The Death of Tony Stark by Robert Downey Jr./Iron Man in “Avengers: Endgame” remains one of the most definitive moments in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Actually Jon Favreauwho launched the MCU with “Iron Man” and also directed “Iron Man 2,” did his best not to let filmmakers Joe and Anthony Russo kill off the fan-favorite superhero.
“Some of the pressure [not to kill Tony Stark] came from Jon Favreau, who called us after reading the script… and said, “Are you really going to kill Iron Man?” Anthony Russo recently said. vanity lounge.
Joe Russo added: “He did. Yeah. And I remember pacing around the corner of a stage on the phone with Favreau trying to talk to him from a ledge. ‘Cause he’s like, ‘You can’t do this. It’s going to devastate people, and you don’t want them walking out of the theater and into traffic. We did it anyway.”
‘Avengers: Endgame’ screenwriters Christopher Markus and Stephen McFeely defended the choice to kill off Tony Stark shortly after the smash hit 2019 box office film hit. As McFeely said The New York Times, “Everyone knew this was going to be the end of Tony Stark.” The writers explained that Tony’s arc since 2008’s “Iron Man” was to achieve selflessness, so not killing him and allowing him a peaceful retirement wouldn’t have been true to that arc.
“We had the opportunity to give him the perfect retirement life, in the film,” Markus said. “[He already got that]. This is the life he aspires to. Will he and Pepper get together? Yes. They got married, they had a child, it was great. It’s a good death. It doesn’t sound like a tragedy. It feels like a heroic, finite life.
The Marvel Cinematic Universe continued without Stark, though Downey’s absence from the franchise is still felt.