15 Most Selfless Acts Of Heroism In The MCU

  • Published: 22 July 2019
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    The Marvel Cinematic Universe is jam-packed with some of pop culture's most iconic superheroes.

    As a result, we've seen countless acts of heroism since the franchise's inception back in 2008.

    But not all of them are what you'd necessarily describe as "selfless".

    There have been lots of selfless acts of heroism as well, however - and they're the ones we're going to be focusing on in this video.

    The fifteen examples we're going to be discussing here are; when Thor confronted the Destroyer armour whilst depowered in Thor (2011), when Captain America crashed Red Skull's plane into the ocean in Captain America: The First Avenger (2011), when Tony Stark dumped the nuclear missile into Loki's portal in The Avengers (2012), when Groot protected his team-mates during a crash-landing in Guardians of the Galaxy (2014), when the Guardians of the Galaxy collectively wielded the Power Stone to defeat Ronan in Guardians of the Galaxy (2014), when Quicksilver ran into the path of bullets to save Hawkeye in Avengers: Age of Ultron (2015), when Ant-Man went subatomic to defeat Yellowjacket in Ant-Man (2015), when Doctor Strange died over and over again to submit Dormammu in Doctor Strange (2016), when Yondu sacrificed himself to save Peter Quill in Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 (2017), when Spider-Man jumped on Adrian Toomes' plane in Spider-Man: Homecoming (2017), when Thor took the force of a star to create Stormbreaker in Avengers: Infinity War (2018), when Vision had Wanda Maximoff kill him in Avengers: Infinity War (2018), when Natasha Romanoff sacrificed herself in Avengers: Endgame (2019), when Bruce Banner used the Infinity Stones in Avengers: Endgame (2019), and when Tony Stark used the Infinity Stones in Avengers: Endgame (2019).

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Comments • 717

  • Michael Song
    Michael Song  2 weeks back

    Hmm. Honestly, Thanos's act was quite selfless too. What he did, he did it for a better universe, not for some personal greed (he even sacrificed Gamora, and since Soul Stone accepted the sacrifice, she meant everything to Thanos). He even destroyed the Infinity stones, just so they can't be used to bring chaos.

    • FireDragon's Gaming
      FireDragon's Gaming  2 weeks back

      When cap was willing to take on thanos's entire army alone, with a battered body and a broken shield, but a strong spirit

      • Smit Moradiya
        Smit Moradiya  1 months back

        Spider-Man Homecoming :
        If you want to shoot at someone shoot at me

        • Ariel Harris
          Ariel Harris  1 months back

          What do u mean SELFLESS????!!! Sometimes people have to risk their life for others, I know iron man could've put his helmet on, but he wanted this.

          • Monika Tamelyte
            Monika Tamelyte  1 months back

            I’d say that destroying the mind stone was just as horrible for Wanda as it was for Vision, if not more. He died, but she had to kill her boyfriend that she really loved and watch him die. Losing a loved one is just as hard as dying, and if you have to kill them… Ugh, I can’t imagine what Wanda was going through

            • Peyton Pursley
              Peyton Pursley  1 months back

              I feel like black widow’s sacrifice was more important then the hulk’s...

              • Tenareth
                Tenareth  1 months back

                decimation means destroying 10%, why do you keep using that word?.. why not just say "the snap" like everyone else? It was 50%, decimate is definitely not the right word.

                • Jeffrey C
                  Jeffrey C  2 months back

                  The Hulks act wasn't selfless. He literally said he was made for this. Granted he wasn't completely sure but he also knew he could survive. Also, Natashas wasn't a selfless act. It was an act of redemption, would have been the same for Clint. Again...They both said as much. Also since neither actually sacrificed the other how did they get the soul stone. The rule was clear, one must sacrifice the one they love. Not one must sacrifice themselves for someone they love. You know who didn't make a selfless act, Captain Marvel. She is super OP and instead of making the snap herself she loses the gauntlet.

                  RIP Ironman... Never forget!

                  • Chelsea and Chloe
                    Chelsea and Chloe  2 months back

                    I’m so sorry for wasting ur time but
                    IN MY OPINION
                    The most selfless hero in the MCU is Iron Man(Anthony Edward Stark) bc every Avengers movie,he always sacrifice himself....some people may not think that bc he has such a big ego that he is not the type of person who will save people or in general, to show any act selfless heroism...
                    I mean in the first Avengers movie,he brought the missile with him to space to save people’s lives in Avengers Age of Ultron,he protected Sokovia
                    from falling apart,in Avengers Infinity war he was ready to sacrifice himself(although Dr.Strange stepped in and spare his life by giving the time stone)and last but not the least,in Avengers Endgame,I don’t even know where to begin,but I do know that he saved billions of lives...
                    It was really selfless if him to do...he was ready to die in every movie and ready to sacrifice himself to a world who never even loved him...
                    and for me,it’s really heroic of him to do...

                    And again I’m sorry to waste ur time😐

                    • John Davidson
                      John Davidson  2 months back

                      Tony threw himself on that wire. Or did he find a way to cut it?

                      • Vishnu Karthik
                        Vishnu Karthik  2 months back

                        Captain America standing alone against the whole army.

                        • Charlotte Allison
                          Charlotte Allison  2 months back

                          Iron Man's sacrifice still gets me to tear up. R.I.P., Mr. Stark.

                          • Mr WarStorm
                            Mr WarStorm  2 months back

                            What about when Steve Rogers jumped onto that grenade

                            • The God of Mischief
                              The God of Mischief  2 months back

                              Am I a joke to you?

                              • promise ukaegbu
                                promise ukaegbu  2 months back

                                am i the only one that was happy that iron man died ,because of how strong he was ,but he is a good character though

                                • Marbenmin
                                  Marbenmin  2 months back

                                  One of the most SELFISH acts in the MCU is that none of the heroes would let Thanos finish his soup in endgame.

                                  • Bluebeda 247
                                    Bluebeda 247  2 months back

                                    Dormammu I’ve come to bargain

                                    • 69 Aura
                                      69 Aura  2 months back

                                      *i would throw my brother off that cliff and get the souls tone if it was real.*

                                      • Loki
                                        Loki  2 months back

                                        *Hehe boi! My name is at the beginning! Now, i have a successful garlic farm.*

                                        • Sylvia Dallas
                                          Sylvia Dallas  2 months back

                                          Good compilation. But there is a thing called thesaurus, that would have enabled you to find substitutes for 'titular'

                                          • Ashim Gaire
                                            Ashim Gaire  2 months back

                                            I love this video 3000

                                            • Shobna Segran
                                              Shobna Segran  2 months back

                                              I wish this video had an avengers theme in the background

                                              • Marvin Moore
                                                Marvin Moore  2 months back

                                                and he also was willing to die to save only woman he ever loved

                                                • Marvin Moore
                                                  Marvin Moore  2 months back

                                                  and he also sacrificed his own life to save the only woman he loved and which is Peggy Carter and yeah so he did it to save the only woman he ever loved and everybody else

                                                  • Blizzard *
                                                    Blizzard *  2 months back

                                                    How did I even watch this without dying of depression

                                                    • CHANAKYA SINHA
                                                      CHANAKYA SINHA  2 months back

                                                      You missed the ancient one

                                                      • angelina Dellacamera
                                                        angelina Dellacamera  2 months back

                                                        so many tears

                                                        • davydiver
                                                          davydiver  2 months back

                                                          I would like to see the selfless snap that undoes the damage caused by Disney across franchise...😀

                                                          • Nicholas Matache
                                                            Nicholas Matache  2 months back

                                                            You forgot about Loki in avengers infinity war

                                                            • John Oconnell
                                                              John Oconnell  2 months back

                                                              Screen rants word of the day: Titular.

                                                              • Mister Movies
                                                                Mister Movies  2 months back

                                                                Every MCU Movie Has Acts Of Heroism this video was point less.

                                                                • Serra Matheny
                                                                  Serra Matheny  2 months back

                                                                  What about the beginning of IW where Loki was fully prepared to take on Thanos and try to kill him to stop him

                                                                  • Clyde Kye
                                                                    Clyde Kye  2 months back

                                                                    wait so pietro running in front of bullets and thor making his hammer rank like 5-10 higher than Captain America crashing his plane to save the western hemisphere, and there's not even a single mention of him standing up to the entirety of Thanos's army with an injured body and half of a shield? Why are so many people sleeping on Cap?

                                                                    • Marvin Moore
                                                                      Marvin Moore  2 months back

                                                                      the Shocker wasn't in Spiderman Homecoming

                                                                      • Quality Content
                                                                        Quality Content  2 months back

                                                                        They also forgot Loki in IW

                                                                        • Quality Content
                                                                          Quality Content  2 months back

                                                                          I’m just gonna say, when Quicksilver was shot, there were exit holes. So, the bullets should have also killed Clint and the kid

                                                                          • Dragon DNA
                                                                            Dragon DNA  2 months back

                                                                            I feel bad for Tony, he made a very selfless act, and felt bad about leaving his wife and daughter

                                                                            • Agatha Henney
                                                                              Agatha Henney  2 months back

                                                                              It’s Liz Allen not Liz Toomes

                                                                              • stu wilkie
                                                                                stu wilkie  2 months back

                                                                                How many times can the word titular be used in one youtube video?

                                                                                • tallywacker_
                                                                                  tallywacker_  2 months back

                                                                                  without a doubt the most selfless act was the guy in Iron Man, who saved Tony’s life. if this didn’t happen, we’d have no MCU at all..

                                                                                  • sounak the great
                                                                                    sounak the great  2 months back

                                                                                    Nothing is selfless about Captain Marvel........

                                                                                    • flash deviosfrg
                                                                                      flash deviosfrg  2 months back

                                                                                      I think you mean that caps sacrifice was unnecessary more than heroic

                                                                                      • Zarakaï
                                                                                        Zarakaï  2 months back

                                                                                        Basicaly those act make someone *worthy* of Mjolnir: willing to sacrifice someone's own life to save many. Then why is Tony unworthy after intercepting the nuke???

                                                                                        • Freya Louise
                                                                                          Freya Louise  2 months back

                                                                                          Tony should have grabbed all of the other avengers hands so he would have survived
                                                                                          Like in the guardians of the galaxy

                                                                                        • Mr.Narwhal1208 R
                                                                                          Mr.Narwhal1208 R  2 months back

                                                                                          Why isn’t Loki in this list, he was willing to kill a Thanos to Stop him, but killed him self in the process!!! It was such a heroic was to tell that he was a good guy now!!

                                                                                          • DeckzFN
                                                                                            DeckzFN  3 months back

                                                                                            wrong!! the most selfless act was when peter put his vlog on hold in homecoming/civil war

                                                                                            • Dinoplants yt
                                                                                              Dinoplants yt  3 months back

                                                                                              RIP IRON MAN 2008-2019 HE WAS THE BEST HERO ANYONE COULD ASK FOR.

                                                                                              • Johncy Emmanuel solomon
                                                                                                Johncy Emmanuel solomon  3 months back

                                                                                                Excellent video!!!!! Greatttttt!!!!!!!!!! Really gr8!!!!