Avengers: Endgame took the life of some of Marvel’s key players. First was Black Widow (Scarlett Johansson), sacrificing her life to bring out the Soul Stone from the mountains of Vormir.
Then, the most heartbreaking of them all was the death of Iron Man (Robert Downey Jr.). Tony Stark died by stealing all six Infinity Stones from Thanos (Josh Brolin) in the nick of time. With the Infinity Stones in his hand, Iron Man ended the battle between Thanos forces and the Avengers by snapping the Mad Titan and his army out of the dimension.
Speaking in an interview with Cinema Blend on the Reelblend podcast, Endgame co-director Joe Russo talks about Tony’s fate, explaining that it was always Iron Man’s destiny to die the way he did.
“In a certain sense, Tony Stark was always meant to die. He’s a very complicated character who had a haunted existence,” Russo explained, “And I think as a futurist, he could always see that the end of humanity was on the horizon, and he could not rest, spiritually, until he defeated what was coming for humanity: Thanos.”
Tony’s death makes sense, of course. After all, the playboy billionaire’s story was what started the Marvel Cinematic Universe. The MCU began thanks to the success of Jon Favreau's first Iron Man movie. It’s only right that the franchise culminates with Iron Man sacrificing his life to save everyone else in the universe. The character deserves that honor more than anyone else.
Avengers: Endgame is currently screening in cinemas.