12 Times MCU Characters Were Begged Not To Do Something And Did It Anyway

Sometimes you just can't be talked out of something, no matter the consequences. Numerous bad decisions made in the MCU revolve around a character trying to get another one to stop what they're doing. Not that superheroes (or supervillains, for that matter) are very inclined to listen to such pleas. MCU characters are gonna do what they gotta do when they have to do it.

Sylvie was never going to back down from slaying "He Who Remains," no matter how much Loki tried to stop her from doing so. Peter Quill was always going to slap the crap out of Thanos's face for offing Gamora even as Iron Man and Drax were yelling at him. Hawkeye not only begged Black Widow not to sacrifice herself for the Soul Stone, but he physically tried to stop her in the process. Here are some of the most prominent moments in the MCU where a character was begged not to do something but simply went ahead to do it anyway.

  • Loki Begged Sylvie Not To Kill 'He Who Remains'
    Photo: Loki / Disney+

    During the final episode of Loki's eponymous Disney+ show, the Asgardian trickster does his utmost to convince Sylvie "He Who Remains" is telling the truth about the TVA. Alas, no matter what the god of mischief does, Sylvie won't listen. Her entire life's goal has been to take down the TVA, and she can do that quite nicely by slaying the man formerly known as Nathaniel Richards. 

    Loki uses his magic to pull her away from He Who Remains. Loki uses his sword to try and stop her. Loki uses his words, arguably his greatest weapon, and it is all to no avail. He won't slay her, and she won't listen... so the duo finds themselves at a fundamental impasse. Sylvie ends up using a TemPad to send Loki away for good, leaving He Who Remains alone to be stabbed. Unfortunately, it turns out He Who Remains wasn't lying about keeping the Sacred Timeline intact, and his demise resulted in the seemingly infinite expansion of the Multiverse.

  • Steve Rogers Begged Tony Stark Not To Go After Bucky Barnes When He Saw The Tape
    Photo: Captain America: Civil War / Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures

    It's pretty difficult to get a person to stop their attempt on someone's life when they are actively in the process of taking it. Throw in some serious familial trauma and it's a recipe for pure disaster. Take the climax of Captain America: Civil War, for example. When Tony Stark finds out Bucky Barnes offed his parents, he sees nothing but red. It doesn't matter Barnes's brain wasn't his own... the man slayed Stark's parents, and Iron Man wanted to put him down for good.

    "It wasn't him," Captain America repeatedly shouts during his fight with Iron Man. Stark, with fire in his eyes, doesn't care at all. Iron Man is going to put down the Winter Soldier if it's the last thing he ever does, and Cap has to put himself between the two. Steve Rogers and Barnes end up beating Iron Man in a fight, but the damage is done. The Avengers are no more.

  • Everyone Begged Peter Quill Not To Punch Thanos
    Photo: Avengers: Infinity War / Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures

    Peter, Peter, Peter... you couldn't have held that understandable rage inside for just a little bit longer? Look, we all know Thanos offed Gamora to get his hands on the Soul Stone and the pain of such a loss is heavy and raw. But the fate of half the universe is on the line, man. If disparate personalities like Drax, Stephen Strange, Nebula, and Tony Stark are all in on a plan to take down Thanos, you know it's serious business. 

    The plan works, and the ragtag Avengers/Guardians team has Thanos on the ropes. Spider-Man and Iron Man are about to take the Infinity Gauntlet from the Mad Titan's clutches. But Peter Quill finds out Thanos sacrificed Gamora for the Soul Stone, and all bets are off. Stark yells at Quill. Drax yells at Quill. The audience members in theaters across the globe internally yell at Quill. No dice. He begins smashing Thanos's face in, Mantis loses control of Thanos's mind, and the Mad Titan is back in the game. Sigh.

  • Clint Barton Begged Natasha Romanoff Not To Sacrifice Herself
    Photo: Avengers: Endgame / Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures

    We've had plenty of Avenger vs. Avenger fights over the years. Hulk vs. Thor from Thor: Ragnarok. Captain America and the Winter Soldier vs. Iron Man in Captain America: Civil War. Ant-Man vs. the Falcon in Ant-Man. And though we'd seen Hawkeye and Black Widow go toe-to-toe with each other before in The Avengers, there had never been a hero-on-hero fight with the stakes as high as the rematch between those two in Avengers: Endgame.

    Clint Barton and Natasha Romanoff find themselves with the task of getting the Soul Stone from Vormir without the knowledge they would have to "trade a soul for a soul." Upon learning one of them would have to perish, the pair fight each other as each Avenger tries to sacrifice themselves. Hawkeye pleads with Natasha to let him be the one to die, but deep down she knows if the Avengers succeed, then Clint's family will return. It is a heroic gesture of the highest order, even if it rips Clint's heart out in the process.

  • Shang-Chi Begged Xu Wenwu Not To Destroy The Wall In Ta Lo
    Photo: Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings / Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures

    Xu Wenwu probably should've known his long-dead wife, Ying Li, was not being imprisoned behind the Dark Gate of Ta Lo by her family. It just doesn't make any sense. How would she be calling out to him from beyond the gate in the first place? How would they be "holding" her there? She's dead! Perhaps living for multiple centuries has finally started to wreak havoc on his mental state. 

    Shang-Chi tries to talk some sense into his father at multiple points throughout the movie about this implausible theory the Dweller-in-Darkness has tainted his mind with. "Mom's gone," Shang-Chi solemnly says when first hearing about this. "She's not talking to you from behind a gate and she's not leaving any clues for us." Even when Wenwu is pounding at the gate's door, Shang-Chi begs his father to listen. It doesn't work, and Wenwu is slain by the Dweller-in-Darkness after he finally opens the gate.

  • Sam Wilson Begged Karli Morgenthau To Stop The Flag-Smashers' Campaign
    Photo: The Falcon and the Winter Soldier / Disney+

    Karli Morgenthau could've had a huge ally in Sam Wilson. He even says as much when he proclaims, "I'm not your enemy." All Sam wants to do in The Falcon and the Winter Soldier is talk some sense into Karli. The guy knows what it is like to be stepped on by people higher up than himself in the food chain. Part of him seriously believes in what she and the other Flag-Smashers are doing.

    Of course, it would be nice if they could stop slaying innocent people in the process of their campaign. He brings that up as well: "It's not a better place if you're killing people, it's just different." For a second, it appears Sam is getting through to Karli... then John Walker has to come in and ruin everything with his gung-ho attitude. Before you know it, Karli is back to her old ways, Walker slays a guy in front of civilians, and Sam becomes the new Captain America.