6 best Marvel moments of 2023 (and 3 we wish we could forget)

Marvel Studios' lineup in 2023 was like a superhero-themed rollercoaster – full of thrilling highs, unexpected twists, and a couple of moments that had us gripping our seats a bit tighter than we'd like.
(L-R): Michelle Pfieffer as Janet van Dyne and Michael Douglas as Hank Pym in Marvel Studios'
(L-R): Michelle Pfieffer as Janet van Dyne and Michael Douglas as Hank Pym in Marvel Studios' /
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5. The return of Beast

In a mid-credit scene for The Marvels, Marvel Studios threw a delightful curveball with a cameo that hit the sweet spot for fans: Kelsey Grammer's return as Beast, reprising his role from Fox's X-Men film series. This moment felt like a perfectly pitched piece of fan service, navigating the often tricky terrain of post-credits scenes and surprise appearances, as it was a welcome return that teased the potential of a moment fans have been waiting to see happen for a very long time.

Grammer, remembered fondly for his portrayal of Beast in 2006's X-Men: The Last Stand, slipped back into the blue fur for a memorable scene in the MCU's 2023 finale. His surprise yet very welcome appearance provided both a sense of nostalgia and excitement. Grammer's promise to potentially return in the future only added to the buzz, stoking the fires of anticipation among the fans.

What made Grammer's cameo as the scholarly X-Men even more impactful was its complete unexpectedness. Marvel fans, X-Men fans specifically, have been eagerly waiting for a more substantial X-Men presence in the MCU, especially after Disney's acquisition of Fox. Grammer's appearance served as a small, little teaser of what's possibly coming our way in the ever-expanding and ever-surprising MCU.

Verdict: Best moment