10 Best Fourth Wall Breaks In The MCU

From superhero blockbusters to silent cinema, movies and shows feature characters who can break the fourth wall and speak directly to audiences. The latest addition to this category is She-Hulk: Lawyer Title character, Jennifer Walters aka She-Hulk.


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Breaking the fourth wall is nothing new for MCU characters. Whether it’s Deadpool or Baby Groot, many of these characters have the power to speak to their audience. Speaking directly into the camera allows them to better see the intricacies of their character or alter ego.

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The Guardian in “What if…?”

What happened if…? is an animated show that talks about alternate timelines of multiple superheroes. During this journey through the alternate multiverse, The Watcher (Jeffrey Wright). It is he who explains to the audience how this particular event differs from the real MCU timeline.

Each episode begins with The Watcher speaking to his audience. The first thing he did in each episode was introduce himself by saying, “Your guide through these vast new realities.” The Guardian is a mere observer, just introducing the timeline and then not interfering with any events, that happen.

Deadpool In “Deadpool” and “Deadpool 2”

2016 Dead Pool is the film that begins with the lead wiping chewing gum off the camera. So when it comes to breaking the fourth floor, Deadpool (Ryan Reynolds) has spoken to audiences more than anyone else. Wade Wilson’s character did the same dead pool 2 likewise and the same will continue in dead pool 3.

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Not only does Deadpool speak to his audience, but he also satirizes the other franchises. He sometimes taunts his fellow X-Men and their films, as well as the role of Reynolds Green Lantern. He even addresses the Martha Effect Batman vs Superman: Dawn of Justice.

Baby Groot In ‘Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2’

Baby Groot never said anything but “I am Groot”. While this isn’t directly in-camera, the character did something even cooler to break the fourth wall Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2.

Groot bumps into the camera lens as he falls off Orloni’s back. Before that happens, he faces the camera directly on the creature’s back while his entire team fights the monster crew in the background.

See in ‘WandaVision’

Episode 7 of WandaVision is titled “Breaking the Fourth Wall,” which makes it clear what exactly is about to happen. The episode is styled like popular sitcoms from the 2000s such as The office and modern family. This episode has several interview sequences like modern family where vision (Paul Betty) breaks the fourth wall.

There are times when the lead actor expresses his feelings simply by looking at the camera. And there’s one instance where he abruptly gets up and leaves, realizing he has to leave to help Wanda.

Wanda Maximoff in ‘WandaVision’ (again)

The “Breaking the Fourth Wall” episode of WandaVision not only has interviews with Vision, but also with Wanda (Elizabeth Olsen) to. It begins with excerpts from a documentary, in which Wanda speaks directly to the audience.

Wanda wakes up to find that Vision is no longer on his side of the bed, and then viewers see her in her bathrobe addressing an interviewer about how we let our fear and anger take the best of us. Also, she is blunt about things failing around her and her inability to deal with them.

Wanda Maximoff in Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of MadnessWanda Maximoff aka Scarlet Witch breaks the fourth wall in Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness

Wanda has broken the fourth wall more than once, and she’s doing it again Doctor Strange and the Multiverse of Madness. Sam Raimi‘s direction ensures there’s no normal ending to this scene – it’s bound to give goosebumps and terrify MCU fanatics.

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After being corrupted by the Darkhold and unleashing herself as the Scarlet Witch, Wanda becomes the film’s main antagonist. So when the witch dreams to meet her children, there’s a scene where she stares straight into the camera for a few seconds, which not only breaks the fourth wall, but makes it the scariest break yet.

Pizza Poppa in Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness

If it’s a Raimi film, then Bruce Campbell should be there no matter the role. It’s the same with Multiverse of Madness. The actor actually makes an appearance in the post-credits scene where he breaks the fourth wall.

doctor strange (Benedict Cumberbatch) and America Chavez (Xochitl Gomez) Meeting with Campbell’s Pizza Poppa when they land on Earth-838. In the credits he is seen celebrating and addressing the camera for finally breaking free of Strange’s spell after beating himself for three weeks.

Jennifer Walters in “She-Hulk: Lawyer”

Engaging audiences from the first episode and then doing it whenever she gets a chance She Hulks Jennifer Walters (Tatyana Maslany) is the latest addition to the MCU roster for breaking the fourth wall.

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Jen breaks the fourth wall similarly Phoebe Waller Bridge in fleasack. She takes over the camera to tell her audience directly what she’s feeling and going through inside – which she can’t tell anyone – and thus creates a connection with the audience.

Captain America in Spider-Man Homecoming

Spider-Man HomecomingThe post-credits scene of is unlike any other MCU post-credits scene where they usually give a glimpse into the future. This time Captain America (Chris Evans) breaks the fourth wall and taunts MCU fanatics.

There are several PSA commercials in the Captain America film for Peter Parker (Tom Holland) and his classmates. So one of those commercials plays in the post-credits scenes as he talks directly to the audience about how they patiently await the signature post-credits scenes.

Loki and Sylvie in “Loki”

Lokis Sylvie (Sophia di Martino) facing the camera directly is one of the most subtle fourth wall breaks in the MCU. It’s not just Sylvie. There are cases where Loki (Tom Hiddleston) and He who remains (Jonathan Majors) look straight into the camera for a moment.

In episode 3, Sylvie discusses future strategy with Loki after being thrown off the train on Lamentis-1 – here she looks briefly at the camera. Similarly, there’s a scene where Loki looks straight through the lens while talking to Mobius (Owen Wilson). And He Who Remains also faces the camera when he’s in an elevator with the two Loki variants.

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