Iron Man is the most essential Avenger in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. The character started the franchise and also ended up being the very first candidate for the Avengers Initiative. Iron Man was one such hero who managed to be ready for most of the threats that the Earth was about to face. But this wasn’t always the case, as the hero was quite self-absorbed during a rather large period of his life. Even after all that he did manage to prove his worth as a superhero till the very end. It seems that the sacrifice of Iron Man in Endgame actually managed to fix the past mistakes and errors that the character ended up making.
Every one of the Avengers characters actually had a significant amount of growth over the years. The character was given their time to go through all the reactions that they had regarding everything that was happening around them. One of the most significant examples is the character of Bruce Banner. Even though Hulk didn’t get his solo ventures in the latter times, he did manage to undergo significant development. But Iron Man managed to make a massive change from the way we initially saw him to a much stronger and well-executed superhero.
But over the years we have seen that Iron Man himself is responsible for some of the most essential villains in the MCU. This was major because he decided to take some very major moves when thinking of protecting the world. Following the events of The Avengers, Tony Stark underwent major symptoms of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder and he was motivated to build a “suit of armor around the world”. He actually followed up on this plan and ended up building the Ultron AI thus giving the world one of its biggest genocidal villains.
This was not the only time as we can say that he is also responsible for the breaking off of the Avengers in Captain America: Civil War. His decisions actually forced most of the other heroes to part ways with the initiative. Not only that, but later we would see Spider-Man also coming across some of the problems that Iron Man actually managed to create. His distant nature actually made him take away the suit from Peter Parker in Spider-Man: Homecoming. The entire thing could have been dealt with in a different manner, allowing Peter to become a lot more mature.
The Sacrifice of Iron Man Fixes His Past Mistakes
One of the most essential moments for the character of Iron Man was in The Avengers when he tagged himself as a “genius, billionaire, playboy, philanthropist“. But Captain America would reply to that with the strong words that he was not the type of guy “to make the sacrifice play”. Things would actually work out in this manner when we will get to see Iron Man sacrificing himself for defeating Thanos in Endgame. This was actually evidence of the fact that he was no more self-obsessed and actually looked out for the other heroes. That’s not all as the deleted scene from the movie actually shows him wondering if his sacrifice actually worked out.
Iron Man could have stuck around with the self-absorbed life that he had made following the events of Infinity War. He had a family, something that he always wanted to have and worked up towards. But he couldn’t stop himself from taking one final attempt at saving the world and thus working towards it. He might have been well aware of the moment that actually works towards his death in Endgame and he went through with it. While it has to be one of the saddest moments from the MCU, Iron Man’s sacrifice actually justifies his character and ends the very chapter he started.