Avengers: Endgame commentary track has clarified so many things that were a partial or a complete mystery till now. The writers & directors have cleared any confusion about time travel, and they’ve also given us certain alternate scenes that were scrapped before arriving at the final story. The film was full of massive and extremely satisfying moments. The end involving Thanos and Iron Man was just the best way to conclude things. It was a heavy and emotional moment that foreshadowed Iron Man’s first film in the MCU. He started it all, and he brought us to an end.
The writers and directors couldn’t have given us a better ending. Thanos thought that he was going to have the last laugh, but not he snapped a blank. Iron Man sneaked away with the Infinity Stones and gave the most iconic line before turning it all to dust! He really is Iron Man. What’s crazy is that people were actually left wondering how he magically got the Infinity Stones out from Thanos’ Gauntlet. Well, it was through the ability of his nanotech suit.
The writers and directors revealed on the audio commentary track that:
“Joe Russo: …aaaaand nanotech.
Stephen McFeely: That’s right if it’s unclear how he got them, it’s two similar gloves talking to each other in this nanotech-y way.
Joe Russo: And the suit is keeping him alive here.
McFeely: “Well, as the power’s coursing through him, he doesn’t have a lot of time.”
Joe Russo: But when he snaps those fingers…
Christopher Markus: It’s too much.”
Comicbook.com further went on to clarify how the creatives have explained two major aspects that had people confused. The first is how Iron Man got the Infinity Stones, and the second is how he survived having wielded them. They wrote:
Because the “Iron Gauntlet” that Thanos was wearing is made of the same nanotech as Tony Armor, Iron Man was able to simple manipulate the nanobytes in both gauntlets to shift the Infinity Stones over to his hand, instead of Thanos’.
It was reiterated throughout the Infinity Saga that mere mortals cannot survive contact with an Infinity Stone – let alone wield all of them. It’s only because of the advanced tech in the Iron Man armor that Tony has the brief amount of time he does in order to achieve his Snap. However, like any mortal, the effort of using the Infinity Gauntlet is all too fatal, with or without a protective suit of armor.
The final snap created a lot of buzz all over the world. That moment is actually what made the movie so good and helped it gross past Avatar to become the biggest movie of all time. It’s actually crazy that this moment would have been entirely different earlier. Initially Tony Stark wouldn’t have said anything while he snapped his fingers. The “I am Iron Man” line was actually one of those last-minute additions into the film.
Here’s how the entire moment came to be what it was:
“Joe Russo – Tony used to not say anything in that moment. And we were in the editing room going, ‘He has to say something. This a character who has lived and died by quips.’ And we just couldn’t, we tried a million different last lines. Thanos was saying ‘I am inevitable.’ And our editor Jeff Ford, who’s been with us all four movies and is an amazing storyteller, said ‘Why don’t we just go full circle with it and say I am Iron Man.’ And we’re like, ‘Get the cameras! We have to shoot this tomorrow.'”
Every Marvel fan would agree that there’s nothing more iconic than this one come back that Robert Downey Jr. made. It was so simple and perfect, yet the creatives didn’t really have it in their initial plans. We’re glad that thing went the way they did. No one really thought that Marvel could kill their poster boy. But they subverted our expectations and did what no one really expected.