Marvel has released countless incredible titles in many forms over the years. While they are infamous for creating some of the most iconic superheroes of all time, topped off with amazing character arcs and storylines, they have also blessed fans with some unforgettable lines! Stick around for the greatest Marvel quotes ever – from movies, comics, and TV shows.
Best Marvel Quotes of All Time
Major spoilers alert for anyone who hasn’t gotten through all of the Marvel titles just yet, as we will be touching on the events and context surrounding each of these quotes. While many of these statements are great as is, what makes them really stand out is often the meaning behind them within the Marvel universe.
50. “A victory has more meaning when it is won by the force of your own arms, the ingenuity of your own brain!”
Thor made this statement in Journey Into Mystery #119. It captures the value of any victory, big or small, highlighting that it’s far more worthwhile when it’s a result of one’s abilities and talents.
49. “We get back to work for the people who need us. And if we have to, we do it all over again — only bigger.”
Monica Rambeau makes this statement in Mighty Avengers #14, capturing the essence of why superheroes do what they do. They continue to press on for the innocent people who need them, no matter how hard the job can be.
48. “I still believe in heroes.”
This statement stems from a conversation between Nick Fury, Iron Man, and Captain America – the very conversation that sparked the creation of the Avengers. Nick Fury stated that he believed in the idea of bringing together a group of remarkable individuals to see if they could become something more.
Such a team could fight on behalf of humanity and take out threats that people never could on their own. This statement may be cheesy and old-fashioned, but it’s one of the most iconic quotes in the Marvel world.
47. “Whatever it takes.”
Although this statement is bold and inspirational as is, it’s really the context that makes it stand out. This quote was made following the events that wiped out half of all life in the universe, and it shows that no amount of loss is enough to stop our most beloved Marvel heroes.
The Avengers who were left behind had more than enough fight to continue the battle against Thanos. This statement really captures their spirit and perseverance against all odds, highlighting that they are willing to fight and intend to win – no matter what it takes.
46. “I only act like I know everything.”
This comedic quote was made by Captain America in Captain America: The Winter Soldier. He is well-known for being extremely confident in just about any situation, often giving the impression that he always knows exactly what he is doing.
However, he makes a shocking yet down-to-earth statement regarding this perception, stating that he only acts like he knows everything. This goes a long way in showing that Captain America is always as capable as he believes, as he convinces others they can do the same by adjusting their own mindsets.
45. “Symbols are nothing without the women and men that give them meaning.”
This statement was made by Sam Wilson within The Falcon and the Winter Soldier TV series, following a huge turning point for the character near the end of Avengers: Endgame. He makes his quote before passing on the mantle under the belief that he does not deserve it – fortunately, he does take the role after a series of events.
44. “The city is flying and we’re fighting an army of robots, and I have a bow and arrow. None of this makes sense.”
This quote was made by Hawkeye, who is a skilled but ordinary man in a career filled with mutants, monsters, artificial intelligence, and extraterrestrial beings. While Hawkeye is undoubtedly talented, he is often known for breaking the fourth wall with some oddball statements regarding the very plot he’s placed in.
He states that nothing around him makes sense, following on from what many fans may be thinking with jaws dropped. He’s a firm reminder that many of the events that take place within the Marvel world are genuinely crazy, even for the characters.
43. “I make grave mistakes all the time. Everything seems to work out.”
Thor is known for being a bit of an oddball, although it typically offers some comedic relief in tense situations. He focuses on this aspect of himself with this statement from Thor: Ragnarök, showing that he is completely aware of all the mistakes he has made in the past.
Although Thor spends a lot of time trying to get back in shape and train in order to earn his title again, he never forgets his darker days and slumps. This quote captures that no matter how many mistakes we have made, things can still turn around if we have the right intentions and motives.
42. “You got to stop looking to other people to tell you who you are.”
This quote stems from Sam Wilson in The Falcon and the Winter Soldier TV series, made in reference to Bucky as he struggled to find himself in the new world. Bucky was left alone following the events of Avengers: Endgame, in a world he didn’t grow up in, with no family or friends, and it was worsened by the fact that Captain America decided to leave in order to live out his ideal life with Peggy in the past.
Bucky was left stranded, trying to figure out who he is in the present and where to go from there, and Sam Wilson really helped him out by giving advice on numerous occasions. This statement was one of the most impactful moments for Bucky as he learned that his own worth is measured by himself and not the opinions of others.
41. “Vengeance has consumed you. It has consumed them. I am done allowing it to consume me. Justice will come soon enough.”
This quote stems from Captain America: Civil War, and it touches on a rather complex subject that’s often featured within the world of Marvel – both in creating heroes and villains. It focuses on how the urge to avenge others can turn good people into darker versions of themselves despite having pure motives.
40. “I know, but who you are ain’t so bad.”
Star-Lord makes this quote in Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3, although there’s quite a sad context surrounding the statement. Star-Lord and Gamora have a complex but iconic relationship within the world of Marvel, and fans were shocked to find that she did not return following her death at the hands of Thanos.
Although a Gamora from a different timeline appeared, Star-Lord would have to accept that things wouldn’t be the same – she was not the Gamora he knew and loved. Still, he tried with the new Gamora, who was not like the original Gamora at all, and he made this statement as a result.
39. “You get hurt, hurt ’em back. You get killed … walk it off.”
Captain America made this statement, and it’s proven to be one of his most memorable quotes of all time. This quote really captures Captain America’s rough and tough attitude alongside his devoted and relentless stance on being a superhero.
He is not new to suffering or sacrifice and flaunts a fearless face against any opponent, having come to terms with the risks of the job – and he expects the same of everyone on the team. Captain America is an incredible leader with a unique approach to pep talks, although these lines always seem to get everyone hyped for each threat they encounter.
38. “Existence is chaos. Nothing makes sense, so we try to make some sense of it.”
Mobius makes this complex yet accurate statement in the Loki TV series, fitting into a discussion Mobius and Loki had regarding existence, time, and the entire universe as a whole. Mobius has quickly become a new fan favorite, with the hilarious relationship between himself and Loki being a main point of intrigue.
While this quote captured his motive and drive for the entire series, it also hinted at a few concepts that would be featured in later MCU releases. Some examples of this could be the madness that comes from Doctor Strange’s multiverse adventures, or Wanda’s use of chaos magic.
37. “Love is a dagger. It’s a weapon to be wielded far away or up close. You can see yourself in it. It’s beautiful until it makes you bleed.”
This grim perspective on love and romance was shared by Loki in the Loki TV series on Disney+, giving fans a sneak peek into his rather gloomy history of relationships. It’s a complex metaphor that can be tricky to understand at first – in fact, Sylvie called it a terrible metaphor in response.
However, it does capture quite a lot from the view of those who have been hurt by love in the past, focusing on the pain that can be either inflicted, felt, or both. Either way, it shows that Loki’s love life has been a bumpy road – possibly hinting at causes for some of his personality traits.
36. “That’s my secret, Captain. I’m always angry.”
Bruce Banner made this statement in The Avengers, and it was one of the most thrilling moments in the movie for many fans. There’s nothing quite like seeing Bruce enter his Hulk state, but it was even more exciting considering the events that led up to this moment.
He struggled to keep Hulk under control and maintained his chilled-out Banner state up until the end of the movie. Just when Manhattan needed him most, he curled his fists and calmly transformed while smirking at a puzzled Captain America and dropping this iconic line.
35. “Trust yourself, trust your power – that’s how you stop it.”
Doctor Strange makes this statement to America Chavez in Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness, after hearing about her tragic background and the origin of her superpower. Instead of using his magical abilities, he offers kind words of encouragement and helps her realize her true potential.
34. “I have lived most of my life surrounded by enemies. I will be grateful to die among my friends.”
This dark yet honorable statement was made by Gamora in Guardians of the Galaxy, and it says a lot about her stance on her newfound role as a hero. While the quote had a bittersweet ring to it, it proved to be a grim foreshadowing.
33. “A true Defender never raises arms against an innocent, no matter how they threaten you.”
Doctor Strange is popular due to his incredible powers – and his loveably comedic personality. This quote from Doctor Strange Defenders #12 focuses on his sense of morality and his devotion to his role, stating that heroes should never use their powers against innocents, irrespective of the context.
32. “I can’t control their fear, only my own.”
Scarlet Witch made this statement in Captain America: Civil War and it’s still one of her most memorable moments to date. This piece of advice was given to her by Hawkeye, who provided some comfort after her actions led to the death of a civilian.
As a result, the public and other Avengers members become increasingly afraid of her. When Vision tells her that she needs to lay low for a while, she refuses the idea by making this statement.
31. “When the mob, the press, and the whole world tell you to move, your job is to plant yourself like a tree beside the river of truth and tell the whole world.”
Captain America makes this statement in Amazing Spider-Man #537, as a way of offering advice to Peter Parker – and, an iteration of this idea was made by Peggy and Sharon Carter as well. Spider-Man is noted for having a really tough time with the media and press in his city, constantly being painted in a bad light.
While this statement is bold and confident, in line with Captain America’s personality, it’s not practical for everyone. This was highlighted by Spider-Man’s comedic yet appropriate response, stating that the correct reaction would be to move.
30. “You are the product of all who came before you, the legacy of your family. You are your mother, and whether you like it or not, you are also your father.”
Shang-Chi made this statement in Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings. The quote came from his father and he shares it with other characters, capturing his sense of loyalty and commitment to his heritage and purpose.
29. “No one is ever truly bad, and no one is ever truly good. ”
This powerful statement stems from the Loki TV series and was made by none other than Loki himself, who is seen as one of the best Marvel antiheroes of all time. It captures the grey area within each individual, highlighting that no one is perfect – we all have the potential for good, evil, or perhaps even both.
28. “If you’re nothing without this suit, then you shouldn’t have it.”
This harsh yet accurate quote stems from Spider-Man: Homecoming. It shares a valid point regarding the hero’s ability having nothing to do with his or her outfit – superheroes should always be capable with their natural skills and talents, and their costumes should merely act as an additional bonus.
27. “You counter despair with hope. You strive forever for the best you are capable to be! Therein lies the victory!”
Ororo Munroe, primarily known as Storm, makes this interesting and inspiring statement in Heroes for Hope Starring the X-Men #1. This quote implies that it’s always possible to counteract negative influences by adding good to our lives.
It’s an even more interesting perspective considering that Storm spent time under the influence of villains, and would only join the X-Men later down the line. She is a symbol of hope for many young or misguided mutants within the Marvel world and represents the ability to pursue the best version of oneself.
26. “All we can do is our best, and sometimes the best we can do is start over.”
Peggy Carter hasn’t gotten much screen time, but just about any Captain America fan would know how important she is for this character’s development. He would have preferably spent his life happily married to Peggy under ordinary circumstances, but he would never get the chance.
This quote is powerful as it reflects that not all actions or mistakes can be undone, and sometimes the only option left is to start from scratch – no matter how hard the process can be. While it’s a memorable quote as is, what really makes it stand out is the fact that he chose to return to his time and be with Peggy in order to start over and live the life he wanted.
25. “We’re not just our failures. As much as they hurt, we learn from them. Then we go out there and do our best to make up for them — Even though we never will. We save people. We save as many as we can to make up for the ones we couldn’t. That’s all we do.”
This statement stems from All-New Captain America Special #1 and says a lot about how Marvel superheroes see their role within the world. Although they often celebrate their victories and successful missions, they never forget all of the times they have lost battles or failed.
Countless lives were lost over time, and the inability to save absolutely everyone will forever weigh on them. This concept ultimately led to the name of the “Avengers” as they avenge every life they cannot save, which makes this quote one of the most important within the Marvel universe among others that reflect the same ideals.
24. “If there’s nothing but what we make in this world, brothers… let us make good.”
Beta Ray Bill hasn’t gotten much of the spotlight when compared to similar but far more powerful figures such as Thor. But, he is noted for some wise and memorable comments, as seen with this quote from Beta Ray Bill – The Green of Eden Vol. 1.
He believes no one truly knows what will become of them in life, let alone the impact that each of our actions will have in the future. However, we all have the ability to add some goodness to the world with each day that goes by.
23. “Being the best you can be, that’s doable. That’s possible for anybody if they put their mind to it.”
Carol Danvers makes this inspirational statement in Ms. Marvel #50, highlighting that everyone has the ability to be the best version of themselves, irrespective of the situation or context. This quote captures a concept that is relatable for anyone – but, is still much easier said than done.
22. “We never lose our demons, Mordo. We only learn to live above them.”
The Doctor Strange saga is known for complex, multifaceted, and philosophical statements. This quote from The Ancient One touches on the fact that every individual has their own battles, weaknesses, and darker sides, most of which are kept behind closed doors.
Anyone who battles with trauma, grief, or subconscious weak spots would be able to relate to this quote to an extent, as would many who face long-term struggles. When it comes to the darker aspects of our own psyches, they can seem to merge with our very own shadows over time – as such, there is never truly a way to escape them.
Instead, people are forced to live with it, but not in the seemingly submissive manner that one might associate with having demons at all. Doctor Strange points out that such a mindset can empower people to ensure they remain above it, as it becomes the only way to maintain victory over the shadows or “demons” that haunt them.
21. “The hardest choices require the strongest wills.”
This deep and complex quote was made by Thanos in Avengers: Infinity War. While it’s certainly inspirational as is, being applicable to many real-life situations, the context of it being said by Thanos makes it so much darker.
20. “I don’t have to prove anything to you.”
Captain Marvel featured some incredible character development moments for Carol Danvers, as seen with her battle for independence. This quote captures the moment she blossomed into the Captain Marvel we all know and love, finally embracing just how powerful she is while stating that she doesn’t have to prove anything to others.
It was far more heartfelt after seeing how much she had done to prove herself to her former allies. This was an epic moment to see on screen, and the context of this statement makes it shine along with her hair and newfound aura.
19. “Better to die as men — Than to live as slaves!”
T’Challa is known for being wise, solemn, calm, and bold – with a demeanor that resembles ancient royalty at best. Black Panther makes this powerful statement with the release of Marvel Double Feature #21, where he makes it clear he will fight to the death if it means freeing the people he represents.
18. “What is grief, if not love persevering?”
Vision is adored for his kind words and calm personality, even in the face of threats. He made this statement in Captain America: Civil War, later shown via a flashback in WandaVision Episode 8 as Vision comforts Wanda over the loss of her brother Pietro.
Considering that Vision does not experience emotion on the same level as humans, this quote was surprising for fans. It’s still seen as one of the most comforting and beautiful words that exist within the MCU.
17. “Focus solely on your goal, regardless of your surroundings. Be in the now. Set up and draw. Inhale and prepare for what you are about to do… take responsibility for the outcome, for every shot.”
This statement was made by Clint Barton, more commonly known as Hawkeye, and was featured with the release of Hawkeye & Mockingbird #3. He is exceptionally gifted when it comes to stealth and accuracy, which makes him an integral background member of Marvel’s main crew – since, most of them lack the ability to simply lay low.
He shares his perspective on remaining focused and determined in every single thing he does, all summed up in a beautifully captured metaphor involving Hawkeye’s bow. Hawkeye embraces each moment by the second, which helps him accomplish some incredible tasks.
16. “It’s not about how much we have lost, it’s about how much we have left.”
Fans have seen plenty of grief within the Marvel main timeline as a whole, including some beloved characters and loveable side characters. Things came to a head with the release of Avengers: Endgame, and fans were expecting the worst fight and best victory we’d seen in years.
While things have seemed to continue along a bittersweet chain of events within the MCU, the heroes who remained in Avengers: Endgame reminded others that loss should never be grounds for true defeat. Tony Stark makes it clear that regardless of how much they lose, there will always be more to fight for.
15. “The world is full of evil and lies and pain and death, and you can’t hide from it; you can only face it. The question is, when you do – How do you respond? Who do you become?”
Phil Coulson makes this statement within the Avengers storyline, capturing the complexity of understanding one’s own identity. The quote implies that people cannot judge their own true character when they are at their best, but by who they become in the face of challenges.
14. “The only power I have is I believe we can do better.”
Sam Wilson makes this statement within The Falcon and the Winter Soldier TV series, and it says a lot about his character as a whole. He was never as confident about being a superhero compared to others, and he even stepped down from the job temporarily for this reason.
He takes a moment to show pride in the fact that he doesn’t have powers or special abilities of his own – all of his power lies in his dream of pursuing a better world. Sam Wilson may not be as tough as others, but he offers a human and relatable element that makes him both well-loved and valuable as an ally.
13. “Good is not a thing you are. It’s a thing you do.”
This simple yet brilliant quote stems from Ms. Marvel. It embodies a concept that many Marvel figures have touched on in this list, that anyone can be good or bad, by stating that ‘good’ is more of a verb than an adjective – it’s something people should strive to do, and not necessarily to be.
12. “Everyone fails at who they’re supposed to be, Thor. The measure of a person, of a hero, is how well they succeed at being who they are.”
Frigga makes this statement in Avengers: Endgame, as part of a comforting chat with Thor. It’s a great quote that communicates everyone fails at aspects of their ‘ideal’ self or life – but, everyone is capable of being who they are and being the best version of themself, as echoed by many other Marvel characters’ perspectives.
11. “Because we’re stronger when we’re together. And together… We. Are. Venom.”
Eddie Brock and Venom are one of the most well-loved Marvel duos out there, being a legendary tag team that dances the line between hero and anti-hero. These two have had their ups and downs, but there’s just nothing like the adorably ridiculous friendship between them – as well as how badass they can be together, as captured in this quote from Spider-Man.
10. “We come into the world alone, and we leave the same way. The time we spend in-between — time spent alive, sharing, learning together — is all that makes life worth living.”
Jean Grey is an unbelievably powerful figure with a tragic storyline, although she spent most of her superhero career flying under the radar. She’s always seemed to have an edge on her shoulder, often seen in the way she interacts with people, but it’s a personality trait that makes her quite interesting.
She makes this harsh yet relatable and oddly positive quote in Uncanny X-Men #303, touching on how we should approach the idea of living. Although she is quite an isolated individual, this statement has an underlying theme involving community and relationships – which makes it more beautiful coming from her.
9. “Heroes are made by the path they choose, not the powers they are graced with.”
This statement was featured within the MCU Iron Man saga, in reference to how true heroes are created. It captures the fact that being a mutant or superpowered individual means nothing toward heroism in the grand scheme – one could become anything, including a powerful Marvel supervillain.
Every individual decides the path they choose to follow, irrespective of their traits and talents. What makes one stand out as a hero is the choices they make and how they use their powers.
8. “You keep waiting for the dust to settle, and then you realize this is it; the dust is your life going on. If happy comes along — that weird, unbearable delight that’s actually happy — I think you have to grab it while you can.”
Kitty Pryde makes this fun-loving and relatable statement in Astonishing X-Men #22, communicating the importance of living in the moment from time to time. No one ever knows when peace will come, and every day will bring a set of new challenges.
The dust never really settles truly – and when it does, it won’t be for long, meaning that one should always cherish those moments when they come around. This quote is even more fitting considering the active and unpredictable lifestyle of superheroes.
7. ” A family is forever. We could never truly leave each other, even if we tried.”
Wanda makes this statement in the WandaVision TV series, touching on her mental and emotional state after losing Vision as well as the life she would have had with their two sons. It’s a sad yet relatable quote that really puts her motives into perspective, as her grief is the sole reason behind her taking over Westview and following on to pursue a darker path.
6. “The greatest power on Earth is the magnificent power we all of us possess… the power of the human brain!”
Professor Charles Xavier is undeniably gifted, wielding abilities that could stump even some of the most powerful Marvel figures. He makes this statement in Uncanny X-Men #2 in reference to his mutant ability as well as his passion for learning more about the human mind.
5. “I don’t need you to tell me who I am.”
This was one of the most epic quotes to have ever come from the Scarlet Witch, made while transforming into her empowered state. She made this statement while taking on a dark witch named Agatha in the WansaVision TV series finale, reminding Agatha that Wanda’s powers belonged to her irrespective of prophecies.
4. “Love is for souls, not bodies.”
This quote is seen as one of the best Scarlet Witch quotes of all time, as it’s an incredible statement that many Marvel fans adore. There are many aspects that make this statement more complex coming from her, such as the loss of her brother or her relationship with Vision.
Scarlet Witch’s life is primarily based around love, family, and loss, which brings a ton of different elements to her character development. As such, she often expresses her emotions in short and bittersweet phrases that are hard to forget.
3. “At some point, we all have to choose, between what the world wants you to be, and who you are.”
Natasha Romanoff, mainly known as Black Widow, makes this bold and touching statement in Black Widow. The movie was incredibly heartbreaking and heartwarming simultaneously, and seeing her childhood really paints this statement in an entirely different light.
2. “Just because something works, doesn’t mean it can’t be improved.”
Shuri makes this statement in Black Panther, and it’s a wise quote that can be applied to just about anything. Regardless of how efficient or ideal any aspect of life is, there is always room for reflection and improvement.
1.“With great power comes great responsibility.”
Ben Parker is the face behind this iconic Marvel quote, which has been repeated numerous times throughout the Spider-Man saga. Uncle Ben has been a massive source of hope and determination for Peter Parker throughout his life, as well as through his transition into becoming Spider-Man. It’s short, sweet, and effective, now being an infamous quote that has stuck with Marvel fans over many years.
Those are all of the greatest Marvel quotes ever, from MCU movies, Marvel Comics, and some of the most well-loved TV shows surrounding Marvel characters. While these heroes all have varying backgrounds and motives, they have definitely blessed fans with a flood of unique and often relatable lines.
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