Prepare For Civil War: 25 Greatest Iron Man Moments In The Marvel Cinematic Universe

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#13 – Guiding the Nuclear Missile to the Chitauri

From: The Avengers (2012)

Tony Stark may be arrogant and a little self-centered at times, but he really steps up to the challenge when it counts. As is the case when the people above Nick Fury send a nuclear missile to destroy all of Manhattan in the hopes that this would also win the battle against the Chitauri.

As the missile is fired from a fighter jet, Iron Man chases it down and grabs hold of it. Ignoring the advice of both Steve Roges and JARVIS, Tony is adamant that this is the only way to save Manhattan. He saves his final words for Pepper, who he has JARVIS call. However, as she’s distracted by the news, she doesn’t hear Tony phoning in to tell her goodbye.

Using all the power from his repulsors, Iron Man guides the missile right through the Chitauri portal and sends it to their base. When it detonates, the Chitauri fall dead due to them have a centralized control structure. However, Tony has made the ultimate sacrifice. With his Iron Man armor losing power, he falls unconscious and back through the portal.

Next: #12 - A voice beyond the grave