We’re counting down the days until Avengers: Infinity War and using the time to reflect on the Marvel Cinematic Universe. The MCU has been an incredible staple to pop culture for 10 years and it’s been an emotional journey for everyone involved.
The heroes on tv use their impact both on and off screen and they’ve become incredibly important to fans everywhere.
Part of that importance comes from lessons we’ve learned watching the movies about our favorite heroes. So we decided to take a look at 15 of the best ones.
15. Do what’s right, even if you must do it alone
Some of the hardest choices in life are made harder by seemingly appearing only when you feel most alone. Whether you’re truly alone or not, if a choice is presented to you, always do the right thing. It’s a testament that Steve Rogers lives by, it’s at the heart of any real hero.
14. One thing can look very different depending on where you’re standing
A picture you’re looking at can seem very different to someone looking it at from another angle. It brings to light the importance of having a team beside you. Put yourself in another’s shoes, see it from a different perspective. You may end up solving problems faster.
13. It’s okay to be angry
No one likes being angry, but it’s going to happen, and it’s okay. You can get mad, get upset, feel that emotion, then use it. You’re going to be wrong – more than once in your life – and that’s okay too, as long as you learn from it to be better.
12. Find your strengths and use them
We’re not all cut from the same cloth but that doesn’t mean that we don’t all have our own strengths. No matter what it is that you’re good at, embrace it. Your strength can only be cultivated if you’re willing to believe in yourself and use it.
11. Vengeance only breeds darkness
During Captain America: Civil War, T’Challa had a defining moment where he realized that vengeance was taking over everyone around him. It was destroying them and he refused to fall victim to it, too. Revenge might sound sweet, but the best response is never to fight fire with fire.
10. It’s necessary to be inclusive
When we saw Black Panther, we saw what the difference in circumstance can truly cause. While in Wakanda T’Challa had a chance, Erik was left without one. The film centered around the need for Wakanda’s inclusiveness. It’s at the heart of change.
9. It’s important to find someone who grounds you
When Bucky Barnes was under mind control, there was one person who brought out a sliver of humanity left within him. He didn’t know how, or why, not in the full capacity. However, there was hope.
8. It’s what’s in your heart that matters most
You could have all the money in the world. All the gadgets. All the riches. What matters most is what’s in your heart. What matters most is what you love and live for.
7. Teamwork makes the dream work
It goes without saying that being part of a team, especially when facing evil, always helps. We’re all counting down the days until a film about the biggest team taking on the biggest evil. You can choose to face your battles alone, but you don’t have to.
6. Strength isn’t always synonymous with size
As we’ve seen before and we’ll find out again. Strength does not mean being massive in size. Sometimes it’s an Ant-Man that saves the day. Other times, it’s the hulk. Strength comes from the inside first. You have to believe it’s there. Then cultivate it.
5. You are capable of more than you think
You are your own worst enemy. As Doctor Strange learned, you are full of the power to be so much more than you are. You have to channel it and nurture it and most of all, believe in it.
4. It’s never okay to be a bully
Steve Rogers hates bullies, it doesn’t matter where they’re from. There’s really not a lot to elaborate on. Even if it seems like being a bully is the only way to get back at one or that being a bully first keeps you safe, it’s not true. Kindness may end up with you feeling a little more pain, but it also means you’ll feel more love.
3. There IS a grey area
Taking us back to Civil War, we remember the Accords and how the thought of what’s right divided the Avengers. Both Tony and Steve, and those who sided with each, thought they were doing the right thing. Sometimes, it’s not as clear as a right or a wrong answer. Sometimes, there’s an area where there can be both. If you remember that, any battle you face will be easier. Sometimes, it eleminates the battle altogether.
2. Don’t let fear win
It’s easy to let fear stop you. It’s probably the easiest thing in the world, but there’s nothing heroic in that. It can be the hardest thing in the world, to just keep trying beyond the wall of fear, but it’s possible. If you let fear win, you’ll never know what’s right on the other side of it.
1. Never stop believing in heroes
So there may not be superheroes that fly around with capes or have superhuman abilities, but there are heroes around us every day. There are people who love and live with the best of intentions. There are people who see the light and follow it, even if it takes them through darkness. There are people who want the world to be good and do whatever they can to make it so.
Those are the heroes we can believe in, and the traits we’ve listed above – and more – are the reasons we won’t ever stop.
What lessons have you learned from the MCU? Let us know.
Avengers: Infinity War hits theaters on April 27th.