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Here’s Why Actually Living Inside the MCU Would Be a Terrifying Nightmare



Loki's kneel scene with a crowd of regular people in The Avengers

When watching movies in the MCU, they always highlight the heroes and what they are doing to help fight against whoever the villain is for that movie. Of course, that’s what any movie would do — focus on the main characters and their plot, only skimming over anything else that isn’t as relevant. However, one thing the MCU does include is a look into how some heroes actually affect everyone else living in the world. It’s what brings something like the Sokovia Accords in Captain America: Civil War to light. The plot is affected by these accords, which are an attempt to control the heroes and stop them from doing whatever they want when they want.

One thing these movies don’t touch on as often, though, is how the actual lives of everyone living in the MCU are affected. Those who aren’t heroes and are trying to live normal lives like any of us have a lot of struggles to deal with from day to day, especially if they live in a big city. They might be there to serve a purpose and show the hero rescuing someone, like in Black Panther

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where T’Challa helps rescue a group of women and sends them back to their homes, but the actual struggles they would have to deal with are rarely touched. Everyone wants to be a superhero, but it seems actually pretty horrible to live in a world with them.

Collateral damage costs and civilian deaths are, perhaps, one of the most highly contested topics in the MCU. Sure, the Avengers manage to save New York from the Chitauri invasion in The Avengers, but the city around Stark Tower is destroyed. Buildings are smashed by Chitauri and Hulk, the roads are torn to shreds, and even the interiors weren’t safe as Hulk ran through office buildings or Captain America battled Chitauri keeping hostages.

In Avengers: Age of Ultron, an entire city is evacuated, as it is literally flown into the sky only to be vaporized, wiped completely off the face of the Earth. This damage isn’t unique to the team-up movies, either — Captain America: The Winter Soldier features plenty of collateral damage, including the asphalt dug up by the Winter Soldier’s hand, the bus destroyed in the ensuing battle, and the destruction of the triskelion and the three helicarriers, the impact of which can still be seen in a deleted Spider-Man: Homecoming scene.

Related: MCU: The Growing Problem with ExpansionNow, imagine if you were the one living through all of this. You had to experience these fights happening in your city, or knew a friend living there, and didn’t know if they were going to make it out alive. And maybe if you do make it out alive, now you might not have a car, or a wall to your apartment. Climate change is a catastrophic problem, but imagine living in a world where your entire city could be vaporized.

Imagine yourself in Zemo’s shoes, the villain in Captain America: Civil War. The only reason he is trying to break the Avengers apart is for revenge, because his entire family was killed when Ultron attacked Sokovia, and he blamed them for it. Or, you could look at Kate Bishop in Hawkeye and how her apartment is blown up during the battle of New York in The Avengers, which also killed her dad. These terrifying occurrences turn into a regular thing when you live with heroes, and you’d probably be afraid any time there are heroes fighting nearby, wondering if you and your belongings will make it through this.

Sometimes, heroes have secret identities that they hide from the public, so they can have some privacy in their life. In the MCU, this comes in the form of the vigilantes like Spider-Man. However, the villains have secret identities too. You could come into work one day and find your boss or co-worker was arrested because they were insane and tried to murder a bunch of people only to be foiled by one of the nearby heroes. That could have been you they tried to murder, and maybe you wouldn’t have been lucky enough to be saved, and that thought might haunt you forever.