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The Most Selfless Acts Of Heroism In The MCU, Ranked

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Vote up the MCU moments that were truly selfless.

Through three phases of the Marvel Cinematic Universe - consisting of nearly two dozen films and hundreds of hours of additional content - there has been no shortage of onscreen displays of heroism. That’s to be expected from a mega-franchise centered on the exploits of super-characters, but there are still some moments that stand out even among the ranks of Earth’s Mightiest Heroes. And nothing says “hero” like putting one’s own life on the line to protect the lives of others. (Of course, the MCU has seen a handful of dumb heroic sacrifices, as well.)

The protagonists of the MCU come in a wide variety of shapes and sizes - Avengers, Guardians of the Galaxy, and Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. included - but they’re all united by the heroic trait of selflessness. Time and time again, the heroes of Marvel Studios have risked, and even sacrificed, themselves whenever necessary - which turns out to be pretty frequent in a universe filled with alien armies, malevolent deities, and evil planets. That’s always been the Endgame to being a hero in the Marvel Cinematic Universe.