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33 Tiny Marvel Cinematic Universe Moments That Are Devastating, But Not A Lot Of People Talk About Them

Natasha crying while eating a peanut butter sandwich breaks my heart every time.

We recently asked the BuzzFeed Community to tell us which small and heartbreaking MCU moments aren't talked about enough. Here are some of the best responses:

Warning: There are massive spoilers ahead! And #3 mentions suicide.

1. First, in Spider-Man: Homecoming, when Peter tells Ned that Aunt May can't find out about his secret identity.

Peter telling Ned, "I cannot do that to her right now. You know? I mean, everything that's happened with her"
Marvel / Sony

"When Peter tells Ned that Aunt May can’t find out because she’s been through so much. Even though we don’t see Uncle Ben die in this movie, it’s implied that’s what Peter’s talking about."


2. In Avengers: Endgame, when the title card simply reads, "Five years later."

Thor walking out of Thanos' hut, and a title card reading "Five years later"

"I will never forget the chill I felt and the gasps in the theater when the 'five years later' card came up in Endgame."


3. In The Avengers, when Bruce reveals that he tried to kill himself shortly after he became the Hulk for the first time.

Bruce explaining how he shot himself and the Hulk spit the bullet back out

"Literally no one talks about the fact that Bruce just admitted to attempting suicide. That moment always breaks my heart, but no one acknowledges it."


4. In Avengers: Endgame, when Natasha tells Steve that she'll see him soon.

Natasha looking at Steve and saying, "See ya in a minute"

"It breaks me every single time."


5. In WandaVision, when Wanda describes to Vision how her grief is like drowning over and over again.

Wanda explaining to Vision how her grief feels like a wave that keeps knocking her down and "It's just gonna drown me"
Marvel / Disney+

"I know people usually mention when Vision said, 'What is grief, if not love persevering,' but what really got to me during that scene was how Wanda described her grief as merciless and drowning her. It was such an accurate and well-written portrayal of grief. Also, seeing how Vision was the one person there for her when she was at her worst just broke me. We all could use a Vision during tough times."


6. In Captain America: The Winter Soldier, when Sam revealed that he watched his best friend die.

Sam telling Steve how his wingman Riley was shot down and he couldn't save him

"I love Sam Wilson with all of my heart, and I don’t think a lot of people really remember that he lost his best friend. I’m really sad that we didn’t get any mention of Riley in TFATWS. I feel like his friend’s death is a lot of what makes him who he is. It’s why he runs the support groups, why he was so eager to help and be loyal to Steve when he barely knew him. Just the fact that when Steve went back in time he lost two of his best friends (but gained Bucky) makes it even more heartbreaking. He deserves so much better."


7. In Loki, when you realize Loki's file in the TVA doesn't end when Thanos snaps his neck, but rather when Thor hugs him, meaning he felt that hug.

Loki watching a projection of Thor lying on top of his dead body
Marvel / Disney+

"That's the last thing he remembers/feels, and I cry every single time."


8. In Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., when the team says goodbye to Bobby and Hunter with a "spy's goodbye."

Bobby and Hunter raising shots with May and Mack, who are across the bar
Marvel / ABC

"The 'spy’s goodbye' is even worse since no one could talk to them, and for all they knew that would be the last time they ever saw them."


9. In The Falcon and the Winter Soldier, when Bucky is afraid that Steve might've been wrong about him.

Bucky saying, "So maybe he was wrong about you. And if he was wrong about you, then he was wrong about me"
Marvel / Disney+

"This totally shattered my heart because Bucky doesn't think he's good enough!"


10. In Black Widow, when we find out Yelena got the dog she always wanted and named her Fanny, which was the fake identity Natasha was given earlier in the film.

Yelena saying, "Come on, Fanny" as her dog jumps out of her truck

"Oh god, everything about the Black Widow post-credit scene, but especially the small callbacks of Yelena getting a dog and naming it Fanny. My heart shattered."


11. In Runaways, when Molly finds out that her parents are sending her away, and Gert just holds her.

Gert telling Molly they are sisters forever and she won't let anything bad happen to her
Marvel / Hulu

"It’s such a heartbreaking scene between the sisters."


12. In Avengers: Endgame, when Tony gets emotional after he spots a framed photo of Peter.

Tony looking at a picture of him and Peter giving each other bunny ears

"Their relationship was so sweet and emotional if only for a few movies."


13. In Thor: Ragnarok, when Thor mentions to Loki that he looked up to him and thought everything of him growing up.

Thor saying, "Loki, I thought the world of you. I thought we were gonna fight side by side forever"

"There's just this moment when you can see them both realize how much they've lost, and it's even more effective because it's an unexpected serious moment in the middle of the mostly comedic escape sequence."


14. In Avengers: Endgame, when we see that Natasha's blonde hair is slowly growing out.

Natasha leaning over a desk with red and blonde hair

"This one might be silly, but I love that Nat's blonde hair dye is grown out, but not cut off in Endgame. A running thing in the MCU is that Nat always has a new hairdo for every movie; she even buys dye in Black Widow as a nod to this. So the fact that she couldn't bring herself to cut, dye, or style her hair in Endgame was such an interesting character choice. Without saying a single word, it communicated the level of despair she was feeling. I thought it was a brilliant detail."


15. In Captain America: The Winter Soldier, when Steve and Peggy are talking about starting over, but then Peggy forgets their conversation minutes later.

Peggy telling Steve they need to start over, then Steve gets a glass of water and she says, "Steve you're alive"

"The moment Steve turns back, Peggy forgets the whole conversation and acts like she’s just now seeing him for the first time in 70 years. God, the pain in his eyes! You know this scenario has played out multiple times, and Steve just keeps going with the flow because he loves his best girl."


16. In Spider-Man: Homecoming, when Peter is stuck under the rubble and can't get out.

Peter screaming, "I'm down here. I'm stuck. Come on, Peter. Come on, Spider-Man"
Marvel / Sony

"When he's telling himself that he's strong and can do it, I get so emotional."


17. In Loki, when Loki admits that he doesn't like hurting people after he watches his life play out.

Loki saying, "I don't enjoy hurting people. i don't enjoy it. I do it because I have to, because I've had to"
Marvel / Disney+

"It's such a heartbreaking moment because Loki believes himself to be weak and a villain."


18. In Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., when Daisy says goodbye to Coulson before he dies at the end of Season 5.

Coulson telling Daisy he left her a note and he's proud of her, then the two of them saying "I love you" and hugging
Marvel / ABC

"When Daisy knew it was the last time she would ever see him because he was dying, it broke me. When Coulson tells her he's so proud of her, I cried. It was such a sweet moment, and it really showed how much of a father figure he was to her."


19. In Thor: The Dark World, when Loki reveals that he's actually trashed his cell and is emotional after his mother's death.

Thor telling Loki to drop the illusions, and we see Loki in his trashed cell, leaning against a wall, crying

"When Thor tells Loki to stop hiding himself, and Loki unveils that he’s a mess and has trashed his cell. It was so sad seeing how upset he was, and this is the first time we really see Loki vulnerable."


20. In WandaVision, when Wanda hears Billy and Tommy's voices while studying the Darkhold.

Wanda holding the Darkhold and hearing Billy and Tommy saying, "Mom, help! Mom, please"
Marvel / Disney+

"I can't wait to know what happens next with Wanda and the twins, especially since the twins aren't supposed to even exist anymore."


21. In The Falcon and the Winter Soldier, when Sam wiped the blood off the shield.

Sam getting emotional while cleaning blood off of Captain America's shield
Marvel / Disney+

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22. In Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2, when the Ravagers arrive for Yondu's funeral.

The Guardians of the Galaxy watching the Ravagers turn on the lights on their ship

"The funeral for Yondu made me cry harder than any MCU moment to date. Especially after finding out that he didn’t kidnap Quill, but actually saved him from his dad. Also, for Rocket to realize that he actually has a family and people who love him. Ugh, the whole scene just kills me."


23. In The Falcon and the Winter Soldier, when Ayo uses the activation words on Bucky, and he realizes he's finally free of Hydra's control.

Ayo telling Bucky, "You are free" as Bucky sobs
Marvel / Disney+

Suggested by: pbjtime06

24. In Avengers: Endgame, when Scott exits the Quantum Realm and reunites with Cassie.

Cassie and Scott looking at each other and hugging

"His relief AND sadness at seeing a grown Cassie is heartbreaking. As a parent, time moves fast enough; I can’t imagine missing five years of their childhood."


25. In Avengers: Endgame, when Steve stumbles into Peggy's office and sees the framed photo of him on her desk.

Steve holding an old picture of himself and spotting Peggy through a window

"The utter PAIN on his face because all he wanted to do from the very beginning was be with the love of his life, but he can’t mess up the timeline because he literally has to save the universe! Ugh, it just made Steve and Peggy's ending that much more satisfying."


26. In Guardians of the Galaxy, when Drax tells the Guardians how happy he is that he's been accepted by this new family.

Drax saying, "I want you all to know what I am grateful for your acceptance after my blunders. It is pleading to once again have friends"

Suggested by: moncynnes

27. In Avengers: Infinity War, when Sam is all alone and he's dusted by Thanos.

Sam disappearing and Rhodey saying, "Sam? Sam, where you at?"

"I absolutely cannot stop thinking about Sam being alone when he gets dusted in Infinity War. That would be heartbreaking enough as it is, but then you add in that Rhodey was looking for him at the time, was so close to finding him, and then you can hear him call out for Sam again after the scene moves on."


28. In Spider-Man: Homecoming, when Tony tells Peter that if he dies it will be Tony's fault.

Tony telling Peter, "And if you died, I feel like that's on me. I don't need that on my conscience"
Marvel / Sony

"I think when Peter says, 'I'm sorry,' in Inifity War before getting dusted, it's related to Tony saying this. I agree with many fan theories that Peter says this because he remembers that Tony will feel so guilty about the fact that he didn’t make it back to Earth."


29. In Avengers: Endgame, when Natasha cries while eating her peanut butter sandwich.

Natasha crying while eating her sandwich and saying, "Will you find out where he's going next? Please"

"The isolation of the scene once the holograms disappear, her grown-out red hair with blonde ends, pulling herself half together as Steve walks in, etc. You just see what a toll the last five years has taken on her and the MCU as a whole."


30. In Thor: Ragnarok, when Loki goes into Valkyrie's memories and we learn how she lost all of her family.

Valkyrie fighting in a battle

"I don't think we talk about Valkyrie's tragic backstory enough and how she had to watch everyone she loved die at the hands of Hela."


31. In Avengers: Age of Ultron, when Wanda senses that Pietro died and unleashes her magic.

Wanda sinking to her knees and crying

"Her scream and collapse on the ground broke my heart, and later on in the movie when she confronts Ultron I get teary-eyed every time. I think this moment became more talked about after WandaVision too."


32. In Avengers: Endgame, when Clint turns around and notices that his entire family is gone.

Clint running around yelling after his family

"When Barton turned around and his family was gone. He didn't know what was happening with Thanos, and they're just gone in a blink. The panic he must have felt."


33. And finally, in Avengers: Endgame, when Morgan wants to go get cheeseburgers with Happy after Tony's funeral.

Happy telling Morgan he'll get her all the cheeseburgers she wants

"It’s a great conversation with Happy, and he gets a connection with Morgan, but also it's a callback to his conversation with Tony. It’s a great callback all around and a nice way to show how much alike Morgan and Tony are too."


Now, we can't fit everyone into one post, so tell us what other small and devastating Marvel moments you think deserve more attention in the comments below!

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