Despite the fact that the MCU isn’t particularly recognised for its gruesome graphics, these were the times when the tone unexpectedly darkened.
The Marvel Cinematic Universe excels at providing us all with enjoyable family adventures, if there is one thing in particular that it does well. It stands in stark contrast to the standard DC production from Warner Bros., which has drawn criticism for its gory and ominous design that puts the dark in Dark Knight. Although there have been discussions of a more mature MCU, Deadpool 3 will shortly be the first film to receive a R rating.
While films like Sam Raimi’s Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness are about as grim as they come, that doesn’t mean there isn’t a lot of murder and destruction in the MCU. It hasn’t always been fun sharing a shawarma or twerking with Megan Thee Stallion over the course of four phases, a mountain of movies, and a multiverse of shows. Here are 10 of the most ominous scenes to appear in the MCU.
- The Widows’ Destiny.
Despite its flaws, the long-awaited Black Widow at least has the honour of bringing Yelena Belova as played by Florence Pugh to the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Yelena, who is a seasoned widow similar to Natasha Romanoff (Scarlett Johansson), touched our hearts by still longing for her made-up family.
There were some contentious family gatherings, and when they were able to free their “father” from the Seventh Circle Prison, director Cate Shortland repeated a horrifying revelation in an apparently innocuous sentence. Nat and Yelena clarified the impossibility of the cliché that women are irritable during their periods when David Harbour’s Red Guardian made fun of it.
The would-be Widows are denied the opportunity to ever have biological children after being forced to enter the Red Room by Dreykov (Ray Winstone). It’s a continuation of Nat’s conversation with Bruce Banner (Mark Ruffalo) in Avengers: Age of Ultron, but it resonates more with the female audience here because they find some dark humour in it.
Tony’s vision from Age of Ultron.
Avengers: Age of Ultron was intended to lay the groundwork for the remainder of the Infinity Saga back when Joss Whedon was still the face of the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Instead, it’s an entry that’s largely gone unnoticed save for Elizabeth Olsen’s peculiar Wanda accent. Age of Ultron emphasised the significance of the Infinity Stones after Thor: The Dark World gave us a taste of them.
Under the impact of Wanda’s abilities, Tony Stark had a glimpse of the future in one of the film’s worst scenes. An injured Captain laments, “You could’ve saved us,” after seeing the destruction of Earth and the deaths of his crew. This prompts Mr. Stark to create Ultron as a tool for collective defence, but we all know how that turns out.
Olsen insisted that it wasn’t a prediction of Avengers: Infinity War, but with a dead Romanoff, clues like Captain America’s shield breaking in half, and a rebirth of the Chitauri, it seems to be a very accurate description of the closing act of Avengers: Endgame. Given what we already know about the Multiverse, it is likely that the Avengers’ destiny actually occurred in a different reality.
- Bloody Introduction to Werewolf By Night
Werewolf by Night, despite being fresh to the “pack,” has the distinction of being the first Marvel Studios Special Presentation in the MCU and has already established a violent reputation. Werewolf by Night is much more explicit than anything Boris Karloff would have starred in, despite the fact that it feels like it is set during the heyday of the Universal Classic Monsters pictures.
Although the MCU has yet to achieve an R-rating, Werewolf by Night brings us closer than ever with its primary character’s bloody spree. The gothic horror has several graphic scenes, but one stands out more than others.
When Gael Garcia Bernal’s imprisoned Jack Russell transforms into the movie’s werewolf and slashes his way through the Bloodstone guards, Michael Giacchino doesn’t hold back on the gore. In this horror adaptation of Daredevil’s famous corridor sequence, the shots are masterfully framed against a closing door, while blood spatters hitting the screen immerse spectators in the devastation.
The Cape of Souls in Zombie Strange
Sincerely, you know what to expect from a Sam Raimi film. We always knew Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness would be a morbid affair, and the revelation that the Evil Dead and Spider-Man filmmaker would be taking over from Scott Derrickson to oversee the MCU’s “first” horror movie confirmed that.
The film’s denouement included some of the worst moments to ever appear in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, aside from THAT Illuminati sequence where Reed Richards (John Krasinski) was torn apart like courgetti. Going full Raimi, a rotting Defender Strange (Benedict Cumberbatch) was raised from the dead and attacked Wanda Maximoff (Elizabeth Olsen) as she turned Mt. Wundagore into the Scarlet Witch.
If seeing zombie Doc wasn’t enough, he had a Cloak of Levitation created from wailing damned souls in place of his ordinary one. These sounds were attached to an undead marionette by a dreamwalking Doctor Strange using the Darkhold’s magic. When Wanda uses her chaotic magic to try to scare these spirits away, you can’t help but be reminded of the Evil Dead movies.
John Walker’s Revenge, No. 6
Chris Evans’ Captain America has a shockingly spotless record in the MCU when it comes to his kill count, even while engaged in mortal battle. John Walker, played by Wyatt Russell, hasn’t even been on the scene for long and already has a bloody reputation.
For Thunderbolts, the contentious addition to The Falcon and the Winter Soldier is already scheduled to return, and we anticipate that this Suicide Squad of anti-heroes will rack up the killings. Few anticipated that when Walker made his debut, the crimson mist would surround him and cause him to use Captain America’s fabled shield to smash someone’s skull into the ground.
Walker made the incorrect assumption that a Flag-Smasher named Nico was accountable for the death in action of Lamar “Battlestar” Hoskins (Clé Bennett). Although Nico argued that Flag-Smasher leader Karli Morgenthau (Erin Kellyman) killed Battlestar inadvertently, the Serum-jacked Super-Soldier Walker savagely killed him with the shield in a public space.
- Loki’s Death in the Infinity War
Breakneck speed was evident in the first sequence of Avengers: Infinity War when it came to Tom Hiddleston’s Loki. The God of Mischief appeared to have one more trick up his sleeve, but when he tried to goad Thanos, he was defeated due to running out of life (Josh Brolin).
Unlike his fake-out demise in Thor: The Dark World, Loki finally had the redemptive arc he so richly deserved. Unable to intervene, Thor watched as his slick half-brother got his neck broken. Then there is that horrifying image of Loki’s lifeless body laying on the ground with blood dripping from his nose.
Although some deaths, like that of Heimdall, have endured, Avengers: Endgame’s use of time travel means that farewells, like those of Loki and Gamora, aren’t quite the same. That’s definitely for the best, as the Loki series wouldn’t exist if 2012 Loki hadn’t taken the Tesseract.
- Iron Man the zombie
Even though Uncle Ben passes away before Spider-Man: Homecoming begins, Peter Parker still loves tragic father figures, and the wall-crawling hero soon found a new one in the form of Robert Downey Jr.’s Iron Man.
The rich playboy has regrettably passed away by the time Spider-Man: Far From Home arrives. However, Mysterio’s terrifying vision continues to be the manifestation of Iron Man’s spirit (or zombie) (Jake Gyllenhaal).
The most inventive moment in the film features Peter being besieged with bizarre illusions, including a rotting Iron Man emerging from the earth. Tony’s hollowed-out head is visible because half of his mask is missing. Although it’s far darker than anyone anticipated, it still feels like a decent test for a live-action Marvel Zombies movie.
- The offering of Thanos
The question of whether Thanos is the greatest villain or simply a man attempting to save the cosmos from destroying itself is hotly contested. Up until the moment where he sacrifices his own daughter to obtain the Soul Stone, we can support some of his scheme.
Gamora tells her adoptive father at a heartbreaking time that he could never give anything up because he loves nothing. He realises with a single tear that he loves Gamora and will sacrifice her to Red Skull.
Even if we are aware that Zoe Saldaa will reprise her role as Gamora in Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3, the slow pan of Gamora’s body at the base of the Vormir cliffs is nonetheless striking. Gamora’s tragedy is made worse by the TVA’s possession of a whole drawer’s worth of Infinity Stones, which just adds to the sorrow.
- Ego’s Offspring
The Guardians of the Galaxy films have some of the most terrifying scenes in the MCU, despite their upbeat soundtracks. How about a mass burial of Ego’s offspring in Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2? As if witnessing the Ravager rebellion blast Yondu’s devoted followers out of an airlock wasn’t enough.
Kurt Russell’s Celestial was transformed into Star-father, Lord’s giving the Living Planet a significant revision from the comics—although he remained faithful to the comics by being a villain. When Gamora and Nebula (Karen Gillan) stumbled into a grotto full of Ego’s slaughtered children during a pivotal combat sequence, the rival sisters put their differences aside.
If the idea of Ego killing his children in the name of cosmic conquest made you sick to your stomach, keep in mind that he also gave Meredith Quill fatal cancer. A similarly sinister myth holds that Mantis (Pom Klementieff), who is also one of Ego’s children, was spared this horrible fate because she helped the cunning Celestial.
Vision’s Return 1.
Given that the Mind Stone was torn from Paul Bettany’s character, Vision, in Avengers: Infinity War, and that his lifeless body was left on the Wakandan battlefield, it’s almost enough to merit its own entry. However, the appearance of Vis’ corpse in WandaVision seals the deal in terms of shock value.
There was a problem with WandaVision as soon as Wanda and Vis entered Westview for the I Love Lucy-inspired premiere. Episode 4 dramatically sped up the unravelling as it had been happening gradually. Maximoff encountered Vision in his dead form from Infinity War after Monica Rambeau (Teyonah Parris) referenced Ultron and was expelled from the Hex by Wanda.
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It serves as both a sombre flashback to Vision’s passing and the beginning of Wanda’s ascent to the role of Multiverse of Madness’ main antagonist. Three years after the first time we witnessed a dead Vision, WandaVision still managed to frighten us.