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.
Nick Fury Redirects A High School's European Trip To PraguePhoto: Spider-Man: Far From Home / Sony Pictures Releasing
There's something about the heroes of the MCU and their willingness to put children in danger for the sake of the greater good. While Peter Parker is just trying to enjoy his European vacation after witnessing the demise of his mentor, he's constantly fielding requests from Nick Fury to go to Prague to help fight Elementals.
Parker repeatedly says no, so Fury just reroutes his class trip to go to Prague so the young wall-crawler will have to do it anyway. It's not the worst thing that's ever been done to poor Spidey, but it's definitely creepy. Further obscuring the legalities of this decision is the fact that it's not even Fury, but a Skrull disguised as Fury, who's working for the real Fury while he's off-planet. The whole thing is a litigator's nightmare.
Tony Stark Gives An Experimental Weapon To A ChildPhoto: Iron Man 3 / Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures
In Iron Man 3, Tony Stark ends up stranded in middle-of-nowhere Tennessee, where he befriends a kid named Harley. The kid helps Stark get back on his feet and piece together the technology he needs to get back to doing that thing where he saves the world from international terrorists.
After Harley tells Stark about a bully he's dealing with, Stark hands over what's ostensibly a flash grenade and tells the kid to press the button on top and point it away from his face. Is this child endangerment? Is it supplying a child with a deadly weapon? Is it encouraging assault? How about all three? If nothing else, Stark should be paying that bully's hospital bills.
- Photo: Captain America: Civil War / Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures
After the events of Age of Ultron, everyone in the Avengers should be aware of the amount of destruction they can level on an unsuspecting island, be it Sokovia or Manhattan. But it's not just property destruction that they need to be worried about - there are human lives at stake whenever they go out.
While attempting to stop Brock Rumlow from making off with a biological weapon from a lab in Lagos, Maximoff uses her telekinetic abilities to divert an explosion when Rumlow blows himself up. By diverting the explosion away from her teammates, she sends the propulsive energy directly into a nearby building full of Wakandan humanitarian workers. If telekinetic manslaughter isn't a thing in the MCU, it should be.
- Photo: The Avengers / Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures
In the first Avengers film, New York City is reduced to rubble when the Avengers stave off an invasion by the Chitauri. Admittedly, Loki is mostly at fault here because he brings the aliens to Earth through an inter-dimensional wormhole. However, when the Avengers go toe-to-toe with the aliens, they do so without any regard for public safety. And that's before they unleash the Hulk.
During his rampage, he smashes through buildings, destroys innumerable automobiles, and frankly carries out property destruction on an unprecedented level. It's like the Avengers let off a giant green bomb in the center of the city. If Banner and the rest of his team didn't know this would happen, that would be one thing; but the entire emotional crux of the movie is based on Banner's desire to not smash. The Avengers knew what was going to happen in New York, and that's why they may need to do a little time. Or at the very least, community service.