The MCU’s censored and omitted profanity is listed below. In general, the series doesn’t mind using the odd curse word, and some MCU characters undoubtedly have dirtier mouths than others—Tony Stark being the chief offender. If Deadpool makes a formal entrance into the MCU in Deadpool 3, Tony’s record will be completely destroyed.
However, Marvel’s writers avoid using particularly offensive language. The comics have been doing this for years by substituting grawlix for the actual swear words, and the MCU typically handles profanity in a same inventive way. Because they must maintain a PG-13 classification, most MCU films frequently use the words “a**,” “d*mn,” and “b**ch,” but less frequently use the words “b**ch,” “sh**,” and never use the word “f,” which is always followed by a cutscene.
However, nothing conveys the gravity of a situation quite like an emphatic profanity, and what are Marvel movies if not a series of grave circumstances? Marvel has had to come up with inventive ways to indicate that swear words were being used without really having them “spoken” or, at the very least, heard by the audience in order to preserve PG-13 ratings without taking away from the MCU’s regular life-or-death stakes. In light of that, here is every instance in which Marvel has so far avoided or abbreviated a curse word.
In The Incredible Hulk, Bruce Banner utters the phrase “Oh Shi-” (2008)
When the Abomination is tearing through the streets of New York City at the end of The Incredible Hulk, Bruce Banner decides he will try to “point” the Hulk towards the monster and kill it. The issue is that, given that Banner has recently undergone an experimental procedure to eradicate all gamma cells from his circulation, the Incredible Hulk might be permanently lost. He closes his eyes and waits for the adrenaline rush to make him hulk out as he jumps out of a helicopter. However, nothing occurs, and frightened Banner is only able to half-exclaim, “Oh, shi-!” before he falls out of view of the camera and the audience.
What the F-? Peter Quill Says in Guardians of the Galaxy (2014)
The five characters in Guardians of the Galaxy are a motley crew of mercenaries and thieves before they formally unite as a team. The five set out for Knowhere in their first cooperative endeavor in order to trade the Power Stone with Taneleer Tivan, the Collector. When Carina, the Collector’s enslaved helper, grabs the stone, an explosion that destroys the entire structure results. Behind a table, Quill and Gamora hide. A stunned Quill starts to exclaim, “What the f-!” as they emerge to survey the damage, but is interrupted by a shattering lightbulb in the backdrop.
Groot in Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 Doesn’t Use the Phrase “Frickin'” (2017)
The crew faces off against Peter Quill’s all-powerful father, Ego, in Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2. The Guardians fight Ego in his brain/planetary core during the show’s climax. Rocket informs Yondu they must leave now that he has set up an explosive that would destroy everything, but Yondu bravely decides to remain and aid Quill in defeating his biological father. Groot informs Yondu, “I am Groot,” as he becomes aware of the significance of his choice. He responds, “Welcome to the freakin’ Guardians of the Galaxy,” as Yondu asks Rocket to translate. Only he omitted the word “frickin’.” Given that it was suggestively translated by one of the other characters in the movie, this censor is extremely original.
What the Fu- Aunt May Says in Spider-Man: Homecoming (2017)
Hope Pym in Ant-Man and the Wasp Says “Oh Shi-” (2018)
In Ant-Man and the Wasp, master burglar Scott Lang and his superhero sidekick Hope Pym make a comeback to attempt to save Hope’s mother from Ant-Quantum Man’s Realm. Scott and Hope sneak into Ghost’s home to recover their lab after the villain of the movie takes it. When they arrive, Ghost is lying back in her stabilization chamber and appears to be dozing off. Hope turns after announcing to Scott that they must act immediately and discovers that Ghost’s chamber has abruptly become empty. Hope briefly exclaims, “Oh shi-!” as they prepare to be attacked, but Ghost interrupts her by hitting her in the back.
In Avengers: Infinity War, Nick Fury and Rocket Raccoon both say “Up My—.” (2018)
Thor confides in Rocket during Avengers: Infinity War about losing his family, his homeworld, his eye, and his hammer. Rocket proposes to give Thor a bionic eye he stole from a man in Contraxia out of compassion for the God of Thunder. Rocket says, “Oof, I would’ve washed it,” as Thor thanks him and implants the eye. I could only sneak it off Contraxia by going up my—.” Before he can finish the thought, an alert sound from the ship’s control panel diverts his attention.
Thanos successfully acquires all six Infinity Stones in the startling conclusion of Avengers: Infinity War, then snaps his fingers to obliterate half the universe’s life. A large number of the Avengers and Guardians vanish into thin air in the movie’s closing seconds. In the post-credits scene, Nick Fury and Agent Maria Hill are shown catching up on events taking place halfway around the world while the individuals in their immediate vicinity start to dust. Hill disappears, and Fury dashes back to their vehicle to get his Captain Marvel radio. Fury watches his hand beginning to shrink just as he presses the button, and he cries out, “Motherf-,” in the manner of Samuel L. Jackson.
In Spider-Man: Far From Home, a student says, “Sh*t Is Crazy,” and Peter Parker responds, “What the Fu-?” (2019)
During the first five minutes of Spider-Man: Far From Home, a morning news report from Midtown Tech, where Peter Parker attended high school, is included. This year has been nothing short of-, student news journalist Betty Brant sighs after a student-produced memorial to the deceased Avengers from Avengers: Endgame, before her co-anchor Jason adds, “sh*t is wild.” Because it’s a school program, he is bleeped out, and Betty makes sure to correct him as well.
In spite of the fact that Peter discovers that his secret identity being revealed to Aunt May is not the end of the world, things do become more messier in this sequel. Peter triumphantly returns to New York City after defeating Mysterio, a vengeful ex-employee of Stark Industries who wreaks havoc while acting as a superhero. Peter is horrified to find a video billboard from The Daily Bugle airing a phony report that places all the responsibility on him instead of Mysterio in a mid-credits sequence where he and MJ go on a web-slinging adventure. As if that weren’t awful enough, J. Jonah Jameson goes on to reveal that Peter Parker is actually Spider-Man and even includes a photo from his high school graduation. Spidey sighs, “What the fu-,” as the titles begin to roll in a nod to the last scene of the original movie.
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