The Best Marvel Super Hero Quotes on Freedom

Freedom can be an elusive ideal. It means something different to every person and, often, its meaning is the source of great conflict. Sometimes we seek the freedom to do something, other times freedom from something, and lastly, the freedom to be something.

Super heroes fight for those who can’t defend themselves. And on the Fourth of July especially, we look to their examples for how we can continue working toward freedom in every sense of the word. Of course you’ll find some words from Captain America here, but there are also other characters who speak to the various meanings of freedom.

The following quotes from Marvel super heroes are reminders of just how important freedom is for all of us.

“Vengeance has consumed you. It’s consuming them. I’m done letting it consume me.” – T’Challa, Captain America: Civil War

In this moment, it would have been easy for T’Challa to finish off Zemo once and for all. The man assassinated his father, after all. Instead, T’Challa exemplifies the honor and integrity of the Black Panther and chooses freedom from the heavy weight of vengeance. He realizes that Zemo and everyone involved in the Super Hero Civil War have become prisoners to their own cause and does not wish that for himself.

“The price of freedom is high, it always has been. And it’s a price I’m willing to pay. And if I’m the only one, then so be it. But I’m willing to bet I’m not.” – Captain America, Captain America: The Winter Soldier

Steve Rogers is an emblem of hope in the darkness. He champions the innocent and is probably the only hero around who would, in the heat of battle, earnestly reply to Groot with, “I am Steve Rogers.” However, Steve also does not compromise on his ideals. Even if it means standing alone, Steve will continue standing up for what he believes is right. Freedom isn’t always easy, even for Captain America.

“I’ve been fighting with one arm behind my back. What happens when I’m finally set free?” – Captain Marvel, Captain Marvel

Carol Danvers’ journey in Captain Marvel is one of self discovery. For as long as she can remember, people have told her to hold back, to rein it in, to stop being so much. Once she lets go of these constraints, Carol is finally free to embrace her full power and her true potential as Captain Marvel.

“I’m loyal to nothing except the dream.” – Captain America, Daredevil: Born Again 

When people think of Captain America, it’s often a flag-waving version of Captain America that first comes to mind. But there’s also an edge to this hero, as Ta-Nehisi Coates described in his article for The Atlantic. There have been many versions of Captain America as well. In Frank Miller’s Daredevil: Born Again, readers witnessed Steve Rogers embracing that side of himself. Steve acknowledges the fine line between patriotism and nationalism, asserting that he upholds the universal freedom of the American Dream rather than one government’s current initiatives.

“You want society to accept you, but you can’t even accept yourself.” – Magneto, X-Men: First Class

Magneto is often on the extreme side of mutant-human relations but here, as he’s talking to Mystique, he makes a compelling point. Society places invisible restrictions on all of us that can arise in very damaging ways. Magneto is advocating that we seek to free ourselves from those restrictions and find a way to accept ourselves, flaws and all. Mutant and proud.

“Sometimes, if you cage the beast, the beast gets angry.” – Wolverine, X-Men: The Last Stand

Now, there are some strong opinions out there about X-Men: The Last Stand but film critiques aside, this quote from Wolverine is really saying something. When people are put in any sort of box (or cage), their inherent freedom is taken away. And, in those cases, anger is justified. Which leads us to …

“Bury me in the ocean, with my ancestors that jumped from the ships, because they knew death was better than bondage.” – Killmonger, Black Panther

Killmonger’s ending is tragic, but his words are nothing short of monumental. To him, being imprisoned for his righteous actions is a fate worse than death. Even with no other options left, Killmonger held tightly to his beliefs and his commitment to freedom. There can be freedom in saying no.

“I can’t control their fear, only my own.” – Wanda Maximoff, Captain America: Civil War

Scarlet Witch‘s story is another one full of tragedy and misunderstanding. When she accidentally causes the destruction of a building in Lagos, Wanda undergoes a self-imposed exile. With the help of Hawkeye, she eventually sees that fear is a dangerous prison, but she herself holds the key to freedom.

“Just because something works, doesn’t mean it can’t be improved.” – Shuri, Black Panther

Shuri’s magnetic positivity is a bright note to end on because she summarizes the particular beauty of freedom — it is a living, breathing dream that takes work and dedication. For all of us to be truly free, we must work in community and strive for something better because, like any genius-level inventor, Shuri knows that freedom is about the journey as well as the destination.

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