10 Reasons Why Iron Man is the Real Villain of MCU

Iron Man has become one of the most significant Marvel Cinematic Universe as a hero who fought till the end as an Avenger. Compared to most of his other colleagues he is only a human who has managed to win battles using his intelligence. But there’s a certain characteristic about the character of Iron Man that has ensured that his influence exists for a longer period of time in the MCU. Like a Shakespearean character, Tony Stark a.k.a. Iron Man is responsible for most of the villains that we have gotten to see in the MCU. Let’s take a look at a few reasons why Iron Man is the real villain of the Marvel Cinematic Universe.

Involvement In Distributing Arms To Evil Organisations

One thing that we have witnessed multiple times in the earlier MCU movies is the presence of Stark Industries. It was Tony Stark’s responsibility to make the company rather profitable and this led to the distribution of arms throughout the world. This is quite similar to the real world and indicative of MCU taking plot points from the world and how arms are actually sold all over the world. 2008’s Iron Man shows us that the arms have reached the Ten Rings and this was mostly because of Obidiah Stane. Not only that later we see that these were the same weapons that killed Wanda Maximoff’s parents as shown in the Disney+ series WandaVision.

Reason Behind Whiplash’s Origin

Iron Man 2 was not the best of the MCU projects but the movie did deal with a lot about how Tony Stark’s revelation as Iron Man had an impact on the world. The movie failed to do a proper interpretation for the character of Whiplash but it did indicate how Iron Man was responsible for him. Stark did not credit Anton Vanko’s father for the original arc reactor and later ended up antagonizing Vanko that led to him becoming Whiplash. This is actually quite similar to how Mysterio was motivated because Stark had a tendency to belittle some people who surround him.

Gave Birth To Ultron

Why Iron Man is the real villain

One of the best villains that we have gotten in the MCU definitely includes Ultron and it comes as no surprise that Stark is majorly responsible for creating this villain. Even though Stark planned to create this AI with good intentions and protect the world from cosmic threats he still ended up creating the worst possible scenario for the world. His ego and his pride were primarily responsible for what we got to witness and Ultron was the perfect answer to what he had caused. This was an indication that Stark might be a genius but his work has to be under supervision so that he does not end up doing something terribly out of whim.

Kept Ultron A Secret From The Avengers

The biggest thing that possibly indicates him as being a villain is the fact that he hardly trusts any of his Avengers colleagues. His pride comes in the way of trusting them and he keeps most of his thoughts and ideas to himself. This was quite evident from his decision at keeping the other Avengers in the dark about the creation of Ultron. The decision to create Ultron was something that could have used some involvement from the other Avengers and this led to the chaos that unfolded through the movie.

Led To Aldrich Killian’s AIM

Iron Man 3 is not the most talked-about Iron Man movie but the movie does give a chance for properly exploring the character of Tony Stark. Here we got to see Stark fight without his Iron Man which was indicative of the depth of the character. But at the same time, the main antagonist of the movie was someone who was created because of Stark’s own selfish belittling behavior. Aldrich Killian was eager to show Stark his project but Stark hardly pays attention to him and this leads to Advanced Idea Mechanics. Stark finally realizes the impact he is having on his personal world when Pepper is also injected with the Extremis formula.

Found The Department of Damage Control

Initially planned as an idea for the good, Tony Stark founded the Department of Damage Control and this only led to some negative consequences. This organization ended up putting a lot of people out of work who were actually involved in cleaning up after the Battle of New York. This is what ended up driving Adrian Toomes to become The Vulture. The Vulture was one of the very first villains that Spider-Man had to face because of Stark and this is something that we get to see later in the narrative too. While the Department might have been found with good intentions it also serves in enhancing Stark’s public name and providing him political benefits. The effects of the Department of Damage Control will also be visible in Spider-Man: No Way Home.

Was In Favor Of The Sokovia Accords

We are well aware that everything that we got to witness in Age of Ultron was primarily because of Tony Stark. All this actually led to him becoming so guilt-ridden that this time around he became the villain himself. He supported the Sokovia Accords that limit the actions of superheroes by government sanction. Starks actions might actually be considered in a way that he was trying to benefit himself but that was not the case. This leads to the actions that end up dividing the Avengers as he decides to stick to his own perspectives.

Involved Spider-Man In A Major Battle

Why Iron Man is the real villain

Tony Stark was responsible for bringing Peter Park to the Airport Battle scene from Captain America: Civil War. He literally hired the kid for the battle because he realized that he would require reinforcements during this fight sequence. Stark did provide Spider-Man with a suit and we were sure that the heroes won’t do any major harm to each other in this battle but Stark did feel responsible for Peter. The fight does cause some major harm to War Machine and the same could have also happened to Peter. Later when Stark loses Peter during the ‘snap’ in Infinity War we see Stark repent for including Peter in all this.

Kept Scarlet Witch With Ultron Against Her Will

One of the other reasons the events of the Civil War takes place is because of the explosion that takes place in Lagos. This was due to the failure of Wanda Maximoff as she was trying to prevent the explosion but ended up causing the explosion at a nearby building. Wanda’s inability becomes a threat to which Tony responds by putting her in the Avengers Compound with Vision. We see Vision and Wanda getting attached together but the actual motive was to hold back Wanda under the supervision of Vision. This actually angers Wanda more when she realizes Stark’s true motives of holding her back against her will. 

Ended Up Fighting Captain America

Most of the events of the Civil War saw Tony Stark being primarily responsible and this was because the movie showed us a rather selfish version of his character. All this leads to one of the biggest events of the movie where we saw Iron Man and Captain America fight each other out. This was because Stark finds out that Bucky was responsible for killing his parents and he is not ready to take the explanation of Bucky being out of control of what he did. Later Stark would blame Captain America for causing this massive crack between the Avengers during Endgame.

Responsible For Most of The Spider-Man Villains

We have finally gotten to see all the villains that will be appearing in Spider-Man: No Way Home. While it is not yet clear how they will appear but it is confirmed that they will be in continuation of their past appearances in the previous Spider-Man movies. Fans were surprised to see that the costumes of all these villains have seen some rather interesting changes and there is a chance that Stark Technology might have responsibility for it. A recent TV Spot has shown that Electro is wielding an Arc Reactor similar to what we have seen Stark use. There are even theories that Doc Ock will have an updated suit because of Stark’s NanoTech. This won’t be the first time Spider-Man had to face antagonists due to something Iron Man had done.

So these are the reasons why Iron Man is the real villain. Do you agree? Let us know your thoughts in the comments.

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