Avengers: Endgame Director Reveals The Reason Behind Killing Off Iron Man Aka Tony Stark
Avengers: Endgame Director Reveals The Reason Behind Killing Off Iron Man Aka Tony Stark: It Seemed Like The More Compelling Arc To Us”(Pic Credit: Poster)

American superhero film Avengers: Endgame, which was a sequel to Avengers: Infinity War, was released in 2019. The film saw the surviving members of the Avengers and their allies attempt to reverse the destruction caused by Thanos in Infinity War.

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Helmed by the Russo brothers, the film was made with an estimated budget of $356–400 million. It received praise for its direction, acting, musical score, action sequences, visual effects, and emotional weight. However, fans still couldn’t grapple with Iron Man aka Tony Stark’s death.

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Director Joe Russo has opened up about the decision to kill off Robert Downey Jr’s Tony Stark in Avengers: Endgame instead of Captain America. During a panel at the Sands International Film Festival of St. Andrews, he revealed how he had a discussion with his brother and co-director Anthony Russo about which of the two superheroes should die.

As reported by CBR, Joe Russo said, “If you think of Captain America as a character, you go ‘Okay, Captain America dying is fairly obvious,’ right? [Self-sacrifice] is something he would do based on the character. You know, this is a guy who offered to be a guinea pig in a science experiment in order to be able to go fight Nazis in the war. He’s intrinsically a hero. Like, there’s not a lot of complexity there. It might be emotionally impactful because you like him. You know, he’s a very likeable character, but it’s not necessarily the most compelling arc.”

Russo then added, “Tony Stark is a character who was supposed to die,” and justified that Stark’s ego and his entire character arc from 2008’s Iron Man to Endgame, which needed a major sacrifice to complete his journey. “So that seemed like the more compelling arc to us, that it would be Stark who died. So that it would be a richer, more complex arc, and that’s why we chose him,” the filmmaker said.

So what do you think about Joe Russo‘s justification for killing off Tony Stark in Avengers: Endgame? Let us know in the comments.

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