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"This is your chance. To earn that look in your daughter's eyes. To become the hero she already thinks you are."

Nebula: All you do is yell at each other. You're not friends.
Drax: You're right. We're family. We leave no one behind.
— Drax defines the Guardians relationship to Nebula, Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2.

In a universe full of traumatic origin stories, ancient conspiracies by neo-facists and undead assassins, and a madman plotting to wipe out half of life in the universe, there is more than danger and trauma. There are people coming together to do what's right.

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  • Seeing how often the actors take advantage of their celebrity and roles to make others' lives better in the real world, from RDJ (in character as Tony Stark) gifting a boy with an arm prosthetic designed to look like Iron Man's armor to Chris Pratt and Chris Evans raising money for children's hospitals, followed by visiting said hospitals dressed as Star-Lord and Captain America. There's something heartwarming about people who play superheroes actually acting like them in real life.
  • Both Chadwick Boseman and Brie Larson have talked about how important their characters are as the MCU's first black and female leads, respectively. Boseman has said he is proud to give black children a hero to look up to, while Larson has said one of her motivations for taking the role was to provide a role model for little girls. Black Panther Ryan Coogler echoed the sentiment, noting how superhero films have a reputation for usually focusing on White Male Leads.
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  • Mike Colter's fellow Defenders actors all crashing his Facebook interview after Luke Cage was released. Much adorableness ensues as they all share how much they'd seen of the show, plus Colter and Finn Jones immediately hitting it off in the first time they'd actually met, and Charlie Cox sharing that he's just become a father.
  • This tweet from Chris Evans. He is Captain America.
  • Combined with Moment of Awesome, Jim Starlin, the creator of Gamora, Thanos and Drax the Destroyer has not only expressed excitement over Avengers: Infinity War - despite recognizing the fact that it will be a Pragmatic Adaptation / Adaptation Distillation of The Infinity Gauntlet after being informed of its development - but has also asked for a Creator Cameo.
    • What is heartwarming about this is that Starlin has accepted that Infinity War will NOT be a verbatim adaptation of his work, which should come as a relief given how many comics creators tend to be very critical of Hollywood adaptations of their work. In addition, Starlin also wants to be a part of the work that Marvel Studios has put in.
  • Joss Whedon's departure from Marvel was... not a pretty one to say the least. Whedon has been vocal in his frustrations with the MCU's Executive Meddling and ended up working on Justice League (2017) 's post-production phase. In spite of these factors, Whedon and Kevin Feige are still on very good terms. Whedon called him up to ensure no hard feelings and Feige immediately lent his full support.
    Feige: He called. A couple months ago, which he didn't have to do and was super cool of him and super nice of him... And we couldn't be more supportive. We want to see a Joss Whedon Batgirl film be awesome.
  • Jon Favreau's continued involvement as Happy Hogan. Not only has he made Happy a memorable character in his own right, it's great to see him still involved in the franchise he helped start by directing Iron Man. This is especially in light of the fact that he had a slight falling out with Marvel following the micro-management he suffered working on Iron Man 2.
  • Arguably, the fact that the X-Men and Fantastic Four are finally back home after years of being with 20th Century Fox. The latter team probably more so, not only due to how Fox was so adamant about keeping the rights to the FF despite its clear track record of failure with the franchise, but also the fact that if it were not for the Fantastic Four, we wouldn't even have the MCU in the first place. Just think about that: The Fantastic Four laid the foundations for the Marvel Universe, which of course was the inspiration for the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Iron Man, The Avengers, Guardians of the Galaxy, Doctor Strange, Black Panther - none of that would have been possible without the Richards family. It has all come full circle.
  • Marvel Studios' tenth anniversary celebration, which makes clear just how proud and happy all the stars are to have been a part of this massive achievement.
  • Stephen McFeely and Christopher Markus, the two screenwriters responsible for most of the franchise's screenplays, give their advice on how to fix the DC Extended Universe. While it's easy to interpret as somewhat condescending, the two sound like they genuinely want to help the Distinguished Competition to do as well as they are.
    • Similarly, Kevin Fiege was asked to give his two cents on how he would help DC catch up. His response amounts to telling them to look at their own history and draw inspiration from there as Marvel themselves had; specifically the seminal Superman: The Movie starring Christopher Reeve.
  • While she smiled for photos with fans following her TV appearance on Watch What Happens Live with Andy Cohen NYC, Liv Tyler, who played Betty Ross in 2008's The Incredible Hulk, posed in a photoshot with a fan holding a poster of Avengers: Infinity War, showing that she still remembers her time with Marvel fondly.
  • In July 2018, some of James Gunn's old tweets were dug up revealing he had made some tasteless and graphic jokes concerning pedophilia around ten years prior. This led to the Walt Disney Company firing him, even though he apologized repeatedly ever since he joined the MCU. In response, the main cast of the Guardians of the Galaxy films signed a letter supporting Gunn explaining he has grown as a person since then, with hundreds of thousands of fans signing a petition to rehire him.
    • Despite Disney standing firm on their decision, they still intend to use James' script, something that James states he poured his heart and soul into, for the movie. Even if Disney won't allow the director to return because of his past misdeeds, it's really heartwarming to see that they will see to it that the story he intended to end will be ended the way he wanted it to.
    • While everyone at Marvel Studios were bummed out that James Gunn won't be working on future Guardians movies, they still wish the best for him and offer their full support. Even when news came that Gunn will be directing a Suicide Squad sequel for the DCEU, his fellow directors still cheer him on as a sign of respect.
    • And now, James Gunn has been rehired, after all. The love and support for him, and his vision, has paid off. He even left a message thanking the fans for their support, stating he wouldn't have gotten his job back without it.
  • For all the talk about the Marvel vs DC rivalry, the MCU directors show nothing short of respect and support towards the DCEU filmmakers. James Gunn congratulated Patty Jenkins after the success of Wonder Woman while also offering his condolences to Zack Snyder when his daughter died. Likewise, Scott Derickson has defended Snyder's movies in spite of their polarizing reception, going so far as to call Watchmen his favorite superhero movie and positively compare it to Blade Runner.
  • After his passing, any and every cameo featuring Stan The Man is instantly heartwarming, and can reliably counted on to make entire theaters burst into applause.
    • Similarly, while he may not have been able to see the conclusion of the Infinity Saga, Stan was able to see that all of his decades of work had helped to create something that overjoys and unites millions of people.


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