From: Marvel’s The Avengers
Who said it?: Phil Coulson
The story behind the quote: This week’s quote comes from the first Avengers movie. This film was a geek’s dream come true as it assembled Marvel’s and Earth’s Mightiest Heroes in one film. After seeing the likes of Iron Man, Thor and Captain America in their own standalone films, it was almost unimaginable that we would get an Avengers film before. But this movie made those dreams come true.
The quote comes near the start of the movie. Steve Rogers AKA Captain America (played by Chris Evans) is being brought to a SHIELD Helicarrier with Agent Phil Coulson. Phil gushes over Captain America and even mentions that he helped redesign the uniform. Steve remarks that the trademark American flag motif seems a little outdated. Phil replies that things are about to go bad before delivering the quote.
Geek wisdom: It’s so easy to fall into dismay these days as life has become complicated. Sometimes we have to be reminded of a simpler time when we did things, not for our benefit, but for when it was the right thing to do.
From: Spider-Man: Homecoming
Who said it?: Tony Stark/Iron Man
The story behind the quote: This week’s quote comes from Spider-Man: Homecoming. The film is essentially a reboot of the previous Spider-Man films and, although it was made by Sony Pictures, it was made by Marvel Studios in a licensing deal to allow the Wall Crawler to be a part of the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Oddly enough, it doesn’t come from your friendly neighborhood Spider-Man, though.
The quote comes fairly late in the movie. Spider-Man tries to foil an arms deal but something goes wrong and Tony Stark/Iron Man (played by Robert Downey Jr.) has to come in and save the day. Tony tells Peter Parker/Spider-Man (played by Tom Holland) that he’s taking the Spider-Man suit back. Peter pleads to his mentor/idol that he needs the suit. This is when Tony delivers the quote.
Geek wisdom: It shouldn’t be the suit that makes the man. It should be the man that makes the suit. It’s kind of fitting that it’s Tony Stark that tells Peter Parker this as, although he’s widely known as Iron Man, he doesn’t have to rely on that suit of armor to fight the good fight. A good person has to have a good heart, code of honor and the will to fight the good fight, not a fancy suit filled with gadgets.
From: Spider-Man (specifically, Spider-Man 2)
Who said it?: Aunt May
The story behind the quote: This week’s quote comes from Spider-Man 2, the 2004 film starring Tobey Maguire as the Marvel superhero Spider-Man. The plot has Peter Parker giving up his role as Spider-Man as he has been having difficulty taking on his regular/normal life and balancing it out with his role as protector of New York.
The quote comes from the middle of the film. Aunt May (played by Rosemary Harris) is moving out of her house when Peter drops by to apologize for dropping a bombshell that he part of the reason why Uncle Ben was murdered. Aunt May forgives her nephew and comments that he was brave to do so.
The kid that was helping Aunt May pack recognizes Peter as the man who takes pictures of Spider-Man and asks Peter what happened to the superhero. Aunt May then comments that Spider-Man inspired the kid as well as herself. This is when she delivers the quote and that Spider-Man was an example for us to follow.
Geek wisdom: It may be cliche to say but you don’t need superpowers to be a hero. Heroism is doing the right thing and the brave thing, even when things look hopeless. Being a hero means that you have to keep on fighting when you know what you’re doing is righteous.
From: Doctor Strange
Who said it?: Doctor Strange
The story behind the quote: This week’s quote comes from the 2016 Marvel superhero film, Doctor Strange. The film focuses on Stephen Strange, a skilled surgeon who loses his fine tuned motor skills in a car accident. In an attempt to heal his hands, he travels to Tibet. Under the tutelage of the Ancient One, he instead becomes trained in the mystic arts and becomes the Sorcerer Supreme, dedicated to defending this dimension from Dormammu of the Dark Dimension.
The quote comes near the end of the film. Doctor Strange (played by Benedict Cumberbatch) enters the Dark Dimension to talk to Dormammu. However, before he does talk to that dimension’s ruler, Strange casts a spell using the Eye of Agamotto (which actually houses the Time Stone) before delivering the quote to Dormammu… several times.
Geek wisdom: When talking to someone you know will not play fair, you may have to use dirty tactics yourself. While it may not seem like the “honest” or even the “honorable” thing to do, this may be the only way to get a “fair” deal from them. Sometimes, the end does justify the means.
From: Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2
Who said it?: Yondu
The story behind the quote: The quote comes from Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2. The titular group is formed with an eclectic cast of characters, which include a human being who is part “god,” the adopted daughter of a “mad titan,” a strong but dimwitted man who doesn’t understand sarcasm, the leader of a pirate gang, and a talking raccoon and tree. On paper, it may not seem like a good idea to put these oddities on screen but their films have drawn critical acclaim and box office success.
The quote comes from near the end of the film. Peter Quill AKA Star-Lord (played by Chris Pratt) had just defeated his “god” of a father, which leads to the planet self-destructing. Yondu (played by Michael Rooker), the space pirate who actually raised Peter in order to protect him from his biological father, manages to save him by flying them into space. He does deliver the quote before expiring from the harshness of outer space.
Geek wisdom: Being a father isn’t just siring a child. Being a father also means being their for the child you created. A real father will make the effort to do right by their children.
Who said it?: Deadpool/Wade Wilson
The story behind the quote: This week’s quote comes the first Deadpool film, which was released in 2016. Deadpool is Wade Wilson,a Marvel anti-hero noted for being one of the funniest comic book characters ever created. Most of the humor is derived from the fact that he knows he’s in a comic book and he breaks the fourth wall often because of it.
The quote comes a couple of times in the movie but the first time it’s uttered is just before the freeway action scene. Deadpool (played by Ryan Reynolds) is sitting atop a network of freeways while waiting for Ajax, the man who gave him his powers. He turns to the camera and talks to the viewer for a bit before he notices Ajax’s convoy driving close. He then delivers the quote before jumping into battle.
Geek wisdom: Always give it your all with whatever you do. This is usually the best thing you can do to achieve your goals. And even if you don’t succeed, at least you’ll know you did your best.
From: Captain America: The Winter Soldier
Who said it?: Black Widow/Natasha Romanoff
The story behind the quote: This week’s quote comes from Captain America: The Winter Soldier. It is the sequel to Captain America: The First Avenger and the ninth film in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. In the film, Captain America and Black Widow (played by Chris Evans and Scarlett Johansson, respectively) have to uncover a conspiracy involving SHIELD while facing off against Captain America’s old friend, Bucky, who is now the assassin known as The Winter Soldier.
The quote comes from the middle of the film. After fleeing from SHIELD, Captain America and Black Widow head to New Jersey. They get to talking as they had to kiss in order to disguise themselves. The two banter about relationships and Cap admits that it’s difficult for him to find someone to relate with. Natasha suggests that he just lie, which Cap exclaims that he just can’t to that. This is when Black Widow delivers the quote.
Geek wisdom: One person’s truth is another person’s fiction. This is because we are all different people and we all have different beliefs. In fact, it is possible for a person to actually change his mind about something after some time has passed. Nothing stays the same and everything does change.
From: Captain America (but specifically from Daredevil #233)
Who said it?: Captain America
The story behind the quote: This week’s quote comes from a very old comic but the saying still rings true, especially during these troubled times.
This week’s quote comes from Captain America, who made a guest appearance in Daredevil Issue #233. In the issue, Daredevil is in the middle of a battle against the supervillain known as Nuke. Daredevil manages to take out Nuke but the Avengers, who were busy helping civilians during the fight, arrest Nuke afterwards. Later, Captain America meets up with Daredevil and the patriotic hero asks The Man Without Fear who Nuke is. Daredevil retorts and tells Captain America to ask his “superiors” (the US government) who Nuke is, as Nuke has the United States flag tattooed on his face.
Captain America does just that and asks one of the generals who Nuke really is. The general hints that the information is classified and that, as a patriot and a good soldier, Captain America should stop looking into to. This is when Captain America delivers the quote while holding on the flag of the USA.
Geek wisdom: People nowadays seem to be taking sides. It may be about political ideals on how people have become too conservative/liberal. Or it could be how one’s lifestyle is corrupting the world we live in and we denounce the “other side.” We are currently dividing ourselves needlessly because we all want the best for ourselves and everyone. The worst thing is that we become loyal to one “side” just because of our race, religion or party alignment without even taking a step back to think for ourselves if the “side” we’re on actually falls on what we believe in.
From: Guardians of the Galaxy
Who said it?: Groot
The story behind the quote: This quote comes from, well, Groot from the Marvel film and surprise hit, Guardians of the Galaxy. Yes, it was a surprise that a movie that featured a bunch of Marvel characters that only hardcore comic book collectors know about managed to smash all sorts of box office records!
Anyway, the quote is actually the only thing that Groot (voiced by Vin Diesel) can say as explained by Rocket (voiced by Bradley Cooper).
Actually, the explanation why Groot says just these three words, it turns out it just sounds like he is just saying I Am Groot. Underneath those three little words are a series of inflections and very subtle tonal changes that acts like his vocabulary.
There’s actually an entire language he speaks but you have to be incredibly astute to understand all of those almost negligible changes in pitches and speed to understand him.
Geek wisdom: Sometimes, it’s not what you say but how you say it. In fact, sometimes, the way you say something may change the meaning of the words themselves. Additionally, you have to also remember that actions speak louder than words. While we may not be able to understand what Groot is saying practically all the time, he lets his actions do the talking for him most of the time.
From: Marvel’s The Avengers
Who said it?: The Incredible Hulk
The story behind the quote: This week’s quote comes from the first Avengers movie. The film is the culmination of years of planning on Marvel comics part to create a vast cinematic universe. The film was one of the most anticipated movies of 2012 and was both a critical and financial success as Marvel took the risk of actually assembling all of the superheroes that appeared in their previous films into one film.
The quote comes during the climatic battle scene. Loki (played by Tom Hiddleston), who is leading the alien Chitauri in an invasion of Earth, is attacked by The Hulk (voice acted by Mark Ruffalo, who also portrays The Hulk’s alter ego, Bruce Banner). Loki, incenses by Hulk’s show of brute force against him, yells at the gamma irradiated hero. The god chastises The Hulk for even attacking him as the “creature” is beneath him. However, his speech is cut short as Hulk proceeds to toss him around like a rag doll. After the beating, The Hulk delivers the quote.
Geek wisdom: There may be times when you feel like you are untouchable and you are the best in the world. However, this is simply not true as there will always be someone better than you. And even if it is fact that you are the best in the world at something, if you rest on your laurels, there will be always be someone trying to become better than you.