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14 Times MCU Heroes Solved A Problem In The Most Chaotic Way Imaginable

June 14, 2021 1.7k votes 256 voters 39.4k views14 items

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Contrary to what one might assume, the most chaotic MCU characters aren't generally the villains. What makes the MCU heroes so gosh-darn lovable is that they're all a bunch of goofballs, even the ones with intense military backgrounds that seem a little prickly on the outside. At the end of the day, these characters all make a lot of wild decisions. And, while some of these decisions are completely terrible and end horribly, a lot of these out-of-the-box ideas are what lead to the Avengers' continued success. 

Seriously, what other superhero team would resort to a time caper to reverse their biggest loss to their biggest bad? With characters like Scott Lang and Peter Parker around, there's no telling how bizarre an idea might be or if it's even going to work. 

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  • Photo: Avengers: Endgame / Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures

    The Avengers take drastic measures to avenge the Earth for the wrongdoings of Thanos in Avengers: Endgame. In the film, the Avengers discover Thanos wiped out the Infinity Stones, meaning there is no way to reverse the demises Thanos caused. So, the Avengers plan a time caper where they can go back and collect the stones before they came into the possession of Thanos. 

    As part of the time caper, Iron Man leads a crew who attempt to take the Tesseract from the Avengers, immediately following the events of Avengers (2012). To cause a diversion in which Tony drops his stone, Iron Man from the present causes a cardiac event for Iron Man of the past. It works, sure, but it still seems like more trouble than there needs to be to retrieve a stone. 

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    Thor Ended Asgard So Hela Couldn't Rule It

    Photo: Thor: Ragnarok / Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures

    Thor and Loki are worthy adversaries for practically any being in the MCU. But, as they find out in Thor: Ragnarok, they certainly aren't worthy adversaries for their sister, Hela. 

    Hela is Odin's firstborn, the goddess of death, and she's such a ruthless warmonger that Odin locked her away after they brought the nine realms to their knees. In Thor and Loki's first skirmish with their sister, she brutally defeats them and leaves them stranded on Sakaar. 

    In their rematch, Thor knows better than to leave the fate of his people up to the small chance they can defeat her. So, Thor plays his hidden ace card, and he unleashes Surtur upon his own realm. Surtur brings about the fabled Ragnarok and destroys Asgard and Hela in the process

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  • Photo: Doctor Strange / Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures

    For Stephen Strange's first big bad, the novice sorcerer has to face one of the most powerful villains to ever appear in the MCU. This villain is, of course, Dormammu, the ruler of the Dark Dimension. Dormammu has the power to destroy Earth, and thanks to the help of his zealots on Earth, he is able to start his apocalyptic-level onslaught on the planet. But, before Dormammu can complete his plan, Strange uses the power of the Time Stone to reverse time. Strange then travels to the encroaching Dark Dimension, where he confronts Dormammu face-to-face. 

    In the Dark Dimension, Strange enacts a fairly absurd plan to defeat Dormammu. Strange knows he doesn't stand a chance in a fight against a villain with a power level this high, so Strange's plan is to use his Infinity Stone to trap himself and Dormammu into an endless loop. In the loop, Dormammu repeatedly slays Strange a countless amount of times, just for Strange to immediately return and challenge him. Eventually, the plan works, and Dormammu agrees to leave Earth if Strange frees him from the loop. 

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  • Photo: Thor: Ragnarok / Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures

    After the events of Thor: The Dark World, Thor believes Loki to have perished and his father to be ruling Asgard from his throne as normal. Instead, Loki banishes his father to Earth and rules in his place while disguised as Odin. Thor doesn't find out about this ruse until he returns to Asgard to find Loki, as his father, lounging around and watching theater. 

    Thor realizes his brother is pretending to be his dad, but before he can act on that knowledge, Thor needs to convince the royal guards and other Asgardians that Loki is pretending to be his father. So, Thor grabs Loki by the neck and throws Mjolnir into the distance. Thor tells Loki nothing will stop the hammer from returning to Thor's hand, meaning Loki's head will be smashed as it returns. Before his head can be crushed, though, Loki switches to his true form and stuns the crowd. The hammer throw proves to be an effective, yet incredibly dangerous method of persuasion. 

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