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14 Times MCU Heroes Actually Helped People Instead Of Just Punching Things

October 13, 2020 3.5k votes 406 voters 30.1k views14 items

List RulesVote up the MCU moments that are truly heroic.

We're all pretty accustomed to superheroes punching their way out of trouble. It makes a lot of sense; superheroes usually can solve their problems by using their vast power sets - or simply by using violence. But part of being a hero is helping others, and you certainly don't need to use violence or powers to do that. The Marvel Cinematic Universe has plenty of examples of heroes helping others out in ways that involve zero violence whatsoever.

Peter Parker has appeared at charity functions as Spider-Man. Tony Stark funded a bunch of research projects sight unseen. T'Challa founded outreach facilities. Captain America jumped on a grenade! These superheroes - and more - prove that you don't have to be a master martial artist to help those in need. Here are some times MCU heroes actually helped people instead of just punching things. Vote up the most truly heroic moments.

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    Steve Rogers Jumping On A Grenade To Save His Fellow Soldiers

    Steve Rogers Jumping On A Grenade To Save His Fellow Soldiers
    Photo: Captain America: The First Avenger / Paramount Pictures

    And now we have the classic example of Steve Rogers's goodness: a scene in which he jumps on a dummy grenade he believes is real in order to save the lives of the fellow soldiers around him at his training camp. It is the fundamental representation of Rogers as a character and proves he was meant to be the man who becomes Captain America.

    There is no glory here, no villain to punch, no damsel in distress to save. This is just Steve making the sacrificial play for the good of others. And there really isn't anything much more heroic than that.

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  • Captain America Leading And Participating In Support Groups
    Photo: Avengers: Endgame / Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures

    When Thanos wiped half of all living beings out of existence with the snap of his fingers at the end of Avengers: Infinity War, the emotional trauma he sparked was incalculable. And when the Avengers figured out they couldn't put things right after Thanos destroyed the Stones at the beginning of Avengers: Endgame, the superhero team had to figure out what to do in a world that just lost half its population.

    Steve Rogers decided to spend his time leading a support group for those struggling with the altered reality they were living in. Five years after the Snap, Rogers could still be seen participating in these support groups. Because he's Captain America and Captain America is the best of us.

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    Spider-Man Helping Out Civilians In 'Spider-Man: Homecoming'

    Spider-Man Helping Out Civilians In 'Spider-Man: Homecoming'
    Photo: Spider-Man: Homecoming / Sony Pictures Releasing

    Before Peter Parker became a full-fledged Avenger in Avengers: Infinity War and began stomping around Europe in Spider-Man: Far From Home, he was just your good, old Friendly Neighborhood Spider-Man in Spider-Man: Homecoming. What did that entail? A whole bunch of mundanity, that's what.

    Spider-Man's superhero actions consisted mainly of him swinging around NYC and seeing if anyone needed help. This didn't often amount to much - one guy wanted him to do a backflip - but he did end up helping an old woman with some instructions on how to get where she was going. She rewarded him with a churro. Not a bad day!

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  • Doctor Strange Trapping Himself In A Painful Time Loop To Save Earth
    Photo: Doctor Strange / Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures

    Doctor Strange bucked the superhero climax trend by having its eponymous hero fight a villain in a way far different from the usual fare. At the end of the film, Strange confronts Dormammu in the Dark Dimension and defeats this big baddie in an inventive way that doesn't require violence from the Master of the Mystic Arts in any way at all.

    Using the Time Stone, Strange creates a time loop that will trap both Dormammu and Strange forever unless the villain agrees to Strange's terms. This doesn't stop Dormammu from painfully slaying Strange over and over and over, though. His plan eventually works, but we have to remember that Strange essentially agreed to resign himself to an eternity of pain and suffering in order to save the Earth from Dormammu's wrath.

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