incident and more like part of the bigger picture.
The blip experienced by Yelena (Hawkeye)
One of the biggest questions after Black Widow responded in the opening moments of the penultimate episode of Hawk Eye when it was revealed that Yelena Belova (Florence Pugh) was one of the victims of Thanos’ snap. The scene picks up a few years after the Black Widow ending where Yelena left to free the other Black Widows, only the former assassin she tries to save reveals that she was never brainwashed. To pull herself together, Yelena goes to the bathroom to wash up, but is “dusted” halfway through and reappears five years later in a house that looks very different.
There had been mentions in just about every post-Avengers: Endgame movie and show that talked about the effects of experience on the characters, but most of it was told after the fact and not in the middle. In this moment, we not only see the confusion on Yelena Belova’s face (she probably had no idea about Thanos and his quest), but also shows the passage of time (and how the world evolved) during the Blip .
The airport battle as seen by Peter Parker (Spider-Man: Homecoming)
There’s a case to be made for Captain America: Civil WarThe epic airport battle being one of the best action sequences in the MCU, especially with how it would set the stage for the future of the franchise. One of the best moments of the entire show was the on-screen debut of Tom Holland’s Spider-Man (his Peter Parker appeared just minutes earlier). The following summer, Spider-Man: Homecoming not only showed how Peter Parker ended up on the trail through his hilarious blogs (which also showed him getting his new “Stark Suit”), he also offered a look at the action from his point of view.
This hilarious series of clips does a few things really well. First, it offers a fresh take on the iconic action sequence that gives it a more comedic twist. It also expands on Tom Holland’s Peter Parker/Spider-Man without having to post a full origin story. Plus, it establishes the Happy Hogan/Peter Parker relationship that will continue to develop in subsequent films.
“Smart” Hulk Watching Hulk Smash During Battle of New York (Avengers: Endgame)
Although it doesn’t go through every Marvel movie, Avengers: Endgame does a great job revisiting the MCU’s greatest moments during the entire “Time Heist” portion of the crossover event. During the second act of the three-hour epic, “Smart” Hulk, Captain America, Iron Man and Ant-Man travel back in time to the Battle of New York in order to obtain three of the six Infinity Stones. But before going their separate ways, Hulk encounters a younger, less sophisticated version of himself doing what the big guy does best: smash.
It’s a brief moment and is played mostly for laughs (especially with Hulk embarrassed by his former self), but it really shows how far the character has come since then. No longer torn between his two personalities, Bruce Banner and Hulk become one. However, he crushes, reluctantly though.
Nebula and War Machine Watching Star Lord’s GOTG Intro (Avengers: Endgame)
Later in Avengers: Endgame, War Machine, and Nebula return to Morag where they steal the Power Stone before Star-Lord can take it for himself (and set the storyline in motion). guardians of the galaxy). When we first see Star-Lord, aka Peter Quill, he does all the dancing and singing number we first saw in 2014, but there are times when it cuts into how the two Avengers see him: a fool of a man singing to himself in all his awkwardness.
It’s not an attempt to take anything away from Star-Lord (he’s been beaten enough), but this brief (and hilarious) scene shows the difference between how Peter Quill sees himself and how the rest of the MCU sees it. And like the Hulk moment a few minutes earlier in the movie, this scene is played mostly for laughs, though it does lead into one of the film’s most heartbreaking chapters.
Variant Loki looking at how Loki’s main fate unfolds (Loki)
The version of the God of Mischief presented in Loki isn’t the one that had a big redemption arc before being killed by Thanos, but rather the 2012 variant that escaped with the Tesseract after the Battle of New York Revisited in Avengers: Endgame. That being said, this variant of Loki lacks the memories of his mother’s murder, his father’s death, his bonding with his brother, and his smothered death. That is until Mobius Mr. Mobius opened his eyes to the fate of Principal Loki in the season opener.
Even though we, the viewer, have seen each of these events unfold over the years, this version of Loki has not, and so we can relive those memories (both joyful and tragic) through his eyes. . If you go back and look at the scene, it mostly shows Tom Hiddleston’s face and the raw emotion painted there. This not only makes the character more interesting, but also sets the events of the gripping series in motion.
Each of the examples of major events presented with a different perspective adds a lot to the Marvel Cinematic Universe. And who knows, maybe some of the upcoming Marvel movies will offer a fresh take on a classic moment from the franchise’s past.