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    30 Marvel Moments That Were So Well Acted, But The Actors Got Zero Credit For It

    "But I knew him."

    We recently asked the BuzzFeed Community to tell us which Marvel moment was so beautifully acted, it deserved an award. Here are some of the best responses:

    🚨Warning: There are massive spoilers ahead for the MCU and WandaVision Episode 3!🚨

    1. In Avengers: Infinity War, when Wanda heartbreakingly had to kill Vision in order to destroy the Mind Stone.

    Vision telling Wanda, "It's alright. You could never hurt me. I just feel you." Then. Wanda weeping while blasting Vision with her powers

    "Definitely Wanda having to kill Vision. I feel like she didn’t get much attention before WandaVision, but Elizabeth Olsen has always been such a phenomenal actor. She's so expressive and brings so much to this role."


    2. In Avengers: Endgame, when Natasha sacrificed herself on Vormir so Clint wouldn't have to.

    Natasha hanging off a cliff and telling Clint, "Let me go. It's okay"

    "Scarlett Johansson's acting during Black Widow's death scene was extraordinary. In her final moments, Natasha was obviously scared, but trying to comfort Clint at the same time. Her emotion was incredible. It moves me to tears every time!"


    3. In Black Panther, when Killmonger told T'Challa where to bury him after their fight.

    Killmonger saying, "Just bury me in the ocean with my ancestors that jumped from the ships. 'Cause they knew death was better than bondage"

    "When Michael B. Jordan said, 'Just bury me in the ocean with my ancestors,' it gave me chills and still does."


    4. In Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2, when Yondu sacrificed himself to save Peter.

    Yondu saying, "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're my boy"

    "It conveyed so much emotion, the acting was phenomenal, and the music just tied it all together. For a movie that runs on a lot of humor, it was so impactful to have this sad moment, and, if we're being honest, I cried a little."


    5. In Avengers: Infinity War, when Gamora begged Peter to kill her after Thanos found them on Knowhere.

    Gamora pleading with Peter and saying, "Not him. You promised. You promised" and then they both say, "I love you"

    "The moment when Gamora was pleading with Peter to shoot her so Thanos couldn't take her gets me every time. They’re both crying and it's so beautifully acted. Neither are my favorite characters, but I was devastated for them in that moment."


    6. In Captain America: The Winter Soldier, when Bucky was about to be brainwashed again and remembered Steve.

    Bucky staring and saying, "But I knew him"

    "Bucky's last heartbreaking, 'But I knew him' before he gave in always brings me to tears! He didn't want to let the memories go! Sebastian Stan had so much emotional range in this movie and it was beautiful."


    7. In Avengers: Endgame, when Sam radioed Steve and said, "On your left."

    Sam saying, "Cap, it's Sam. Can you hear me? On your left" and Black Panther, Okoye, and Shuri coming through a portal

    "When all of the portals open after Sam said, 'On your left' to Steve is so much better than the rest of the fight scene in my opinion. All of the tension and build up to it was just beautiful and every actor gave it their all."


    8. In Avengers: Endgame, when Pepper put on a brave face when Tony was dying.

    Tony dying and Pepper saying, "Tony, look at me. We're gonna be okay. You can rest now"

    "For me, it has to be this scene in Endgame. It’s a small moment, but it’s powerful. Gwyneth Paltrow gave such an amazing and heartbreaking performance. I get emotional even thinking about her acting during this scene!"


    9. In Spider-Man: Homecoming, when Peter was trapped under the rubble.

    Peter saying, "Hello?! Hello?! Please...please, I'm down here. I'm down here. I'm stuck. I can't move. I can't"
    Marvel / Sony

    "This scene absolutely destroyed me in theaters. It was also so moving how Peter was able to remind himself of his strength and perseverance in order to save himself. Tom Holland really showed his talent right from the start."


    10. In Thor, when Loki found out that he wasn't a true Asgardian and confronted Odin.

    Loki yelling at Odin and saying, "You took me for a purpose. What was it? Tell me!"

    "The raw emotion that Tom Hiddleston gave in this scene was amazing and it went from heartbreak to anger effortlessly."


    11. In Guardians of the Galaxy, when Groot sacrificed himself to save his friends.

    Rocket pleading with Groot not to do this because he'll die, and Groot saying, "We are Groot"

    "Give Vin Diesel his Oscar already because his voice alone made me weep."


    12. In Avengers: Infinity War, when Peter was dusted and begged Tony to let him stay.

    Peter clinging to Tony and saying, "I don't wanna go. I don't wanna go, sir. Please. Please, I don't wanna go. I don't wanna go"

    "When Peter was about to get dusted and he was crying to Tony, it was so genuine. It reminded you that Peter is supposed to be a child and he reacts the way a scared kid would. It was one of those moments where Marvel made their characters realistic and relatable. Also, Robert Downey Jr. and Tom Holland are just astonishing together."


    13. In Black Panther, when T'Challa reunited with his father in the ancestral plane.

    T'Challa telling T'Chaka that he's not ready to be without him and that he wants to be a great king, and T'Chaka saying he has failed if his children were not prepared for his death

    "T'Challa seeing and talking to his father in the ancestral plane always gets me. It was so beautifully shot and the cinematography is gorgeous. While Chadwick Boseman's performance was amazing then, now it's even sadder and more poignant."


    14. In Avengers: Age of Ultron, when Wanda broke down after Pietro died.

    Pietro saying, "You didn't see that coming?" and Wanda screaming and unleashing her powers

    "Honestly, any Wanda scene could win an award, but I think the most powerful one was when Pietro was shot and Wanda’s power killed almost all of Ultron’s minions. It really shows how powerful she is, and how much she loved him. Elizabeth Olsen continues to be amazing."


    15. In Avengers: Endgame, when Scott returned from the Quantum Realm, realized what had happened, and found Cassie.

    Cassie saying, "Dad?" Then, Scott hugging Cassie and saying, "You're so big"

    "Paul Rudd conveys so much emotion with the simple line, 'You're so big.' This was such an emotional scene in a film filled with so many emotional moments."


    16. In Black Panther, when Okoye told W'Kabi that she would do anything for Wakanda.

    W'Kabi asking Okoye, "Would you kill me, my love?" and Okoye saying, "For Wakanda? Without question"

    "Danai Gurira's performance as Okoye in Black Panther was incredible, but the moment when Okoye told W'Kabi she would go against him because she loves Wakanda was *chef's kiss*."


    17. In Spider-Man: Homecoming, when Vulture was talking to Peter before he dropped everyone off at the dance.

    Adrian threatening Peter and saying he shouldn't interfere in his business again or else he will kill Peter and everyone he loves
    Marvel / Sony

    "When Vulture started threatening Peter, I think it was one of the first times a Marvel villain actually gave me chills. Michael Keaton was so good in this role."


    18. In Avengers: Infinity War, when Groot gets turned to dust and said goodbye to Rocket.

    Groot saying, "I am Groot" before getting dusted, and Rocket pleading with Groot to stay

    "I know everyone will probably say when Peter Parker got dusted, but for me it was this. When Groot looked into Rocket’s eyes as he vanished, I was inconsolable. When an actor who only says one line and says it with such heartbreak, it really is amazing."


    19. In Captain America: Civil War, when Steve attended Peggy's funeral.

    Steve crying while carrying Peggy's casket

    "Chris Evans' acting is phenomenal here. You can feel the heartbreak Steve is going through in those scenes!"


    20. In Avengers: Endgame, when Natasha started crying after talking to Rhodey about Clint.

    Natasha telling Rhodey, "Will you find out where he's going next? Please?" And then Natasha crying

    "A lot of people are probably going to say Clint and Nat on Vormir, which I totally agree with, but in my opinion it's the scene where Nat is talking to Captain Marvel, Okoye, Rocket, and Rhodey, and after they're gone she just breaks down. Scarlett Johansson is so good in this small moment."


    21. In Black Panther, when Killmonger was reunited with his father after he won the throne from T'Challa.

    N'Jobu saying that he should've taken Killmonger back to Wakanda a while ago, and Killmonger saying, "Well, maybe your home is the one that's lost"

    "In this scene, you see how sad and remorseful his father is over what has happened to his son, while Killmonger tries to act tough. Michael B. Jordan and Sterling K. Brown were an incredible acting duo."


    22. In WandaVision, when Monica mentioned Pietro and Wanda questioned who she really was.

    Monica telling Wanda, "He was killed by Ultron, wasn't he?" and Wanda getting mad and asking Monica what she said

    "It goes from calming and funny to intense and then downright scary with the most minuscule of expression changes from Elizabeth Olsen and Teyonah Parris. It's pure genius. They both deserve an Emmy Award for this moment alone."


    23. In Avengers: Endgame, when Tony returned from space and had nothing else to say to Steve.

    Tony yelling at Steve saying that he's too late and that they lost and he has nothing for him anymore

    "When Tony Stark came back from space in the beginning of Endgame and was yelling at everyone for not listening to him before, it was so emotional. You can feel his anger and heartbreak, and Robert Downey Jr. is amazing."


    24. In Spider-Man: Far From Home, when Peter finally defeated Quentin Beck/Mysterio.

    Quentin telling Peter, "You'll see, Peter. People, they need to believe, and nowadays...they believe anything"
    Marvel / Sony

    "Jake Gyllenhaal and Tom Holland were so good together in this movie, and this moment was really the culmination of all their hard work."


    25. In Captain Marvel, when Maria reassured Carol that she has always been powerful.

    Maria telling Carol that she's "the most powerful person" she knew way before she became a superhero and has always been there to support her

    "This is one of my favorite scenes in the movie and it just shows how great Maria and Carol are. Brie Larson and Lashana Lynch worked so well together in this movie, and this moment really demonstrates how hard they worked to make Maria and Carol's relationship so important."


    26. In Avengers: Infinity War, when Gamora realized that Thanos was about to sacrifice her on Vormir.

    Gamora trying to stab herself and the knife turning into bubbles

    "Zoe Saldana brought so much to this role, especially during this moment and all of Infinity War."


    27. In Iron Man 3, when Tony had several panic attacks throughout the film.

    JARVIS telling Tony that he experienced a "severe anxiety attack" and then, Tony having another attack and Harley telling him to breathe

    "Robert Downey Jr. did a great job portraying Tony's anxiety attacks, and seeing such a powerful character go through the same things as me was really inspiring."


    28. In Avengers: Endgame, when Wanda confronted Thanos on the battlefield.

    Wanda saying, "You took everything from me" and Thanos responding that he doesn't even know who she is. And Wanda saying, "You will"

    "Watching WandaVision has reminded me how heartbreaking this moment was. For the core Avengers, five years had passed, but for Wanda, she had lost Vision just minutes before. Elizabeth Olsen is so talented."


    29. In Avengers: Age of Ultron, when Vision first came to life and explained why the Avengers should trust him.

    Vision saying that they all need to work together and he doesn't think he's a monster, and everyone needs to trust him

    "The Avengers don’t know if they can trust him until he lifts Thor’s hammer here. It’s an amazing moment of caution to then understanding that he’s worthy by the rest of the cast and Paul Bettany’s earnest delivery as Vision."


    30. And finally, in Avengers: Infinity War, when Thor watched Loki die after Thanos arrived on their ship.

    Loki getting choked by Thanos and saying, "You will never be...a god" and Thor crying over Loki's dead body

    "Honestly, this moment is one of the most heartbreaking openings to a movie ever. I knew this movie was going to make me weep when this happened in the first ten minutes. Chris Hemsworth is so good at the comedic side of Thor, and seeing him showcase how he can do heartbreak just as well was incredible."


    We can't fit everything in one post, so which Marvel moments were so perfectly acted, they deserved an award? Tell us in the comments below!

    Some submissions have been edited for length and/or clarity.

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