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13 Times MCU Heroes Should Have Been Arrested

September 30, 2020 34.6k views13 items

Spider-Man, Captain America, and Tony Stark. Not only are these three guys some of the most popular characters in the MCU, they're also just three of the Marvel superheroes who deserve jail time for crimes committed throughout their respective filmographies.

Whether they're acting as members of the Avengers or going at it alone, the heroes of the MCU commit criminal acts that would put normal people behind bars for the rest of their lives. In some cases, these heroes are worse than the supervillains they're trying to stop.

Pretty much every hero in the MCU should be wanted for destruction of property and obstruction of justice. These films contain beloved characters who commit heinous offenses like homicide, reckless experimentation with A.I., and, uh, resisting arrest. The lawlessness is indisputable. It's almost remarkable that Endgame didn't finish with one long trial to put every one of these "heroes" behind bars.

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  • Tony Stark And Bruce Banner Perform Reckless Experiments Using The Mind Stone
    Photo: Avengers: Age of Ultron / Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures

    Tony Stark and Bruce Banner carry out experiments with the Mind Stone that are existentially evil if not totally illegal. Initially, after taking Loki's scepter in The Avengers, the two scientists run experiments on the stone, which ultimately have an overwhelmingly negative effect on everyone aboard the Triskellion. That's not technically against the law, but it's still not cool.

    However, it's during Age of Ultron that their experiments cross over to the wrong side of the law. After using the Mind Stone to grant sentience to a computer program, they create Ultron, a self-aware and incredibly smart robot who goes on to create killer robot drones, commit mass destruction, and completely level Sokovia. Somehow Banner and Stark are able to wash their hands of this mess and call it a day.

  • Winter Soldier Resists Arrest
    Photo: Captain America: Civil War / Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures

    Not unlike Hawkeye, Bucky Barnes - or the Winter Soldier, whatever you want to call him - is a walking murder machine. Sure, he's being controlled through intense Hydra brainwashing, but that's no excuse for not going quietly when he's under arrest or, you know, beating the heck out of a bunch of cops when they're trying to haul him in.

    Rather than go peacefully as German police attempt to detain him, Barnes levels the cops in a stairwell fight that's a clear act of resisting arrest. Even if he can prove the whole brainwashing thing, he's clearly acting of his own free will at this point in time.

  • Captain America Aids And Abets A Known Terrorist
    Photo: Captain America: Civil War / Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures

    Steve Rogers clearly understands right and wrong. As the leader of the Avengers, he carries on the fight against evils across all ends of the universe. But he's also bound by the law. Following the events of The Winter Soldier, everyone knows Bucky Barnes is a legit terrorist. He's responsible for who knows how many casualties, and his brain is so messed by Hydra that anyone with the right set of words can push him to go on a rampage.

    Rogers knows this and still helps him escape from authorities across the world. Honestly, pick a country and Rogers has aided abetted Barnes: the US, Germany, Romania. We can appreciate that he's helping out his friend, but his personal allegiance is endangering everyone else on the planet.

  • Vision Falsifies Documents To Travel To Edinburgh
    Photo: Avengers: Infinity War / Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures

    They may have fought on different sides of the whole Civil War thing, but Vision and Wanda Maximoff fell hard for one another, and their love is something comic book heads everywhere support. But what we can't (and shouldn't) get behind is Vision going outside of legal means to travel to Edinburgh.

    If Vision thinks he's different because he's an A.I. come to life with the help of Tony Stark and the Mind Stone, he's got another thing coming. During the events of Infinity War, it's shown that Vision and Maximoff meet in Edinburgh for the occasional tryst; that means Vision is traveling internationally with false documents. If everyone else has to apply for a Real ID, then you do, too, Vision.