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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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.Chaotic move?
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Thor Ended Asgard So Hela Couldn't Rule ItPhoto: 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.Chaotic move?
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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.Chaotic move?
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The Guardians of the Galaxy are a collection of absurd misfits. In stark contrast, Ronan the Accuser is a fanatical Kree warlord. Ronan is so powerful and menacing that, in the film, he's able to wipe out the entirety of the Nova Corps. To state it briefly, the Guardians are simply not on the level of Ronan.
So, how do the Guardians of the Galaxy defeat Ronan? Well, one of those misfits, Peter Quill, kicks his quirkiness level up to 11 and challenges Ronan the Accuser to a dance-off. After Ronan is suitably confused by this, Peter reveals his real plan is to distract Ronan long enough for Rocket to destroy Ronan's powerful Cosmi-Rod. Peter then gets even more chaotic by grabbing the Infinity Stone with his bare hands, almost offing himself in the process.Chaotic move?