It’s stating the obvious to note that the Marvel Cinematic Universe is largely driven by superhero spectacle, with good versus evil confrontations that have the fate of the world hanging in the balance. However, viewers love the smaller, more personal moments just as much.
A great example is the recent Disney Plus series Moon Knight, which didn’t have wall-to-wall set pieces but managed to grab the attention from the start due to Oscar Isaac’s amazing parallel turn as Marc Spector and Steven Grant. Another example is Avengers: Age of Ultron, when Earth’s Mightiest Heroes are simply required to shoot the sh*t.
It’s basically nothing but a bunch of fantastic actors sitting around a table exchanging quips and banter, yet Reddit is in almost unshakable agreement that the short exchange remains one of the greatest single moments in the franchise’s long and illustrious history, with over 30 projects already under its belt.
There was even a payoff to the sequence, with Steve Rogers effortlessly wielding Mjolnir in Endgame, reinforcing those fan theories claiming that Steve Rogers could have easily proved himself worthy if he wanted to, but he’s too nice of a guy to embarrass Thor in front of his coworkers.
The Age of Ultron is typically divisive among MCU fans, although the party scene is undoubtedly a highlight from an otherwise-divisive comic book saga that continues to generate debate and discussion today.