Every Time The Avengers Have Killed Someone In The MCU

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Vote up the deadliest Avengers moments.

Quick question: Who is the most dangerous Avenger? This isn't about the most powerful Avenger, where heroes like Thor and Captain Marvel would duke it out for supremacy. Which hero isn't afraid to get their hands dirty? In light of this question, let's run through the MCU moments where our favorite superheroes weren't afraid to take a life in the heat of battle.

A little preamble: some of the super obvious ones may be left out, like the hordes of Chitauri the team wiped out at the end of The Avengers. And the various AI robots they slaughtered during the final battle in Age of Ultron. …And the climactic battle in Wakanda at the end of Infinity War. No, these are specific instances where an Avenger straight-up murdered someone (or multiple someones) in a fight. 

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    622 VOTES

    Scarlet Witch Wasted The Illuminati Of Earth-838

    Scarlet Witch Wasted The Illuminati Of Earth-838
    Photo: Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness / Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures

    After some soul searching in the aftermath of WandaVision, Wanda Maximoff comes back in a major way to try and tear through at least a few universes in Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness. It turns out that her grief is not something Wanda can easily get over when she instead leans into her Scarlet Witch powers with the corrupting influence of the Darkhold super-charging the scope of her chaos magic. Wanda's hexed demon takes out one universe's Doctor Strange in pursuit of America Chavez, and she gets her hands plenty dirty when she bombards Kamar-Taj over protecting the young multi-dimensional traveler.

    The Scarlet Witch saves her most devastating force for the Illuminati of Earth-838, though. This universe's strongest heroes think they've got things under control, but they prove no match for Wanda Maximoff at the peak of her powers. After sealing Block Bolt's mouth to gruesomely turn his sonic might back against him, she shreds Reed Richards into human string cheese before slicing Captain Carter in half with her own shield. The Maria Rambeau Captain Marvel at least manages to stop Wanda in her tracks before the sorceress drops a statue on top of the hero. Last but not least, Professor Xavier tries to release Wanda's more heroic side from inside of her mind, but the Scarlet Witch overwhelms the mutant and snaps his neck.

    622 votes
  • Scarlet Witch Threw Proxima Midnight Into A Flying Meat Grinder
    Photo: Avengers: Infinity War / Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures

    Wanda Maximoff is one of the most powerful characters in all of the Marvel Cinematic Universe. WandaVision and Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness solidify this obvious fact. Her expansive and impressive power set means she can handle herself in pretty much any fight. As such, it behooves the creative teams behind the MCU to find a way to take her off the battlefield from time to time. Otherwise, she'd just wreck shop. Case in point: the battle of Wakanda in Infinity War.

    During the climactic fight, Proxima Midnight has Okoye and Black Widow on the ropes. Wanda is supposed to be protecting Vision and the Mind Stone but hops down to the battlefield to kick some butt. She ultimately saves Natasha Romanoff's life by throwing Proxima Midnight into one of Thanos's massive war machines known as Threshers. She is immediately torn to pieces, leaving blue blood on Black Widow as her final act on this earth.

    700 votes
  • Hawkeye Sliced Through The Yakuza And Other Criminal Organizations As Ronin
    Photo: Avengers: Endgame / Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures

    How many people did Clint Barton kill during his time as the violent vigilante, Ronin? If our glimpse of Hawkeye clad in black during Avengers: Endgame is any indication, it is not a small number. After losing his family during the snap at the end of Avengers: Infinity War, Barton gave up on life as an Avenger and became what was, essentially, a serial killer of criminals. The Punisher would've been proud of Barton's antics during this time.

    The marksman traded in his bow and arrow for a sword and just went to town on criminal organizations all over the world. Watching Ronin stab a man to death in cold blood during Endgame poses a stark contrast with the Barton viewers had seen in the MCU up to that point.

    607 votes
  • Black Widow Shot One Of Crossbones's Goons In The Face
    Photo: Captain America: Civil War / Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures

    Natasha has shot a ton of people in the MCU. This is inarguable. Granted, we don't really know if these bullet wounds were fatal most of the time. The one seemingly surefire case (except for a flashback sequence in the Red Room) where Black Widow shoots to kill is in Captain America: Civil War. To be fair, Romanoff is trying to get her hands on a lethal chemical weapon that could do untold amounts of harm in the wrong hands.

    When one of the villains under Crossbones's employ threatens to drop the compound, releasing it upon the innocent people surrounding them, Nat goes for the save: She shoots the dude in the face from point-blank range and leaps to the floor to grab the chemical weapon vial before it hits the ground. Unlike other instances where she shoots someone in a non-vital body part or probably kills someone through collateral damage-like means, Romanoff clearly meant to shoot this guy right in the head.

    497 votes
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    409 VOTES

    Tony Stark Blasted Savin Through The Heart

    How do you stop someone with seemingly unending regenerative powers? Stopping someone imbued with Extremis may not be on the same level as fighting Wolverine or the Hulk, but it's certainly no walk in the park, either. When Tony Stark is fighting Eric Savin on Air Force One in Iron Man 3, he isn't left with much of a choice. Stark has never had too many problems with taking a life, but he goes the extra mile with Savin.

    Using the unibeam in his Iron Man armor's chest plate, Stark vaporizes a hole in Savin's body where his heart used to be. He then leaves the villain's body aboard the plane just before it explodes in midair. He probably wasn't able to regenerate from all of that nonsense…

    409 votes
  • Tony Stark Stomped, Crushed, And Burned His Way To Freedom
    Photo: Iron Man / Paramount Pictures

    To be honest, the Iron Man trilogy sees Tony Stark take more than a few lives. Coming from a background in military weapons technology, Stark has never seemed like the kind of superhero who values the lives of his enemies as highly as those he's trying to save. Did he take out a few guys while storming through the Mandarin's compound in Iron Man 3? Probably. Did he want to do away with Bucky Barnes at the end of Captain America: Civil War? Absolutely. Did he plow through numerous terrorists with his upgraded armor halfway through the first Iron Man? Uh, yeah.

    But the most brutal, violent outburst of Stark's superhero career was his first. He literally burns people alive with a flamethrower. That's the kind of thing you'd see in an R-rated action film from the 1980s, not a 2000s superhero flick.

    443 votes