While I’ve never saved a city (or most of a city, even), I can totally relate to the idea of snagging a post-credits shawarma after fending off an intergalactic invasion. Observe:
There’s something satisfying about the way the Avengers solemnly dine on their Middle-Eastern comfort food as they reflect upon their major victory. The scene illustrates an important truth about eating (a truth that even superheroes recognize): Food tastes better after accomplishing something mighty. Since The Avengers: Age of Ultron is now upon us, I thought we could celebrate by taking a look at some of the best food-related scenes from superhero movie history.
Dinner With Vicki Vale; Batman (1989): Traditionally, wealthy bachelors who can split a tree in half with a roundhouse kick don’t have too much trouble with the ladies–which is why this scene is so great. It’s one of the few moments that we get to see Bruce Wayne have the same awkward first date that we’ve all experienced. This was also a good opportunity for Tim Burton to own his rendition of Mr. Wayne. In this scene, we can see how Wayne isn’t really comfortable with the opulent surroundings of his dining room because he’s more concerned with punching drug dealers in the face.
Never Pay Full Price For Late Pizza; Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (1990): Since pizza is an integral part of the TMNT mythos, it makes sense that one of the more existential conversations of the film takes place while Michelangelo and Donatello are waiting for their pizza to arrive. We get a good glimpse of both characters’ personalities here–Donatello is looking to have a serious conversation with Mikey, who in turn can’t stop thinking about the money he’ll save since the pizza guy is late. I’m actually with Michelangelo on this one. Don’t talk to me about the uncertainty of the future when there’s pizza on the way. Also, why don’t pizza places offer this deal anymore? Figure that one out, Nietzsche.
Eggs in a Basket; V For Vendetta (2005): Pretty much all we know about V at this point is that he likes to put knives into people and blow up political administration buildings. So, it’s a nice contrast to see him grilling up a delicious-looking breakfast for Evey after a night of vigilantism. Seeing the burns on V’s hands during this scene is also the first glimpse we get at his violent backstory. It’s nice to see a well-rounded superhero; one that cooks as well as he trashes the minions of an oppressive government.
That Quicksilver Scene, X-Men: Days of Future Past (2014): The only thing I want to write here is that the X-Men Quicksilver is way cooler than the Avengers Quicksilver. No offense.
Randy’s Donuts, Iron Man 2 (2010): After achieving superhero status, everything is a spectacle. No longer do you eat your donuts over the dirty dishes in your sink like the rest of us (or maybe that’s just me). You now eat your donuts while sitting inside a donut. The scene is a cool nod to Randy’s Donuts, which is an iconic piece of L.A.’s culinary landscape, but it also provides a serious turning point for the film. Up until this point Tony Stark has been mopey and self-destructive, but it’s here at Randy’s that Nick Fury and Black Widow give him the kick in the ass that he needs to discover a new element and all that crap.
Another!; Thor (2011): It doesn’t matter who you are, you’ve always wanted to do this after drinking your morning cup of coffee.
Vegan Police; Scott Pilgrim vs. The World (2010): It turns out that all one really needs in order to defeat a powerful vegan bassist is some well placed half and half. It’s a tough call, but I think Todd Ingram was my favorite evil ex. Also, great cameoes by Tom Jane and Clifton Collins, Jr.
She’s About to Eat a Cat!, Hellboy 2: The Golden Army (2008): One thing I’ve always respected about Hellboy is that he has a soft spot for kitties. Here he doesn’t hesitate to blow his team’s cover so he can stop a pudgy demon in a baglady disguise from eating a cat.
Gut Bomb, The Dark Knight (2008): Okay, this doesn’t technically have to do with food because the Joker obviously stuck a bomb in this dude’s gut and sewed him back up again. But I can’t help but feel a little sympathy for this poor bastard. I don’t know how many times I’ve eaten way too many street tacos and then ended up on the floor, counting down the minutes until the inevitable explosion.