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For a franchise about superheroes, works set in the Marvel Cinematic Universe tend to have realistic consequences for events:


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    Phase One 
  • Iron Man:
    • When Tony announces that Stark Industries, one of the leading arms manufacturers on the planet will immediately cease production of all weaponry, with no warning or explanation, the company's stocks take a nosedive. The loss in confidence also allows Obadiah to convince the board of directors to turn on him.
    • While taking the Mk. II suit out for a test flight Tony gets ahead of himself and flies into the upper atmosphere, forgetting its not properly equipped for high altitude flight. He finds out the hard way as the armor freezes from the cold, and barely manages to restart its systems in time. On the upside though, this experience does allow him to use it against Stane/Iron Monger who had only recently cobbled together a suit of his own while Tony had improved his. So when they hit the atmosphere while fighting, Stane's the one that goes for a freefall.
    • When Tony flies into an active warzone to stop some insurgents he is marked as a hostile by the US Air Force due to being an unknown combatant. When he tries to fly off without identifying himself they naturally try to shoot him down.
    • Donning the Mk. III suit is done by having an assembler hidden in Tony's basement workshop assemble it around him, leading to one of the most beautiful Technology Porn shots in cinematic history. Without any experience in combat using the Mk. III suit, Tony failed to account for combat damage when designing it and its assembler. After taking heavy damage in Gulmira, the suit can no longer be disassembled as easily and cleanly as it was assembled, leaving Tony stuck in it and squirming in pain while Jarvis struggles through damaged hardware to get it off.
    • The attack's proximity to where Tony was held also causes Rhodes to suspect his involvement, and when this is confirmed he refuses to let Tony tell him any thing. Because he's obligated to arrest Tony and must maintain plausible deniability in order to avoid being court martialed for withholding information in the event Tony's actions come to light.
  • Iron Man 2:
    • Tony reveals that he has Powered Armor. The U.S. government naturally will take an interest in such a tool since such a thing is too powerful to be left in the hands of one person. Or rather, a Senator tries to get it for HYDRA...
      • It also triggers an arms race to replicate Tony's armor, especially by powers hostile to the United States such as Iran and North Korea since Tony is an American citizen, just like how the American invention of the atomic bomb all but forced the Soviet Union and other states to follow suit. Reality ensues for them, too, though, as none of them have the specs to the Iron Man armor or Tony's know-how to effectively reverse-engineer it, and no one was able to successfully replicate the armor until Vanko. If subsequent films are any hint, even the de facto ownership of the War Machine armor by the military in this period wasn't enough to copy it.
  • The Avengers:
    • Black Widow is all sorts of badass, but she's savvy enough to know how well she'd fare if Banner turns into the Hulk and she happens to be the closest target for his rage. When it happens, she's visibly terrified and doesn't try to fight him, she just runs and hides. When he catches up to her, a single swipe is enough to stun her long enough for him to crush her, and it would've happened if Thor hadn't intervened.
    • Despite being in a superhero movie, the team fighting a full army is treated with a fair amount of realism. The cliché of a dozen enemies landing a single hit is deconstructed when every member slows down from injuries and exhaustion:
      • The most human member Black Widow slows down first and decides to do something else to stop the army.
      • Hawkeye runs out of his trademark Trick Arrows at one point and is nearly killed. He is also shown having to scavenge and collect arrows he's already fired in order to remain useful in the fight, as well as the effects of smashing through a hard glass window and landing on the shards of broken glass.
      • Iron Man runs out of weapons outside of his repulsors and gets swarmed.
      • Captain America is injured from fight after fight and it's pretty obvious that if they had to battle for a couple more minutes, they wouldn't have held out.
      • Hulk himself is being shown overwhelmed by the Chitauri as they focus all their firepower on him and he gets less smash-happy as it goes on and the hits pile up.
      • The only one who doesn't appear to be affected by all the fighting is Thor, who is a god with millenia of combat experience.
    • The Stinger for the movie also shows something that we rarely get to see in anything superhero-y: the exhausted Avengers sitting around the ruins of a shawarma joint, wolfing down food in weary silence.
    • After the big battle when the various screens are showing people's reactions to the Avengers, one screen shows a memorial service being held for those who died in the attack. What, you think no one at all got hurt when the aliens invaded? This becomes one of the driving forces for the main conflict in Captain America: Civil War, as after the events of this film and Avengers: Age of Ultron, governments of other countries want restrictions for the Avengers.
    • The fallout from the invasion starts to be shown in better detail throughout the Netflix shows:
      • Daredevil (2015) shows that Wilson Fisk profited from bid-rigging on reconstruction contracts for damage sustained to Hell's Kitchen.
      • Jessica Jones (2015) shows that some people have developed prejudiced fears of 'gifted' people.
      • Luke Cage (2016) shows that Hammer Industries has used alien metal from the Chitauri to engineer the Judas bullet.
      • Iron Fist (2017) shows that a number of Bakuto's recruits into the Hand were teens who were orphaned in the invasion.

    Phase Two 
  • Iron Man 3:
    • The Mk. 42 armor is Tony's newest suit and contains upgrades from the numerous preceding suits. But being made during his recovery from the battle in New York and after a significant period of poor sleep, it's so buggy that it can hardly function, to the point that the forearm missiles, a standard since the Mk. 1 suit note  won't deploy.
    • Tony openly challenges the Mandarin on live TV with the actual address of his Malibu home. The next scene is him freaking out at home, because he just impulsively challenged a major terrorist. He is caught off-guard when mercenaries show up to kill him when he has guests over, disguised as some of the news copters that were hovering around his home because he challenged a major terrorist.
    • The entire movie is basically Tony coping with the Post-Traumatic-Stress-Disorder he suffered at the end of The Avengers. Tony is the only member of the team who is both of rational mind and not a trained soldier (even Thor has regular combat experience and the Hulk was in a blind green rage monster) and the very real thought of dying from either his life support failing in space and the subsequent thousand-foot drop from the portal mentally taxed him severely. It shows that the average, undisciplined civilian probably won't come out of a life-or-death situation completely unscathed.
    • Tony's superheroing is putting an obvious strain on his relationship, to the point where he has to choose between being Iron Man and putting his life in danger, or quitting to be with Pepper.
    • In the climax, Tony and Rhodes reach the oil tanker where the president is being held. Tony constantly keeps fidgeting around while Rhodes remains composed, a sign of their combat prowess. Tony's fighting experience rests within his suit and, while he has been able to think on his feet during the film, those were times when he had enough time to prepare or catch them off guard. This is a much bigger threat he's walking into without it and he knows he's much more vulnerable and not as skilled on his own. Best exemplified when Tony tries to shoot a spotlight from a distance and misses. When he complains no one can make the shot, Rhodes makes manages it in one hit.
      • From the same scene, Tony runs out of bullets and asks Rhodes for his, only to learn that they aren't universal and have different clips. Tony is forced to find another gun.
  • Captain America: The Winter Soldier:
    • Falcon has been redesigned to sport a pair of goggles, which he would need to protect his eyes while flying. His wings are also larger than they are in the comics, making them closer to the size needed to hold a human aloft, and the backpack sports a small afterburner and a parachute in the event that the wings are damaged — which they are.
      • And as shown in Ant-Man, the goggles have a zoom function, so he can actually see stuff while a thousand feet in the air.
    • When Cap gives his rousing speech about S.H.I.E.L.D. being taken over by Hydra, many of the rank and file are quick to try and back him up. Sadly, they are unfortunately unable to provide much in the way of backup, as they are mostly composed of desk agents, paper-pushers, and regular security guys up against the Insight and STRIKE team agents, who have way more experience and training in violent situations... along with an enhanced assassin with a cybernetic arm. As a consequence, they get slaughtered in droves.
    • And similar to The Avengers example, the film shows that not even being given near-superhuman abilities through the magic of science is enough to let Captain America bounce back from being shot several times and entering into a curbstomp battle with the Winter Soldier, without medical intervention and a stay in the hospital afterwards.
    • Similar to the PTSD Tony Stark goes through in Iron Man 3 (below), Steve is suffering from depression after having been locked in the ice for 70 years.
    • Despite being in great shape and still very good with his jetpack, Falcon hasn't seen action in awhile and is easily beaten by an active special forces agent in a straight up fight once he loses his gear.
    • The Winter Soldier himself tends to walk with a very distinct, unhurried swagger. Then you remember that his left arm is robotic and therefore his left side is far heavier than his right.
    • As badass as Natasha is, when she is shot and captured, she was slowly bleeding out from her wound and would have died if not for Maria Hill helping them escape and find proper medical treatment.
    • Likewise, while Natasha is a skilled spy and assassin and very impressive in her own right, she's very easily outclassed by the Winter Soldier, who like Cap, is a Super Soldier. He manages to come back from just about everything she throws at him, and nearly kills her before Cap intervenes.
    • The same goes for every other non-superhuman character who has the misfortune of getting into a fight with the Winter Soldier. There's a reason he's considered The Dreaded in-universe.
    • Cap's shield is good against bullets, but less so against explosives. Because shockwaves go around the shield and hit Cap directly. It also helps when he doesn't have time to brace properly.
  • Guardians of the Galaxy:
    • Starting a tense action-oriented fight in a busy capital city, with hundreds of civilian bystanders nearby? Then you will all get arrested very quickly by the local Space Police.
    • As Nebula and Ronan the Accuser find out, engaging in Evil Gloating only gives the protagonists enough time to shoot you in the face.
    • Drax the Destroyer finds out it doesn't matter how mad you are about the death of your family, trying to take on the Big Bad alone will result in getting your ass thoroughly kicked if they are significantly more powerful than you, and being significantly drunk at the time doesn't help that revenge any. Not to mention, your allies will quickly get sick of your Revenge Before Reason.
    • For Gamora, it doesn't matter how tough or deadly an assassin you are; if you're stuck alone and weaponless in prison with a mob of pissed off convicts and thoroughly disinterested guards, you will need help to avoid being murdered.
    • Even though the team had their criminal records expunged as a reward for their service, they are still subject to the law and are forbidden from thieving or murdering. To Rocket, the concept of his antisocial tendencies (which often involving both thieving and murdering) being considered somehow ethically wrong is so foreign that Rhomann Dey has to explain it to him.
    • As Peter Quill finds out the hard way, trying to put the moves on an emotionally-distant female assassin is not a good idea, especially with his widespread reputation as a Handsome Lech casting any doubt on his sincerity.
    • As the Collector found out, spending a long time hyping up the powers of the Infinity Stones and the omnipotent powers granted to the holder in full earshot of the slave girl you've horribly mistreated and threatened at every opportunity up to this point, and then leaving it exposed and within her grasp? Real genius, buddy.
  • Avengers: Age of Ultron: It's shown that some other countries are wary of the Avengers and consider them to be tools of American imperialism. This is an easy conclusion to come to given that they are funded by an American billionaire and their leader is a soldier who literally drapes himself in the colors of the American flag.
  • Ant-Man:
    • Scott's criminal record means that he finds it nigh-on impossible to find a steady job, and when he hides it to get a retail gig (that in real life would have given him the job anyway if he came clean with his jail time) and the company finds out, he's fired immediately despite his boss's sympathy.
    • Scott and his divorced wife haven't even discussed custody rights yet, and she refuses to consider the matter unless he can find and hold down that impossible job, to pay off his child-support debt.
    • In the last battle, Cross looks like he's about to be run over by a train set. Since he and Scott retain their full-size strength however, it harmlessly bounces off of him.
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    Phase Three 
  • Captain America: Civil War:
    • A group whose members are friendly with each other and working towards a shared purpose can still fall apart if higher priorities conflict.
    • Even though Bucky regained his memories and is a good guy again, he still killed a lot of people while he was a Brainwashed and Crazy assassin, thus making him a wanted fugitive by the government. Even if they buy that he was Brainwashed and Crazy, the best case scenario is that he'll end up under close scrutiny from now on. This becomes a major Plot Point when we learn that two of those people were Howard and Maria Stark.
    • The Avengers have saved the world numerous times, but many people are growing tired of the amount of collateral damage the heroes leave in their wake, especially since becoming essentially an N.G.O. Superpower following the fall of S.H.I.E.L.D. and the World Security Council.
    • The Russos have said they wanted to provide a more realistic depiction of the Perpetual Poverty Spider-Man and Aunt May often find themselves in. In a sharp departure from the comics and previous movies, it's revealed that the Parkers live in a small apartment rather than a decent-sized house, reflecting what a family living in New York City with only one source of income would likely be able to afford in 2016.
    • Additionally, Spider-Man's Super Senses cause him Sensory Overload. He needs special lenses in his mask just to compensate when in "Spidey Mode". However, he seems able to mute them to function as Peter Parker everyday.
    • Related, but in the comics and the original movie from the Spider-Man Trilogy, Peter created his costume himself despite his lack of resourcesnote  or anything to indicate he's talented at sewing or design. Here, his homemade costume is low-rent and crappy-looking, and he doesn't get his iconic suit until the wealthy Tony Stark provides it for him.
    • As it turns out, spending all your time doing superheroics after you promised to retire really doesn't do wonders for your relationship, as Tony has learned regarding Pepper.
    • Peggy Carter, a veteran of World War II over seventy years ago, is not going to be around long in the 2010s. She dies of Alzheimer's in this film due to her very old age.
    • The falling debris from Sokovia seemed to have fallen harmlessly to the ground below in the film where it was destroyed. Apparently not so, as some of the debris fell on the remainder of the town below, killing Zemo's family among others.
    • In the same vein, when speaking to the Avengers about the Accords, Ross has them view videos from the Battle of New York and the events of Winter Soldier, which showcase people being hit by rubble as the Hulk slams into the side of a building and others being swept into the water of the river that the Helicarriers crashed into. Suddenly that woman who tried to kill Jessica Jones (2015) just for being gifted makes a bit more sense...note .
    • Likewise having someone in charge that has bad beef with one of the heroes isn't going to help matters as we see with Tony and Ross. The latter who barely seems to want to compromise with Tony. Likewise when Ross phones Tony for help when Cap comes to break his friends out. Tony intentionally puts him on hold.
    • Both Cap and Bucky are shown to be significantly heavier than a normal human, as a result of their Super Strength. During Cap and Bucky's fight with the Bundespolizei/UN forces, Bucky bends steel railings just by falling onto them from a three stories above; in a later scene, Cap is able to ground a just-started helicopter by grabbing it.
    • When Scott goes into Giant-Man mode during the fight, he exerts more energy moving his larger body around and is significantly slower. When he goes back to normal, he is completely drained and asks for some orange slices.
    • Even though Bucky is proven not to have been behind the UN bombings, Team Cap is still imprisoned for hampering his arrest and when Steve breaks them out, they become fugitives.
    • When they bring Scott in to join the team (flying him from America to Germany to do so), Scott's jet-lagged to hell and sleeping it off in the back of Clint's van when they meet up with Steve (despite them getting him a coffee).
    • Scarlet Witch's legal status presents problems for the Avengers, as she's not an American citizen, and as Tony points out, the government doesn't just randomly grant visas to walking WMDs.
    • This film and the previous Avengers film show that the Avengers have no secret identities, as being superheroes is essentially their job. This contrasts to many other depictions of superheroes in media, where the concept of full-time superheroes having individual and team adventures and having to maintain a normal life usually leads to some rather puzzling Fridge Logic.
      • On that note, those few heroes that do try to maintain identities don't last long in a modern society of surveillance. As shown when Tony recruits Peter Parker, it's clear that with Tony's tech and resources, he's been well aware of Peter's vigilante activities for months.
  • Doctor Strange (2016):
    • Driving at night while speeding and cutting blind corners in bad weather while talking on a phone is a very good way to get yourself in a car crash.
    • Strange has a reputation for spending money as quickly as he earns it; a few seconds of screentime allows the audience to see his taste for large apartments, fancy cars, and luxury watches. Once his accident prevents him from safely performing surgery, he quickly burns through whatever money he has in a matter of months.
    • Kaecilius and his followers have had years to develop their physical skills as well as their magical ones. Strange... has not. Thus, while his enemies are jumping about all over the place, Strange has to think on his feet and adapt what magic he's learned in order to fight them off. Strange also has no actual combat experience, so he relies on trickery: he teleports one away, has the other tangled up in the Cloak of Levitation and locks Kaecilius up in a magical trap. The one zealot he does take on toe-to-toe he fights in the astral plane, where physical prowess is unimportant and he has some experience in due to using it to triple shift and study while he sleeps.
    • Wrecked hands means Strange can't shave like he used to, and has difficulty with various other mundane tasks. Similarly, when he tries to punch a mugger after he arrives in Nepal, he is overcome by the pain and essentially helpless until Mordo rescues him.
    • Strange doesn't trust Kaecilius since he is Obviously Evil and killed a man in front of him. Even as his arguments resonate with Strange, the charred face is a dead giveaway that his path leads to evil.
    • Even after Strange sincerely apologizes for his past behaviour and she helps to save his life, there's just too much hurt in their past relationship for Christine to get back together with him.
    • Averted in one instance: Strange gets stabbed in the chest (and technically dies) and then goes on his wacky Mirror-Dimension obstacle course run about eight seconds after the stitches are put in.
    • Similarly, when Strange is injured and flees to his old hospital, he claims he found a small group in the East who taught him the true nature of reality. Christine says that sounds like a cult. Even thought she saw his astral form minutes prior, the group could still be a cult that happens to have actual magic, or which stumbled across some kind of alien gear or super-tech.
    • Strange, who is a doctor by training, is forced to kill one of the zealots in self defense and is visibly shaken at taking a life. When the Ancient One offers him a promotion to Master of the Sanctum he is furious at essentially being rewarded for killing someone.
    • At the end of the film, Strange is not yet Sorcerer Supreme, only Master of the NY Sanctum. Yes, he's a mystical prodigy, and yes, he saved the world from Dormammu, but he's also the least experienced Master in the order, and the Ancient One has been in charge for centuries. There probably isn't a system in place to replace her, and even if there was, everyone isn't going to just immediately agree to put Strange in charge.
  • Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2:
    • How have the Guardians been spending their time since becoming heroes of the galaxy in the last film? By becoming heroes for hire at exorbitant prices.
    • The monster's skin is too tough to cut? Well, don't try to cut it from the inside — it's still just as tough, you're just stabbing it from a different angle.note  Gamora immediately realizes this, and tries to stop Drax. Even Quill is perfectly aware of how bad this plan is.
    • The Guardians try to escape from the Sovereign ships by going through a dangerous asteroid field, which destroys all of their pursuers. However, when they come out the other side, it turns out the main body of the Sovereign force just went around the asteroid field to wait for them, and the ones who chased them in that asteroid field were just the showoffs (who weren't piloting the ships themselves anyway).
    • The Guardians' exploits have made them famous, which is how Ego is able to track Peter down in the first place.
    • Trafficking children when you're part of a group whose code specifically prohibits that leads to you getting kicked out of said group and them not talking to you, no matter how close you were before.
    • When Ego (Peter's Dad) reveals that he intentionally gave Peter's Mom brain cancer to kill her, Peter immediately opens fire on him, not caring that Ego says he feels bad about what he did, and for the rest of the movie Peter has no problem with killing him or beating the shit out of him. Admitting that you were directly responsible for the most traumatic event in a person's life tends to destroy any goodwill you've earned.
    • Played for Laughs at one point. The Guardians, including Nebula and Yondu, are having a badass pose in a place that contains flying, fiery debris. After the movie slows down to detail this, one of the pieces of debris hits Mantis suddenly.
    • Drax and Mantis, despite both looking relatively attractive to human eyes, have wildly different standards of beauty and while they get along very well, physically repulse one another.
    • Peter naturally doesn't want to get to know Ego at first, because even though he's always wanted a father, he quite naturally resents his Dad for abandoning him and his Mom before he was even born. Plus you don't just instantly trust someone you've just met, especially if they're claiming to be the parent of someone in their thirties.
    • If you insist on something one day and then insist on something completely opposite the next, the person you're telling this to is just going to argue, then stop listening to you, as Gamora finds out in her chats with Peter.
    • If you never tell your adopted son that you were kidding when you threatened to eat him, he's probably gonna grow up believing you, and it might have a negative impact on your relationship.
    • While Rocket's inability to understand that stealing is wrong is Played for Laughs at the end of the first Guardians of the Galaxy, this causes huge problems for the team when he steals the Sovereign's Anulax Batteries and kicks off one of the minor conflicts of the film between the Sovereign and the Guardians.
    • Ego, a galaxy-wide playboy genuinely falls in love with one of his conquests and makes him rethink his plan of eradicating all life in the universe and replacing it with himself. So Love Redeems him, right? Nah, he just plants a tumor in her brain and goes on with his plan. Just because someone as old and powerful as him has felt love for the first time, that doesn't necessarily mean he'll change his ways and become a better person.
    • Yondu runs a rough crew who are Only in It for the Money. So after passing up one too many potential bounties out of affection for his adoptive son, his crew sees this as a sign of him going soft and mutinies.
  • Spider-Man: Homecoming:
    • The sheer scale of the Incident, plus the Dark Elves' arrival, Hydra's takeover attempt and Ultron's attacks means that despite the best efforts of governments and heroes to restrict and contain it, alien technology is slowly spreading through society, especially among criminals looking for an edge. This is the films' way of touching on a topic that had already been brought up in Luke Cage (2016) with Diamondback and his Judas bullets crafted from alien metals.
    • Likewise due to their scale, even years later, the cleanup from some of these disasters is still ongoing.
    • Something Tony has realized: when you bring a child into a war with adults, that child is likely to suffer serious injuries and has to leave the fight early. While Peter doesn't regret the airport battle from the previous movie, Tony does, and wants to make sure he doesn't endanger Peter again.
    • While Peter fared very well during the airport battle in Civil War, it was partly because he was fighting against heroes who were actively trying to not seriously harm each other or cause too much collateral damage. Adrian Toomes on the other hand has no such qualms and during their first fight he finds himself overwhelmed and it results in a ferry getting destroyed. Peter's lucky that no one died. Tony points this out, saying that if Captain America actually wanted to beat Peter to a pulp during the battle, he could've done so easily.
    • When Peter patrols the city looking for crimes to foil, the only thing he can find is a bicycle theft. He also ends up mistaking a car owner for a car thief and giving directions to lost tourists. This is far more realistic for today than in the comics, where Spider-Man (or any superhero, for that matter) tends to run right into a burglary, mugging, etc. every single night as the stories were influenced by the late '60s to early '90s period when New York City was known for having much higher crime rates. Nowadays, aside from the Incident-damaged Hell's Kitchen, New York City has been cleaned up and the low-key community aid with some crime-busting mixed in is Reality Ensues for the modern age.
    • Peter leaves a backpack with his civilian clothes in an alley (as he does in the comics and previous adaptations), and by the time he gets back, they're gone. This happened to him five times. (The most recent time, the dumpster he stuck his backpack to was hauled away.) He hasn't figured out that he should leave them someplace high and out of reach, like his predecessors.
    • Similar to Daredevil (2015), we see the consequences of a superhero trying to live with a secret identity. Since Peter and Aunt May live in an apartment, she quickly realizes that he sneaks out every night. This, coupled with him constantly getting into trouble for doing things like skipping detention or disappearing during field trips, makes May very worried and suspicious. The final shot of the movie is May walking in on Peter while he's wearing his suit.
    • Peter goes to a party in the suburbs. Duty calls, and he leaps into action... but he has trouble finding buildings to swing from... because this is Queens, where the only high-rises are near the East River. This causes him to jog towards his destination instead (pictured).
    • Getting dragged through the street while holding onto webbing attached to a truck will cause pain. For example, Peter scrapes his butt. Downplayed in that he suffers a lot less damage than he should, on account of his advanced suit (which doesn't rip off at all) and his Super Toughness (he shrugs off being slammed into brick walls...).
    • Peter escapes from the Vulture by activating the parachute that's built into his suit. But since he's not remotely in the proper skydiving position, it tangles him up on the way down, he hits a lake, and nearly drowns. Luckily, Tony built the suit with a tracking device and rescues him.
    • When Adrian Toomes hears Peter Parker's voice as well as his daughter talk about the decathlon meetings Peter has missed as well as the Stark internship, he immediately realizes that Peter is Spider-Man.
    • During the climax when he has to operate without Karen or Happy to guide him, Peter has Ned act as Mission Control in the school computer lab by doing things like tracking Peter's phone and looking up information about Flash's car online. Whenever Peter asks for Ned to look something up, Ned does so... and has to wait a few seconds for the internet to load before he can give Peter the answer or move to another computer to complete the task on another screen, much to Peter's annoyance.
    • In the same scene, Peter is driving a car he's unfamiliar with at night, and Ned has to take a break from tracking the phone to find out how to turn the headlights on.
    • After being trapped under a bunch of rubble, Peter panics and begins frantically screaming for help. He may have superpowers, but a near-death experience is logically gonna cause an inexperienced teenager to lose their composure and freak out.
    • Liz is understandably upset when she finds out that her father is a criminal. Not only that, her mother has also decided that they should move away. She's also upset with Peter for running from the dance, unaware that he was trying to stop the Vulture, so he doesn't get together with her after all.
    • The Captain America PSAs videos show bureaucratic inertia in action. As the coach points out, he's "pretty sure this guy's a war criminal now but... whatever. I have to show these videos, it's required by the state."note 
    • Happy Hogan can barely even pretend to care about his job of supervising a very intelligent and enthusiastic teenager with superpowers. The first chance Peter gets, he gives Happy the slip and just as quickly gets in real trouble. Babysitting a superhero is not a job you slack off with, even if it means dealing with a kid. The film shows both Tony and Happy are paying some attention, just not enough.
  • Thor: Ragnarok:
    • In the case of Valkyrie, chugging alcohol while making a grand entrance definitely makes you look like a badass, but being drunk severely hinders one's ability to finish that grand entrance, as she proves by tumbling off the ship's ramp before she even gets close to the bottom. Subverted, however, when she recovers and soundly wipes the floor with all the mooks who have ambushed Thor.
    • In Thor: The Dark World, Loki had finally accomplished his goal of claiming the throne of Asgard for himself. By the events of this movie, however, he has become a rather lax ruler due to spending his entire life as the Black Sheep of Asgardian society in general and of the Royal Family in particular, and therefore never gaining the training or experience to actually rule the realm. Furthermore, Loki has had to keep up his charade as Odin, with whom Loki has always had a frosty relationship. These factors indirectly cause Hela's escape from her imprisonment, setting in motion the events of Ragnarok. There's also the fact that Odin was protecting Asgard from more threats than anyone knew about (which included Hela), none of which Loki knew about.
    • While disguised, Loki might look and sound like Odin, but he acts and speaks like Loki. As well as having metaphorical and literal monuments to his ego made. Thor is easily able to see through the disguise almost instantly upon being reuniting with 'Odin' again, and when the disguise is blown no one is surprised to find 'Odin' was really Loki.
    • Thor and Jane break up between the events of The Dark World and Ragnarok. Evidently, being an Asgardian prince and an Avenger makes it difficult to keep a long-distance relationship alive.
    • Banner suggests he disguise himself to avoid being noticed by the Grandmaster's henchmen. Thor points out that he needs none since nobody on Sakaar has ever seen Banner or knows that he's the Hulk. Even Valkyrie, who's good pals with Big Green, only gets an odd feeling they've met before.
    • Banner starts to have a quite justifiable Freak Out as he realizes that not only is there a 2 year gap in his memory but he's now on an alien planet.
    • Thor tosses a weighted training ball at a window to break it at a dramatically appropriate time. It's a window high up in a skyscraper, on a planet with lots of flying cars and aircraft, so it's armored. The ball just dents the window, bounces off it, and hits Thor in the head. He has to jump through it himself to finish breaking it.
    • When Thor is hanging on a chain before Surtur, the chain does not stay still, so Thor keeps asking Surtur to pause his villainous monologue until Thor spins around to face him again.
    • Skurge expects Thor to remember him because they were both fighting on the same side at Vanaheim. Even though Thor is a Nice Guy and Nice to the Waiter, that is about as likely as William the Conqueror having known the name of one random foot soldier who fought under him at the Battle of Hastings.
    • Even a Master of the Mystic Arts like Doctor Strange has a hard time contacting Thor while the latter was searching for the Infinity Stones in the vastness of the cosmos without something like a phone or access to "electronic mail".
    • It turns out that Loki put Odin in a senior citizen home after taking the throne of Asgard. When Loki brings Thor to him, they find that the home was demolished and Odin nowhere to be seen. You can't exactly banish someone and expect him to be in the same place if you don't keep constant tabs on them.
    • As a result of being forced NOT to transform into Banner for two years due to being kept as a gladiator on Sakaar, the Hulk has managed to expand his vocabulary (well, somewhat). Doubles as a Mythology Gag to how recent versions of the Hulk have matured due to spending too much time as Hulk, to the extent that he can speak better and Mode Lock Banner into submission.
    • When Loki attempts to betray Thor to claim the reward for his capture set out by the Grandmaster, Thor saw it coming and takes him out. You can only fool someone with tricks and illusions a certain number of times before they eventually catch on. Thor even notes that it has become predictable with Loki.
    • It turns out that Asgard's dominion over the nine realms was established the way most empires are: through bloody conquest which was covered up with historical revisionism.
    • Despite managing to summon thunder on his own without Mjolnir in his final fight with Hela, she's still too strong for Thor. Even though he's a tough warrior, she's had much more experience with her power.
  • Black Panther:
    • The rise of superheroes in the MCU has brought an end to Wakanda's centuries-old isolation and secrecy. Part of this has to do with how the "Sokovia Incident" from Age of Ultron involved stolen vibranium, Wakanda's prized metal, and the bombings of Lagos and the UN conference in Civil War — 11 relief aid workers from Wakanda perished in the former, and King T'Chaka was killed in the latter.
    • Shuri, as a royal Teen Genius, is given a large degree of importance in Wakanda's technological development despite her irreverent attitude. Hardcore traditionalists like M'Baku are disgusted with how their nation is depending heavily on a disrespectful child for advancement.
    • The Wakandan tradition of allowing royals and tribal representatives to fight for the throne is shown to be a very bad idea thanks to the existence of Killmonger, a man who is as poorly unsuited to being king as he is good at killing people. His finagling his way into a duel for the throne lets him legally take over the nation in a matter of hours.
    • Killmonger is met with a lot of hesitance and resistance from the Wakandan people after he grabs power and informs them of his plan. When he sends word to all of the Wakandans abroad to prepare to take up arms, the only ones who are willing to do so are the groups in London, New York, and Hong Kong, and they are spies and not warriors.
    • T'Challa returning to "resume" his duel with Killmonger for the throne via a Loophole Abuse built on Exact Words doesn't result in a climatic duel between the two of them. All the justification really does is give his To Be Lawful or Good supporters a technicality that lets them side with him without having to compromise their loyalty to the throne. Killmonger's own supporters aren't swayed and they attack T'Challa almost immediately.
  • Avengers: Infinity War:
    • Hulk's general approach to fighting is to flail his strength around until his (usually) far weaker opponent is defeated. He rarely fights anyone near his level of physical strength, the only possible exceptions being Thor and The Abomination, both of whom nearly best him. As such, when he and Thanos throwdown, it doesn't go well for him. Not only is Thanos stronger than Hulk, but he's also much more adept at using finesse in combat; he evades his attacks with ease and hits back with clean boxing combos and precision blows to his vitals while maintaining proper posture and poise throughout — all of which ensures their battle barely lasts a minute as the disciplined, smart-fighting brawler kicks the ass of the flailing, unwieldy bruiser seven ways to Sunday.
    • This comes up again when Banner fights Cull Obsidian in the Hulk Buster armor. While the suit matches Cull's size and strength there is still a huge difference in skill. Banner puts up a good fight but is outmatched, and would have lost had he not found another means of dispatching his opponent.
    • In Ragnarok, Thor said Loki's Chronic Backstabbing Disorder was becoming predictable. Sure enough, Thanos easily sees Loki's attempted frontstab coming. Ironically, if Loki had just given Thanos the Space Stone and asked to be left to die with his brother, Thanos might've complied.
    • Even though the ending of Captain America: Civil War teased the possibility of the Avengers reuniting for this movie, Tony and Cap are still not on good terms because Steve did not tell Tony about HYDRA killing his parents for years. Fortunately, Bruce Banner, who was not present for those events and knows exactly how much of a threat Thanos is, is able to convince him to call Steve for help — and when Tony is distracted from making the call by Thanos' forces attacking New York, he ultimately makes the call himself with no hesitation.
    • Related to this, as Steve no longer has S.H.I.E.L.D. or the Avengers, he therefore no longer has the resources to supply him a new costume. In addition, Steve is on the run from the United States government. As a result, Steve is wearing the same costume from Captain America: Civil War, albeit with the American star and the Avengers' "A" removednote  and some serious wear-and-tear.
    • As Thanos takes a much more active role in hunting the Infinity Stones, he ditches his imposing armor in favor of a more practical, sleeveless costume. Apparently, Bling of War can be Awesome, but Impractical when you do your own bidding after getting fed up of having your minions fail you.
    • When the Avengers and Guardians of the Galaxy first meet on Titan they instantly get into a fight. Since neither side knows the other, they logically assume they are dealing with Thanos' forces; who else would be there except for Thanos or his men? It's only once they introduce themselves that they all learn they are on the same side, and that's only because they all know Thor. Also, they're two heroic teams with their own leadership, so when they agree to team up against Thanos there's a bit of a debate over who gets to be in charge of the battle strategy.
    • Talking Is a Free Action is frequently and constantly averted. Every time someone attempts to have a conversation in the middle of a fight scene, it is either a few words or they get cut off mid-sentence by an attack.
    • As Peter latches onto the ascending spaceship, he begins to asphyxiate from the thinning atmosphere. Only the new spider-suit Tony provides him saves him from dying in space.
      • He also removes the mask when he starts having trouble breathing. While not the best thing to do as it is giving him some protection from the cold atmosphere, his instincts (and possibly hypoxia) told him to unblock his mouth.
    • While it was an awesome plan to beat Ebony Maw and save Doctor Strange, shooting a hole in the spaceship was also a double-edged sword — The Continuous Decompression that got rid of Ebony Maw doesn't discriminate between friend or foe. As such, Doctor Strange also gets sucked by the vacuum, and if it wasn't for Peter's and Tony's quick thinking he would have also suffered the Maw's fate.
      • The plan itself is also an example. Ebony Maw is powerful, but his powers don't protect him from the vacuum of space.
    • A tragic example is demonstrated as no matter how much Gamora wants Thanos dead for all that he has done and is attempting to do, she still cares about him, even though he was a horrible father to her. This is Truth in Television, as abused children may sometimes still care about those who both raised and tormented them. As such when she kills an illusion of him on Knowhere, she starts inconsolably sobbing and falls to her knees in mourning.
      • And in a twisted way, Thanos returns the favor. Despite Gamora saying she always hated every aspect of her life he was involved in and assuming his general Lack of Empathy meant he didn't really care about her, he does try to repair their fractious relationship and as it turns out, did genuinely love her enough for the Soul Stone to accept her as his sacrifice. Like many real-life Abusive Parents he genuinely doesn't realise the full-effects of what he did.
    • The hopelessly one-sided Curb-Stomp Battle that Thanos administered to the remaining defenders in Wakanda. Without the team's heavy hitters who could also withstand reality-bending powers (at least temporarily) like Iron Man, Hulk, Doctor Strange, and Thor nearby, the remaining team is completely at the mercy of Thanos, who at this time possessed five out of six Infinity Stones that can almost bend reality at will.
    • Captain America and Thanos get into Brawler Lock as seen in the second trailer. Thanos just punches Cap with his free hand.
    • When half the population of the universe is wiped out at random, Plot Armor will not be in play to conveniently kill off minor characters and extras while leaving most "main characters" alive. When Thanos succeeds in doing this with his Badass Fingersnap, we see a whopping twelve major good guys killed off from it—yes, even those confirmed to return for sequels—and by contrast only explicitly see ten of them survive it.
    • Spider-Man's death, considered by many to be the most heartbreaking moment in the entire film. As genuinely courageous as he may be, Peter is still a teenage kid and as such he is terrified and hysterically crying once he starts being erased from existence.
    • As people on Earth get turned to ash and disappear, any vehicle they were driving loses control and crashes. In addition to the billions killed by The Snap, there's no telling how many millions more died in the immediate aftermath.
    • Both times a character tries to Mercy Kill the one they love to stop Thanos from getting his goal, they hesitate long enough for Thanos to swoop in and get what he wants. In reality, performing a Mercy Kill on someone you love is something most people would never have the emotional strength to do, so it's only natural they would freeze up when asked to do something so harmful to the one they love.
    • The effectiveness of the Sokovia Accords is demonstrated in the aftermath of the New York attack. While Rhodes is trying to mobilize the Avengers, he is instead stuck arguing with the UN dragging their feet on a conference call. When Steve, Natasha, Sam, and Wanda arrive at Avengers HQ, Secretary Ross immediately orders their arrest, even though they're the only ones available to help. Rhodes promptly ignores him.
    • Thor arrives at the battle for Wakanda in a dramatic Big Damn Heroes moment. Since he arrives in the middle of a battle, he has no chance to get a communicator that will let him stay in contact with the rest of the heroes. With the chaos of a war going on and no direct line to the others, he naturally misses Captain America's radioed call for the team to assemble to fight off the arriving Thanos.
    • A recurring theme in the movie is that it's much easier to say "The needs of many outweigh the wants of one" than it is to follow through. Ironically, Thanos himself seems to believe he's the only one in the universe who actually can follow through, and does so...but it's pointedly shown to be a sign of his delusion and psychopathy rather than any kind of heroism.
  • Ant-Man and the Wasp:
    • By helping Captain America during Civil War Scott made himself a criminal all over again, and was forced to take a plea deal to get out of prison and be with his family. Even after this he has been under house arrest for two years.
    • By revealing Hank's shrinking technology to the world and using it to aid a fugitive, Scott got Hank and Hope pinned as accomplices for supplying him with the suit. Forcing them to go on the run to keep their technology out of the wrong hands. They are understandably upset with Scott, and only contact him to get his help out of necessity.
    • Scott and his friends have a tough time landing work due to being ex-convicts, and are struggling to get their security consulting business off the ground. While being interrogated Luis reveals that they'll go out of business if they cannot land their next job.
    • Hank warns Scott that the new suit is not properly tested and could malfunction when he gives it to him. Sure enough its regulator short circuits multiple times, causing him to lose control of his size.
    • While Scott's electrical engineering skills and familiarity with the old suit allowed him to work on its systems - it was based on decades-old tech - the new suit is far different, and at the cutting edge. Hope, who worked on it with her father, has to fix it for him.
    • Scott (accidentally) becomes Giant-Man once again during the climatic chase due to his malfunctioning suit. However, while it does allow him to retrieve the stolen lab, his size is too large for his body to properly sustain him, and the Square-Cube Law hinders him from getting from the bay to dry land in time, so he ends up passing out and falling into the water, and Hope has to fix his suit before oxygen deprivation kills him.
  • Captain Marvel
    • If you start shooting high-energy blasts inside a starship, it will compromise the ship’s structural integrity.
    • Carol punches the Skrull disguised as an old lady on the train, and the passengers try to stop her and allowing the "old lady" to escape, even if she is displaying martial skills and strength unnatural for her age. As far as everyone else know, Carol is punching a harmless old lady completely unprovoked. This would definitely not sit well with anyone, and so they attack Carol to stop her from harming the "old lady".
    • Fury asks Carol to prove she isn't a Skrull, so she demonstrates an ability that Skrulls cannot perform. Considering Fury has no experience with Kree or Skrulls and thus has no knowledge of what their actual abilities are, this doesn't actually prove anything at all, and he points this out to her.
    • At the Nevada base, Carol and Fury are detained when the former asked about Project Pegasus. The military will of course be suspicious of anyone asking about a top secret military project that was scrapped years ago.
    • Played for Laughs when Maria threatens to shove her boot "where it's not supposed to be", and the attempt at intimidating Talos fails completely because he's not familiar with the expression and doesn't get the exact meaning of her words.
      Talos: Am I just supposed to guess where that is?
      Maria, Fury, and Carol: Your ass!
    • The appearance of the Tesseract in Mar-Vell's ship in Earth's orbit may seem odd, since its earliest appearance was in The First Avenger, which shows it was last seen in Howard Stark's possession, and its then-next chronological appearance was in The Stinger of Thor, which shows it was under S.H.I.E.L.D.'s possession. But there is a huge time gap, approximately 70 years, between these two films. You didn't really think the authorities would keep the thing untouched for such a long time period, did you?
    • When Carol's rising power causes energy fluctuations on Mar-Vell's ship, Fury and Maria's powered restraints deactivate and fall off, and the two of them proceed to make a surprise attack on their Kree guards. Unfortunately, an average Kree is much stronger than an average human, and Fury and Maria get the worse of the fight until Carol finds them and defeats the guards for them.
    • In the end, when Yon-Rogg tells Carol to prove to him that she is ready to take him down hand to hand without her powers, Carol just blasts him, saying she has nothing to prove to him. Not only is it the most effective way to take him down, but she has no reason to want any final test with her former mentor, much less his way, by his rules.
  • Avengers: Endgame:
    • It's been pointed out by many sources online after the release of the previous film that Thanos' idea of Population Control, for all his talk of "paradise" coming to the planets he's culled, is complete nonsense from an economical and sociological standpoint. This film takes that into account with extreme accuracy, showing that on Post-Snap Earth, while the water might be cleaner and little conflict existing over water, the streets are clogged with trash due to the loss of sanitation workers, the economy has quite literally been cut in half, and the survivors have been devastated by grief to the sheer psychological impact of four billion people disappearing literally overnight for no reason anyone but the Avengers understands. In short:
      • Clint has become a vigilante after losing his entire family to the snap and is suicidal as Natasha finds out the hard way when they are hunting for the Soul Stone.
      • Tony has decided to give up and focus more time with Pepper and their toddler daughter in the Time Skip.
      • Steve has been keeping a positive front for the survivors and has been doing his best to maintain morale for the rest of the team.
      • Nebula, Rocket, Okoye, and Rhodes have been spread out across the planet to help maintain order to the best of their abilities while Natasha holds down the fort.
      • Thor ends up ruling over New Asgard - which is just a small fishing town with the few surviving Asgardians - but has gained a great deal of weight and become an alcoholic, due to blaming himself for not stopping Thanos in time.
      • Bruce has fully embraced the Hulk and they become one after everything that's happened, taking the time to stop considering the Hulk as something to be cured. When he is seen again, Bruce is much happier and calmer, with plenty of young fans.
      • Scott, aka Ant-Man, has only just learned about the Post-Snap world due to circumstances leaving him in another dimension and had been labeled missing in that time frame. As a result, he misses five whole years of his daughter's life, who believed he was dead all this time.
    • After Tony and Nebula are rescued from almost starving to death in outer space, Tony has lost a lot of weight and is nearly delirious. At a dramatic moment, he rips out his IV, gives an angry speech, and promptly collapses because he is in no shape to be doing anything.
    • While on a Doylist level, Captain Marvel stays away from earth due to the sheer scope of her abilities, she also points out that there are thousands of planets all over the universe dealing with the aftermath of the Snap. As the hero best suited to space, Carol has to help those worlds recover as well.
    • While he ultimately won, in the previous film, the Avengers came very close to stopping Thanos when he was at the height of his power, was in the best shape of his life, and had all six Infinity Stones. In Endgame, Thanos has been badly injured by the strain of using the Infinity Stones (and the energy explosion released when he destroyed them), suffering third-degree burns on his face and the entire left side of his body, not to mention seemingly losing the use of his left arm and hand, which is further hampered by having the cumbersome Infinity Gauntlet still fused to it. Furthermore, even if he wasn't crippled, he doesn't have the Stones to fall back on for power, and is out of practice because he's done nothing more dangerous than farming crops for weeks. When the six original Avengers, plus Captain Marvel, Nebula, Rocket, and War Machine, all of whom are angrier than they've ever been, track him down to his farm while he's unarmed and unprepared, there's no last-minute escape for him this time. Thanos doesn't just get beaten by the Avengers, he gets butchered.
      • And Thor immediately slays him, obviously not wanting to hesitate to kill.
    • When Rocket and Hulk travel to New Asgard, they travel by a pick-up truck, as it is the only mode of land-based transportation that can (albeit barely) support the Hulk's size. Both Reality AND Hilarity ensue, as the Hulk's weight causes the truck's trunk to strain. In fact, there are clearly sparks coming from the undercarriage.
    • It also applies a retroactive one to Guardians of the Galaxy. In Guardians, Peter Quill's Establishing Character Moment has him singing and dancing along to "Come and Get Your Love" on his Walkman as he treks across the alien landscape. When a time-traveling Nebula and War Machine go back to this moment, they see Quill from a distance, but since the song is playing on his Walkman and he's wearing the space equivalent of headphones, they just see some goofus singing off-key to himself and kicking around small animals.
    • Zigzagged when it comes to Time travel. Which, despite being purely fictitious, plays by different rules in-universe. As Professor Hulk explains to Ant-Man and War Machine, it does not work at all like it does in movies like Back to the Future. Altering events in the past has no effect on the present as they know it, but instead creates divergent timelines where things transpired differently. They cannot prevent Thanos' victory, only borrow the Infinity Stones from different points in time and use them to undo the deaths he already caused. The Stones must then be returned to their original locations in order to avoid dooming the alternate timelines they created.
    • Since none of the Avengers know much about Doctor Strange, they are unaware that he was not yet a sorcerer or in possession of the Time Stone during Loki's attack on New York. If the Ancient One hadn't been at the Sanctum for the time-traveling Professor Hulk to run into, they would never have gotten it.
    • The Infinity Stones put an enormous strain on anyone using them, due to all of the raw power they contain. While Professor Hulk is able to survive it thanks to his superhuman physiology, Tony dies shortly after using them to erase Thanos and his armies.
    • Valkyrie goes over the actual logistics of New Asgard and generally does much more for the people than Thor, who's become a miserable recluse since the death of Thanos. As Thor realizes, his well-documented streak of high emotionality keeps him from being the king his people need. When Thor abdicates at the end, Valkyrie is the most logical choice for the Asgardians' next leader.
    • Thor has a panic attack after seeing his mother when he and Rocket go back in time to grab the Reality Stone. Knowing that she is going to die, but being unable to do anything about it. Even with the Get a Hold of Yourself, Man! response from Rocket, Thor ends up wandering away in search of some strong drink while Rocket continues their mission. Thor gets a bit better after having one last conversation with his mother.
    • While the Pym Particles are instrumental to the entire plot of the film, they are effectively a non-renewable resource since the only man who knows how to make more is dust in the wind. As a result, Scott is adamant about rationing their use and the Avengers only get one test run of their Pym/Stark time machine before they have to use it for the mission proper.
    • When Bruce, Scott, Steve and Tony travel back to the Battle of New York and the latter three head into the Avengers Tower, it's shown that the immediate aftermath of the battle and capturing Loki involved a lot of bureaucracy, specifically 2012 Tony and Thor having to argue about the jurisdiction of who gets to take Loki with Alexander Pierce, a S.H.I.E.L.D. team taking Loki's Sceptre to make sure it isn't taken, and Hawkeye and Black Widow needing to stay behind in Stark Tower because they are too exhausted from the battle to go anywhere.
    • When Tony was dying after doing the Snap, Pepper ensures him that everything will be okay and that he can rest now, something that is expected from her snarky and calm personality. But when he finally died, she is wrecked by grief and immediately starts crying. Turns out seeing the man you love dying in front of you is incredibly traumatic no matter your personality or how much of a brave face you put on.
    • In the final battle, Peter uses his suit's "Instant Kill Mode" to take care of the aliens that are swamping him left and right. Not long after, the bodies begin to pile up so much that Peter has to call out for help.
  • Spider-Man: Far From Home:
    • At one point in the trailer, Spider-Man and MJ go swinging around the city. She's terrified and is holding onto him for dear life, not romantic intimacy.
    MJ: (after landing) Yeah, never, never doing that again. I'm never doing that again.

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