Avengers: Endgame brings about the end of an era. It all began with Iron Man and Marvel clearly wanted to end it with him. That is why they chose the perfect ending for Tony Stark having given him a complete Story Arc, and a complete life that no one else really got in The Infinity Saga. Many fans are upset regarding the inevitable death of Tony Stark, but it just had to happen.
We all thought that Marvel cannot kill their poster boy. They cannot take down the Godfather, and would surely wanna save him for future cameos. Instead, Captain America would have to bite the bullet. But when they did kill off Tony Stark, it all made total sense. We understood that there literally was “No other Way!” Doctor Strange saved him in Infinity War for this purpose, and hence, it was his destiny to die saving the Universe.
This was the ultimate climax and the perfect end to Tony’s story arc. He finally did what his father could not do and that was keeping others over his own self-interest. Even Pepper grew as a character totally understanding Tony’s ultimate motivations and goals. She accepted the reality and gave Tony a happy send-off.
Now, the writers of the movie have given us their version of why Tony Stark had to die sacrificing himself in Endgame. Here’s what Christopher Markus and Stephen McFeely told the Los Angeles Times:
“We always knew we wanted him to bring it on himself as opposed to being killed by Thanos. Because it’s really the one thing left for him to do, in a way. The five-year jump allowed him to become this fully realized human: He married Pepper, he had a child, he basically retired from public life and lived a very peaceful existence out there in the country.
We knew he was going to die but we wanted to put it in his hands as opposed to someone else’s. We didn’t always know that the Infinity Stones were going to be what caused it, but once we worked out the mechanics of it with the nano particle suit that both the gauntlet and his suit were made out of, it all worked too perfectly not to do.”
His death caused a wave of silence in the theatres. We got a glimpse of this silence when Tony felt betrayed seeing what really happened on December 16, 1991, as things got intense. Then this intensity was multiplied when Thanos stabbed Tony in Infinity War and was about to obliterate him for good. But the big epic end of Tony Stark and his perfect goodbye to Rhodey, Pepper, and Peter was just heartbreaking for all of us. This was a character that was loved by everyone. There were absolutely 0 haters of Iron Man, and that is why this film works so well for all of us.
Directed by Joe & Anthony Russo, Avengers: Endgame stars Robert Downey Jr., Chris Hemsworth, Mark Ruffalo, Chris Evans, Scarlett Johansson, Benedict Cumberbatch, Jeremy Renner, Don Cheadle, Tom Holland, Chadwick Boseman, Paul Bettany, Tom Hiddleston, Idris Elba, Danai Gurira, Peter Dinklage, Benedict Wong, Elizabeth Olsen, Anthony Mackie, Sebastian Stan, Gwyneth Paltrow, Josh Brolin, Pom Klementieff, Karen Gillan, Dave Bautista, Zoe Saldana, Vin Diesel, Bradley Cooper, Chris Pratt, Paul Rudd, Samuel L. Jackson, Cobie Smulders, Tessa Thompson, Evangeline Lilly, Michelle Pfeiffer, Michael Douglas, Tilda Swinton, Ty Simpkins, Ava Russo and Brie Larson.
Here’s the new synopsis of Avengers: Endgame:
“Thanos snapped his fingers in Avengers: Infinity War, and half the life in the universe instantly dissolved. Now a ragged group of surviving warriors, including Captain America, Black Widow, Iron Man, Thor, and the Hulk works to counteract the Mad Titan’s genocidal action.
Since our heroes couldn’t stop Thanos the first time, what makes them think they can win in a rematch? The answer may be in overwhelming power, thanks to Captain Marvel, or in the tiniest spaces between atoms accessible to Ant-Man. Avengers: Endgame will rewrite the Marvel Cinematic Universe as we know it. When it’s all over, nothing will be the same.”