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* M'Baku from the ''Film/{{Black Panther|2018}}'' movie is another example. Despite wanting what's best for Wakanda, he is an strict isolationist because he fears the outside world and becoming overdependent on vibranium. And [[spoiler:he will not commit to overthrowing a king just because he's asked but may change his mind later]].


** Steve Rogers aka Captain America becomes this ''Film/CaptainAmericaCivilWar.'' While Steve still has the best intentions for everyone, he doesn't ''[[IncorruptiblePurePureness always]]'' make the right decision like in the comics and though doing what he thinks is right he defects from his country, hurts his friends and worse of all betrays his own ideals and signifies by dropping his shield. In ''Film/AvengersInfinityWar'' Cap can be considered TheAtoner. Cap's darker side was {{Foreshadowed}} in ''Film/AvengersAgeOfUltron'' where he is accused of being a BloodKnight by the eponymous antagonist.

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** Steve Rogers aka Captain America becomes this ''Film/CaptainAmericaCivilWar.'' While Steve still has the best intentions for everyone, he doesn't ''[[IncorruptiblePurePureness always]]'' make the right decision like in the comics and though doing what he thinks is right he defects from his country, hurts his friends and worse of all betrays his own ideals and signifies this by dropping his shield. In ''Film/AvengersInfinityWar'' Cap can be considered TheAtoner. Cap's darker side was {{Foreshadowed}} in ''Film/AvengersAgeOfUltron'' where he is accused of being a BloodKnight by the eponymous antagonist.


* Many of the Avengers stand out as this, and become TheAtoner because of it.

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* Many Most of the Avengers stand out as this, and many eventually become TheAtoner because of it. {{The Atoner}}s:



** Steve Rogers aka Captain America becomes this ''Film/CaptainAmericaCivilWar.'' While Steve still has the best intentions for everyone, he doesn't ''[[IncorruptiblePurePureness always]]'' make the right decision like in the comics and though doing what he thinks is right he defects from his country, hurts his friends and worse of all betrays his own ideals and signifies by dropping his shield. In ''Film/AvengersInfinityWar'' Cap can be considered TheAtoner. Cap's darker side was {{Foreshadowed}} in ''Film/AvengersAgeOfUltron'' where he is accused of being a BloodKnight by the eponymous antagonist.



* Steve Rogers aka Captain America becomes this ''Film/CaptainAmericaCivilWar.'' While Steve still has the best intentions for everyone, he doesn't ''[[IncorruptiblePurePureness always]]'' make the right decision like in the comics and though doing what he thinks is right he defects from his country, hurts his friends and worse of all betrays his own ideals and signifies by dropping his shield. In ''Film/AvengersInfinityWar'' Cap can be considered TheAtoner. Cap's darker side was {{Foreshadowed}} in ''Film/AvengersAgeOfUltron'' where he is accused of being a BloodKnight by the eponymous antagonist.

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* Steve Rogers aka Captain America becomes this ''Film/CaptainAmericaCivilWar.'' While Steve still has the best intentions for everyone, he doesn't ''[[IncorruptiblePurePureness always]]'' make the right decision like in the comics and though doing what he thinks is right he defects from his country, hurts his friends and worse of all betrays his own ideals and signifies by dropping his shield. In ''Film/AvengersInfinityWar'' Cap can be considered TheAtoner. Cap's darker side was {{Foreshadowed}} in ''Film/AvengersAgeOfUltron'' where he is accused of being a BloodKnight by the eponymous antagonist.


** Tony Stark aka ''Film/IronMan'' falls under this category, even though this version of Tony is much, [[AdaptationalHeroism much nicer]] than his flawed comic book counterpart. Tony is prone to selfish actions than most of his team mates and his mistakes plague him especially in [[Film/AvengersAgeOfUltron Age of Ultron]] and [[Film/CaptainAmericaCivilWar Civil War]], and is shown to be a WellIntentionedExtremist.

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** Tony Stark aka ''Film/IronMan'' falls under this category, even though this version of Tony is much, [[AdaptationalHeroism much nicer]] than his flawed comic book counterpart. Tony is prone to selfish actions than most of his team mates teammates. He is shown to be a WellIntentionedExtremist, and his mistakes plague him especially in [[Film/AvengersAgeOfUltron Age of Ultron]] and [[Film/CaptainAmericaCivilWar Civil War]], and is shown to be a WellIntentionedExtremist.War]].



** Agent Natasha Romanoff aka Black Widow (first appearing in ''Film/IronMan2'') is also an example to this rule, especially prominent in ''Film/CaptainAmericaTheWinterSoldier'', where she has a lot of red in her ledger that she's trying to wipe out by being an amoral spy.
** By the same metric Hawkeye despite being a loving FamilyMan has committed numerous crimes and is technically a ProfessionalKiller.

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** Agent Natasha Romanoff aka Black Widow (first appearing in ''Film/IronMan2'') is also an example to this rule, AntiHero, especially prominent in ''Film/CaptainAmericaTheWinterSoldier'', where she has a lot of red in her ledger that she's trying to wipe out by being an amoral spy.
** By the same metric Hawkeye despite being a loving FamilyMan has committed numerous crimes and is technically a ProfessionalKiller.



* Nick Fury, [[BigGood the Director of S.H.I.E.L.D., a 'Level 10' agent, and campaigner for the Avengers Initiative]], is another example to this rule, especially in ''{{Film/The Avengers|2012}}''. He's a practical, levelheaded man who's ultimately fighting for the good side, but he's also a [[TheChessmaster pragmatic manipulator]] and [[GuileHero isn't above deceiving]] [[ManipulativeBastard or lying to The Avengers]] to achieve his goals, [[spoiler:such as when the team discovers that he was keeping secrets about using the Tesseract to develop weapons of mass destruction. Even Captain America became appalled with him.]] This drives a lot of the conflict with him - he keeps secrets and lies to the heroes' faces, and feel no shame about it whatsoever.

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* Nick Fury, [[BigGood the Director of S.H.I.E.L.D., a 'Level 10' agent, and campaigner for the Avengers Initiative]], is another example to this rule, one, especially in ''{{Film/The Avengers|2012}}''. He's a practical, levelheaded man who's ultimately fighting for the good side, but he's also a [[TheChessmaster pragmatic manipulator]] and [[GuileHero isn't above deceiving]] [[ManipulativeBastard or lying to The Avengers]] to achieve his goals, [[spoiler:such as when the team discovers that he was keeping secrets about using the Tesseract to develop weapons of mass destruction. Even Captain America became appalled with him.]] This drives a lot of the conflict with him - he keeps secrets and lies to the heroes' faces, and feel no shame about it whatsoever.



** Gamora is a Zehoberei woman taken in and modified by Thanos to be a warrior in his service. [[FreudianExcuse To be fair,]] [[BrokenBird her family was murdered in front of her and then she was adopted and raised as an assassin by the one responsible for her parents' death]], so it’s no surprise someone coming out of that would be so cold and emotionally reserved. She later has a HeelFaceTurn, turning against her former compatriots and employers to protect the masses of the galaxy from certain doom.

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** Gamora is a Zehoberei woman taken in and modified by Thanos to be a warrior in his service. [[FreudianExcuse To be fair,]] She has a FreudianExcuse -- [[BrokenBird her family was murdered in front of her and then she was adopted and raised as an assassin by the one responsible for her parents' death]], so it’s no surprise someone coming out of that would be so cold and emotionally reserved. She later has a HeelFaceTurn, turning against her former compatriots and employers to protect the masses of the galaxy from certain doom.



** [[AnimalSuperhero Rocket]] [[AlienAnimals Raccoon]] is a bounty hunter with a penchant for heavy weaponry and bombs. In fact, he's definitely one of the more violent and unfriendly members of the team. It helps that he is the TokenEvilTeammate.
** [[GentleGiant Groot]] is a mobile, sapient tree-like alien who serves as Rocket's friend/transportation. He even has apparently spent some time kidnapping and/or impaling people for money as Rocket's accomplice. Despite this, he is the TokenGoodTeammate of the team.

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** [[AnimalSuperhero Rocket]] [[AlienAnimals Raccoon]] is a bounty hunter with a penchant for heavy weaponry and bombs. In fact, he's definitely He's one of the more violent and unfriendly members of the team. It helps that he is the TokenEvilTeammate.
** [[GentleGiant Groot]] is a mobile, sapient tree-like alien who serves as Rocket's friend/transportation. He even has apparently spent some time kidnapping and/or impaling people for money as Rocket's accomplice. Despite this, he is the TokenGoodTeammate of the team.



* In the ''Film/DoctorStrange2016'' movie, the titular character starts out as a self-centered glory hound who wouldn't do anything too difficult for fear of staining his perfect record to a selfless champion who is [[spoiler:willing to endlessly lose against Dormammu in obscurity to spare Earth and the rest of the Multiverse from the fiend]].

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* In the ''Film/DoctorStrange2016'' ''Film/{{Doctor Strange|2016}}'' movie, the titular character starts out as a self-centered glory hound who wouldn't do anything too difficult for fear of staining his perfect record to a selfless champion who is [[spoiler:willing to endlessly lose against Dormammu in obscurity to spare Earth and the rest of the Multiverse from the fiend]].


** Tony Stark aka ''Film/IronMan'' falls under this category, even though ironically this version of Tony is much, [[AdaptationalHeroism much nicer]] than his flawed comic book counterpart. Nevertheless Tony is still prone to selfish actions than most of his team mates and his mistakes plague him especially in [[Film/AvengersAgeOfUltron Age of Ultron]] and [[Film/CaptainAmericaCivilWar Civil War]]. Tony is even compared to Thanos in terms of being a WellIntentionedExtremist.

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** Tony Stark aka ''Film/IronMan'' falls under this category, even though ironically this version of Tony is much, [[AdaptationalHeroism much nicer]] than his flawed comic book counterpart. Nevertheless Tony is still prone to selfish actions than most of his team mates and his mistakes plague him especially in [[Film/AvengersAgeOfUltron Age of Ultron]] and [[Film/CaptainAmericaCivilWar Civil War]]. Tony War]], and is even compared shown to Thanos in terms of being be a WellIntentionedExtremist.


** Pietro and Wanda Maximoff aka Quicksilver and Scarlet Witch from ''Film/AvengersAgeOfUltron'' are the most villainous Avengers to this date, they willingly joined HYDRA out of IrrationalHatred of Tony Stark and then joined Utron the killer titular robot. Not until more half way though the movie do they HeelFaceTurn to Avengers, Wanda in particular is treated more like a hero by Cap and other Avengers than Anti-Hero [[EasilyForgiven despite all the shit she's done]].

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** Pietro and Wanda Maximoff aka Quicksilver and Scarlet Witch from ''Film/AvengersAgeOfUltron'' are the most villainous Avengers to this date, they willingly joined HYDRA out of IrrationalHatred hatred of Tony Stark and then joined Utron the killer titular robot. Not until more half way though the movie do they HeelFaceTurn to Avengers, Avengers. Wanda in particular is treated more like a hero EasilyForgiven by Cap and other Avengers than Anti-Hero [[EasilyForgiven despite all the shit she's done]].done.


* Loki becomes this a while in ''Film/ThorTheDarkWorld'', having numerous innocents in [[{{Film/The Avengers|2012}} Avengers]] he is distrusted by everyone with the sole exception of Frigga [[EvenBadMenLoveTheirMamas his mother]]. When he seemly makes a HeroicSacrifice Loki redeems himself, though he takes the opportunity to seize the throne. In ''Film/ThorRagnarok'' he becomes more a NominalHero in the same vein as Valkyrie.

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* Loki becomes is an ExBigBad who turns into this a while in ''Film/ThorTheDarkWorld'', having starting from ''Film/ThorTheDarkWorld.'' Having killed numerous innocents in [[{{Film/The Avengers|2012}} Avengers]] he is distrusted by everyone with the sole exception of Frigga [[EvenBadMenLoveTheirMamas his mother]]. When she is killed, he seemly makes becomes a HeroicSacrifice Loki redeems himself, though he takes NominalHero by joining Thor and Jane only to avenger her, but still selflessly risks his life to save them both. He then tricks them and leaves, taking the opportunity to seize the throne. In ''Film/ThorRagnarok'' At the end of ''Film/ThorRagnarok,'' he becomes more a NominalHero classic AntiHero in the same vein as Valkyrie. Valkyrie [[spoiler:when he arrives with reinforcements JustInTime to save Asgardians from Hela's UndeadMooks. And in ''Film/AvengersInfinityWar,'' he dies in a HeroicSacrifice.]]


* Some of the Avengers stand out as this, and become TheAtoner because of it.
** Tony Stark aka ''Film/IronMan'' probably falls under this category, even though ironically this version of Tony is much, [[AdaptationalHeroism much nicer]] than his flawed comic book counterpart. Nevertheless Tony is still prone to selfish actions than most of his team mates and his mistakes plague him especially in [[Film/AvengersAgeOfUltron Age of Ultron]] and [[Film/CaptainAmericaCivilWar Civil War]]. Tony is even compared to Thanos in terms of being a WellIntentionedExtremist.

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* Some Many of the Avengers stand out as this, and become TheAtoner because of it.
** Tony Stark aka ''Film/IronMan'' probably falls under this category, even though ironically this version of Tony is much, [[AdaptationalHeroism much nicer]] than his flawed comic book counterpart. Nevertheless Tony is still prone to selfish actions than most of his team mates and his mistakes plague him especially in [[Film/AvengersAgeOfUltron Age of Ultron]] and [[Film/CaptainAmericaCivilWar Civil War]]. Tony is even compared to Thanos in terms of being a WellIntentionedExtremist.



*** By the same metric Hawkeye despite being a loving FamilyMan has committed numerous crimes and is technically a ProfessionalKiller.

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*** ** By the same metric Hawkeye despite being a loving FamilyMan has committed numerous crimes and is technically a ProfessionalKiller. ProfessionalKiller.
** Pietro and Wanda Maximoff aka Quicksilver and Scarlet Witch from ''Film/AvengersAgeOfUltron'' are the most villainous Avengers to this date, they willingly joined HYDRA out of IrrationalHatred of Tony Stark and then joined Utron the killer titular robot. Not until more half way though the movie do they HeelFaceTurn to Avengers, Wanda in particular is treated more like a hero by Cap and other Avengers than Anti-Hero [[EasilyForgiven despite all the shit she's done]].



** Pietro and Wanda Maximoff aka Quicksilver and Scarlet Witch from ''Film/AvengersAgeOfUltron'' are the most villainous Avengers to this date, they willingly joined HYDRA out of IrrationalHatred of Tony Stark and then joined Utron the killer titular robot. Not until more half way though the movie do they HeelFaceTurn to Avengers, Wanda in particular is treated more like a hero by Cap and other Avengers than Anti-Hero [[EasilyForgiven despite all the shit she's done]].


* Unfortunately Steve Rogers aka Captain America becomes this ''Film/CaptainAmericaCivilWar'' while Steve still has the best intentions for everyone, he doesn't ''[[IncorruptiblePurePureness always]]'' make the right decision like in the comics and though doing what he thinks is right he defects from his country, hurts his friends and worse of all betrays his own ideals and signifies by dropping his shield. In ''Film/AvengersInfinityWar'' Cap can be considered TheAtoner.
** Arguably Cap's darker side was {{Foreshadowed}} in ''Film/AvengersAgeOfUltron'' where he is accused of being a BloodKnight by the eponymous antagonist. Keep in mind the Creator/ChrisEvans's Steve Rogers clearly is not The Punisher, but he isn't as pure as someone like Spider-Man either.

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* Unfortunately Steve Rogers aka Captain America becomes this ''Film/CaptainAmericaCivilWar'' while ''Film/CaptainAmericaCivilWar.'' While Steve still has the best intentions for everyone, he doesn't ''[[IncorruptiblePurePureness always]]'' make the right decision like in the comics and though doing what he thinks is right he defects from his country, hurts his friends and worse of all betrays his own ideals and signifies by dropping his shield. In ''Film/AvengersInfinityWar'' Cap can be considered TheAtoner. \n** Arguably Cap's darker side was {{Foreshadowed}} in ''Film/AvengersAgeOfUltron'' where he is accused of being a BloodKnight by the eponymous antagonist. Keep in mind the Creator/ChrisEvans's Steve Rogers clearly is not The Punisher, but he isn't as pure as someone like Spider-Man either.
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* Some of the Avengers stand out as this:

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* Some of the Avengers stand out as this:this, and become TheAtoner because of it.
** Tony Stark aka ''Film/IronMan'' probably falls under this category, even though ironically this version of Tony is much, [[AdaptationalHeroism much nicer]] than his flawed comic book counterpart. Nevertheless Tony is still prone to selfish actions than most of his team mates and his mistakes plague him especially in [[Film/AvengersAgeOfUltron Age of Ultron]] and [[Film/CaptainAmericaCivilWar Civil War]]. Tony is even compared to Thanos in terms of being a WellIntentionedExtremist.




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*** By the same metric Hawkeye despite being a loving FamilyMan has committed numerous crimes and is technically a ProfessionalKiller.



** Pietro and Wanda Maximoff aka Quicksilver and Scarlet Witch from ''Film/AvengersAgeOfUltron'' are the most villainous Avengers to this date, they willingly joined HYDRA out of IrrationalHatred of Tony Stark and then joined Utron the killer titular robot. Not until more half way though the movie do they HeelFaceTurn to Avengers, Wanda in particular is treated more like a hero by Cap and other Avengers than Anti-Hero [[EasilyForgiven despite all the shit she's done]].



* Loki becomes this a while in ''Film/ThorTheDarkWorld'', having numerous innocents in [[{{Film/The Avengers|2012}} Avengers]] he is distrusted by everyone with the sole exception of Frigga [[EvenBadMenLoveTheirMamas his mother]]. When he seemly makes a HeroicSacrifice Loki redeems himself, though he takes the opportunity to seize the throne. In ''Film/ThorRagnarok'' he becomes more a NominalHero in the same vein as Valkyrie.
* Bucky Barnes [[spoiler: aka the Winter Soldier is [[DesignatedVillain unwillingly]] [[BrainWashedAndCrazy example]] due to HYDRA's influence, he has come close to killing certain Avengers e.g like Black Widow and Nick Fury and even after his HeelFaceTurn back to good is distrusted by almost everyone with the exception of his best friend Steve Rogers and a few Wakandains. The Russo brothers enjoyed Bucky's character [[WordOfGod because]] they could get away with pushing his dark side further any other hero]].




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* Unfortunately Steve Rogers aka Captain America becomes this ''Film/CaptainAmericaCivilWar'' while Steve still has the best intentions for everyone, he doesn't ''[[IncorruptiblePurePureness always]]'' make the right decision like in the comics and though doing what he thinks is right he defects from his country, hurts his friends and worse of all betrays his own ideals and signifies by dropping his shield. In ''Film/AvengersInfinityWar'' Cap can be considered TheAtoner.
** Arguably Cap's darker side was {{Foreshadowed}} in ''Film/AvengersAgeOfUltron'' where he is accused of being a BloodKnight by the eponymous antagonist. Keep in mind the Creator/ChrisEvans's Steve Rogers clearly is not The Punisher, but he isn't as pure as someone like Spider-Man either.


* In the ''Film/GuardiansOfTheGalaxy'' movie, the [[Characters/MCUGuardiansOfTheGalaxy eponymous superheroes]] are a straight-up bunch of anti-heroes, with the team being made up of thieves, career criminals, and assassins (as exemplified in the picture above).

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* In the ''Film/GuardiansOfTheGalaxy'' movie, the [[Characters/MCUGuardiansOfTheGalaxy eponymous superheroes]] superheroes are a straight-up bunch of anti-heroes, with the team being made up of thieves, career criminals, and assassins (as exemplified in the picture above).



* In ''Series/TheDefenders2017'', there is a [[Characters/MCUDefenders eponymous team of street level heroes]] defending the mean streets of New York from more grounded threats. They’re a much darker, morally grey team compared to the Avengers. Additionally, they are the KnightInSourArmor variant as these heroes been broken by the world around them, but they continue to fight for what they think is the right thing.

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* In ''Series/TheDefenders2017'', there is a [[Characters/MCUDefenders eponymous team of street level heroes]] heroes defending the mean streets of New York from more grounded threats. They’re a much darker, morally grey team compared to the Avengers. Additionally, they are the KnightInSourArmor variant as these heroes been broken by the world around them, but they continue to fight for what they think is the right thing.


* Several of the Avengers stand out as this:
** In the first ''Film/IronMan'' movie, Tony Stark, aka Iron Man, is the GoodIsNotNice variant. In fact, he has such a large ego he's willing to use himself as a [[ProfessorGuineaPig human guinea pig]] in his experiments, often with hilariously humiliating results — but the fact that he's doing it for the cause of justice means you can't help but root for him. [[labelnote:MISC. INFO]][[ComicBook/IronMan His comic counterpart's]] alcoholism got thrown into [[Film/IronMan2 the sequel]], where he became an even bigger jerk due to international recognition as Iron Man and the prospect of [[spoiler:dying from palladium]].[[/labelnote]]

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* Several Some of the Avengers stand out as this:
** In the first ''Film/IronMan'' movie, Tony Stark, aka Iron Man, is the GoodIsNotNice variant. In fact, he has such a large ego he's willing to use himself as a [[ProfessorGuineaPig human guinea pig]] in his experiments, often with hilariously humiliating results — but the fact that he's doing it for the cause of justice means you can't help but root for him. [[labelnote:MISC. INFO]][[ComicBook/IronMan His comic counterpart's]] alcoholism got thrown into [[Film/IronMan2 the sequel]], where he became an even bigger jerk due to international recognition as Iron Man and the prospect of [[spoiler:dying from palladium]].[[/labelnote]]
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*** In fact, [[IdealHero Captain America]], [[TheHero aka Steve Rogers]] is the only one who is actually the clean-cut superhero, as the rest of the Avengers count as diverse anti-heroes.

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*** In fact, [[IdealHero Captain America]], [[TheHero aka Steve Rogers]] is the only one who is actually the clean-cut superhero, as the rest of the Avengers count as diverse anti-heroes.


->''"You think [[ComicBook/{{Daredevil}} the]] [[ComicBook/JessicaJones four]] [[ComicBook/LukeCageHeroForHire of]] [[ComicBook/ImmortalIronFist you]] can save New York? You can't even save yourselves."''
-->-- '''Stick''', questioning the importance of [[ComicBook/TheDefenders the Defenders]], ''{{Series/The Defenders|2017}}''

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->''"You think [[ComicBook/{{Daredevil}} the]] [[ComicBook/JessicaJones four]] [[ComicBook/LukeCageHeroForHire of]] [[ComicBook/ImmortalIronFist you]] the four of you can save New York? You can't even save yourselves."''
-->-- '''Stick''', questioning the importance of [[ComicBook/TheDefenders the Defenders]], ''{{Series/The Defenders|2017}}''
Defenders|2017}}''[[note]]ComicBook/{{Daredevil}}, ComicBook/JessicaJones, ComicBook/LukeCageHeroForHire, and ComicBook/ImmortalIronFist[[/note]]



->'''Stick:''' You think [[ComicBook/{{Daredevil}} the]] [[ComicBook/JessicaJones four]] [[ComicBook/LukeCageHeroForHire of]] [[ComicBook/ImmortalIronFist you]] can save New York? You can't even save yourselves.
->--Stick, questioning the importance of [[ComicBook/TheDefenders the Defenders]], ''{{Series/The Defenders|2017}}''



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\n->'''Stick:''' You ->''"You think [[ComicBook/{{Daredevil}} the]] [[ComicBook/JessicaJones four]] [[ComicBook/LukeCageHeroForHire of]] [[ComicBook/ImmortalIronFist you]] can save New York? You can't even save yourselves.
->--Stick,
yourselves."''
-->-- '''Stick''',
questioning the importance of [[ComicBook/TheDefenders the Defenders]], ''{{Series/The Defenders|2017}}''


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