“For years, I’ve been treating the Hulk like he’s some kind of disease, something to get rid of. But then I started looking at him as the cure.”

From: Avengers: Endgame

Genre: Movies

Who said it?: Bruce Banner/The Hulk

The story behind the quote: This week’s quote comes from the Marvel Cinematic Universe film, Avengers: Endgame. The movie was the climax of a decades long story that started way back in 2009 with Iron Man. The heroes have been defeated but it turns out there is still something they can do to, at the very least, set things right to the way things were.

The quote comes during the start of the movie. Captain America and Black Widow take Ant-Man to see Bruce Banner (played by Mark Ruffalo). However, instead of seeing a mindless monster or a meek scientist, Banner finally figured out how to merge both his Hulk side and his normal side into one being. He explains that, when they lost in the previous film, it was doubly hard on him as he lost twice. This is when he delivered the quote.

Geek wisdom: Sometimes, the thing you think is your greatest weakness can actually be made into your greatest strength. It’s just all about how you can utilize whatever you have in yourself and make it work for you.

“Teach me.”

From: Doctor Strange

Genre: Movies

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 start of the film. Doctor Stephen Strange (played by Benedict Cumberbatch) enters a temple in Tibet in the hopes to find a way to fix his injured hands. There he meets the Ancient One (played by Tilda Swinton). Thinking she’s just a shyster, he rebuffs her as Strange thinks all of her mystical talk is all fake. The Ancient One then proves what she says is real by sending Doctor Strange on a journey throughout the multiverse. When Strange returns to his reality. He delivers the quote.

Geek wisdom: A truly humble person, despite being an expert in his or her field or who has become quite knowledgeable with the way the world works, will always remember that there is always something to learn. We all have to be this way as we will stop learning and growing otherwise.

“Tony Stark was able to build this in a cave! With a bunch of scraps!”

From: Iron Man

Genre: Movies

Who said it?: Obadiah Stane

The story behind the quote: This quote comes from the 2009 superhero film, Iron Man. The film stars Robert Downey Jr. as Tony Stark who, after getting kidnapped by terrorists, builds a suit of armor to escape his captors. After realizing his weapons were being used by the terrorists, he decides to refine the armor to fight them as well as becoming the first superhero in the Marvel Cinematic Universe.

The quote comes from the middle of the film movie. Tony Stark’s business partner, Obadiah Stane (played by Jeff Bridges), hires a group of scientist to recreate Stark’s huge arc reactor in miniature form as he needs it to power up his own Iron Man suit. His scientists tell him they’re unable to duplicate the technology. This make Stane very upset and he berates the head scientist by delivering the quote.

Geek wisdom: Most of anything is possible but you have to be ready to put in the time and the hard work to achieve it. If you have the mindset that it cannot be done, then it becomes a self-fulfilling prophesy as you’ll never put in the required work to accomplish your goal.

“Well, that’s just lazy writing.”

From: Deadpool

Genre: Movies

Who said it?: Deadpool/Wade Wilson

The story behind the quote: This week’s quote comes the second Deadpool film, which was released in 2018. 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 in the middle of the film, Cable (played by Josh Brolin) goes to Deadpool/Wade Wilson (played by Ryan Reynolds) and asks for his help in order to stop Russell before he makes his first kill. Deadpool then asks Cable, since he’s a time traveler, why doesn’t he just go back further in time and stop Russell when he was a baby. Cable then explains that the further you go back in time, the more difficult it gets to control. Also, he only has one charge left and he’s saving it to get back to his present. This is when Deadpool turns to the camera and delivers the quote.

Geek wisdom:  If you don’t put in the required effort, you can bet there will be someone to call you out for it. If you want the best, you have to put out the best yourself.

“This is a moment. A moment to repeat the mistakes of the past. Or to work together for a better future.”

From: X-2: X-Men United

Genre: Movies

Who said it?: Charles Xavier

The story behind the quote: This week’s quote comes from the 2003 Marvel superhero movie, X-2: X-Men United. The plot revolves around a government operative named William Stryker and his plans to hunt and incarcerate all mutants of the world by kidnapping Charles Xavier, leader of the X-Men, and using his mutant abilities to kill all mutants in the world. This leads the X-Men to attempt to rescue their mentor.

The quote comes from the end of the film. The President of the United States is about to give a speech about how all mutants are a threat. Before he does, Charles Xavier (played by Patrick Steward) hands the President files proving that Stryker orchestrated the events of the film. Xavier, in the hopes the President will change his mind, delivers the quote.

Geek wisdom: We all never forget about the atrocities of the past but we must also recognize them as mistakes we have made. It is only then when we can learn from them and work together to move on to a better tomorrow.

“Part of the journey is the end.”

From: Avengers: Endgame

Genre: Movies

Who said it?: Tony Stark

The story behind the quote: This quote comes from the 22nd film in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, Avengers: Endgame. The film has received both critical and financial success and has surpassed Avatar as the highest grossing films of all time.

The quote comes near the end of the film. Iron Man/Tony Stark (played by Robert Downey, Jr.) has recorded his own eulogy in case of his untimely demise, which does happen. He does realize the riskiness of his plan and there’s a chance it will not go well. He does rationalize it by deliver the quote before, somewhat jokingly, reassures everyone it’s all going to work out.

Geek wisdom: Everything in the world and in this universe is finite. That is why we have to appreciate everything we have right now, both the good and the bad.

“But in times of crisis, the wise build bridges, while the foolish build barriers. We must find a way to look after one another as if we were one single tribe.”

From: Black Panther

Genre: Movies

Who said it?: King T’Challa

The story behind the quote: This week’s quote come from the 2018 Marvel superhero film, Black Panther. The movie focuses on the newly crowned King T’Challa of Wakanda. On the outside, the country of Wakanda seems like a impoverished country but, underneath it all, it’s actually a very technologically advanced nation thanks to the enormous amount of vibranium in the land. When Wakanda is threatened by outside forces, King T’Challa dons the Black Panther suit to defeat them.

The quote comes during the after credits scene. Realizing that isolating themselves when other nations are struggling is wrong, King T’Challa (played by the late Chadwick Boseman) delivers a speech to the United Nations, stating how every country and everyone in the planet must treat each other as if they were one tribe. He delivers the quote during the speech.

Geek wisdom: Especially during times of crises, all of us have to work together. It’s the only way we can get through them and fighting among ourselves is not the long lasting answer to our planet’s survival.

“It’s not about you.”

From: Doctor Strange

Genre: Movies

Who said it?: The Ancient One

The story behind the quote: This week’s quote come from the 2016 Marvel superhero film, Doctor Strange. The film focuses on the titular Doctor Stephen Strange who, while looking for a cure for his disabled hands, stumbles upon a monastery that teaches actual magical abilities. He then dedicates his life in learning the mystical arts.

The quote comes near the end of the film. Doctor Strange (played by Benedict Cumberbatch) enters the astral plane where his teacher, the Ancient One (played by Tilda Swinton) is slowly dying. They have a conversation and the Ancient One reminds Strange of his fear of failure. Strange thinks it’s what made him a great doctor but the Ancient One rebuffs him and it’s actually what has kept him from true greatness and why he’s never truly felt happiness. This is when she delivers the quote.

Geek wisdom: We are just a small part of the world and to think the world revolves around us is silly. In order for the world to be better, we have to work together for the greater good, not just for our selfish indulgences.

“I know my value. Anyone else’s opinion doesn’t really matter.”

From: Agent Carter

Genre: Television

Who said it?: Peggy Carter

The story behind the quote: This week’s quote comes from the short-lived ABC series Agent Carter. The show followed Peggy Carter who was introduced in  the first Captain America movie and follows her adventures after World War II.

The quote comes from the final episode of the first season. Peggy Carter (played again by Hayley Atwell) managed to solve the conspiracy to frame Howard Stark. However, as she is a woman, she doesn’t get any credit and, in fact, it leads to Agent Jack Thompson getting all of the honors. Agent Daniel Sousa wants to clear this up but Peggy says there’s really no need as she delivers the quote.

Geek wisdom: You shouldn’t take too much stock on how others think of you. What’s more important is how you think of yourself.

“Well, the 60’s were fun but now I’m paying for it.”

From: Ant-Man and The Wasp

Genre: Movies

Who said it?: Stan Lee

The story behind the quote: This week’s quote comes from the 2018 superhero heist film, Ant-Man and The Wasp. But, more importantly, it comes from Stan Lee, the man behind most of Marvel’s superhero lineup, and is one of his many cameos

The quote comes near the end of the film. During an intense car chase, Wasp (played by Evangeline Lilly) attempt to shoot her pursuers with her shrinking discs. One of the disc accidentally strikes Stan Lee’s car, shrinking it. Stan Lee, without missing a beat, delivers the quote.

Geek wisdom: Every action has a reaction. Even if you’ve done something way in the past, things do have a way of catching up to the present, one way or another.