Awesome: Fear Itself

Fear Itself asked the Marvel Universe, "What are you in the Darkest Hour?" It turns out the answer was, "Utter badasses, why do you ask?"

  • Tony Stark gets several:
    • Yelling at Odin, then bluntly telling him that he doesn't want help, he wants Odin's workshop.
    • Jumping without hesitation into a vat of molten metal to gain Odin's blessing for the resulting weapons, something Odin, who was working on a Puny Earthlings mindframe, and being the God of warriors, says two words to him: "Brave man".
  • Giant-Size Man-Thing. It's even called that in the comics.
  • Just before events start to right themselves, Iron Man's locked in a workshop, Thor's off preparing to fight a dragon, Spider-Man's trying to bring hope to New York, and the rest of the Avengers are off tracking down the Worthy. Captain America, meanwhile, is preparing to lead a ragtag gang of Oklahoma farmers with rifles against an army of mecha Nazis backed up by a God of Evil.
    "Alright, you son of a bitch. Let's see what makes you afraid."
  • The X-Men vs. the Juggernaut. Perhaps the best example of Try Everything ever put in comics.
    • Also a Crowning Moment of Funny in several panels.
      Haemopyrokinetic Adam X deployed to attempt to incapacitate Juggernaut by igniting blood.
      Result: blood ignition a success, but worse than ineffective. For fifteen minutes unstoppable Juggernaut is rendered an unstoppable Juggernaut that ignites anything it touches.
  • A small one, but for those who were always wanting to see Squirrel Girl actually beat a villain onscreen, we see her get pissed off and tear through one of the killer mecha like it was made of paper.
  • Spider-Man faces of against Angrir, the hammer powered Thing, and gives it all he's got. And get nearly killed for his efforts and flatlines. After being defibrillated, he does it again! And he manages to drive him away!! Badass!!!
    • Also, during the time Spidey flatlined, a nurse bravely distracts Angrir while the doctors work to save Spider-Man. Apparently Spider-Man's badassery is infectious
  • Thor's epic beatdown of the hammer-powered Thing and Hulk. Especially after he takes down the Thing, effortlessly, and turns to the still-standing Hulk:
    Thor: And him, I liked. But, you? You were always a pain in the ass
    • At the end of that mutual beatdown, a bloody Thor ends the fight by hitting Hulk with super lightning charged Mjolnir strike, hitting him so hard that he flies into orbit and falls at the other side of the planet before collapsing from his injuries. The hit itself was an awesome one to see. The artistic team really killed it.
      • The Thing who had been mortally wounded by Thor in previous battle regains control in his dying moments, and is approached by Franklin and Valeria. He apologizes to the kids, saying that he dies too much, on which Franklin replies "Remember Uncle Ben, when I said my powers were gone forever? I lied" and saves him with his powers, also reversing the demonic possession
  • The hammer powered-Grey Gargoyle's beatdown of Iron Man
    • And despite being outmatched, the Golden Avenger never gives up until he is beaten into and bloody pulp and conscious
  • After being struck across the planet, Hulk immediately gets ups and starts wrecking shop on the vampires
    • In the end, when faced with a vampire shapeshifted into his wife, Hulk breaks out of Serpent's mind-control, who is on a similar level to Odin, crushing the Asgardian hammer in the process.
  • When the Avengers carry Thor's broken body to Asgard, Captain America Steve Rogers variety tells Odin to get to work and use his powers to heal Thor. In the process he calls Odin out on his dickish behavior and tells him to act like a real father. Odin's so shocked at being ordered around he needs a moment to process it.
    • During that scene, Cap is casually wearing Mjolnir on his belt, which is awesome enough, but we also see Odin notice this, and visibly decide not to call him on it. Steve Rogers is just that badass, y'all.
      • And Steve beating down Sin with Mjonir's powers was also awesome to behold
  • The Avengers taking down the rest of Serpent's forces with the Asgardian weapons was awesome as well
  • At the end of Fear Itself, Steve shield which had been destroyed by the Serpent is mended with Uru. It has a crack on it, which Tony Stark offers to remove, but Steve replies that there is no need and it gives the old girl a bit of character