How Marvel built up to Tony Stark’s final Avengers: Endgame moment

“You can rest now.”

Pepper Potts’ (Gwyneth Paltrow) ultimate phrases to Tony Stark (Robert Downey Jr.) aren’t only a callback to earlier in Avengers: Endgame. Because the hero slowly dies from utilizing an Infinity Gauntlet to snap Thanos (Josh Brolin) and his military out of existence, Pepper’s phrases are a tragic reminder of what Tony struggled with ever since rising from the collapse Iron Man (2008): obsession. Obsession to vary his legacy. Obsession to guard his family members. Obsession to avoid wasting the world.

“You can rest now” — these ultimate phrases maintain a connection to moments throughout Tony’s complete character arc, spanning 10 Marvel movies. They even resonate with precise bits of dialogue from his prior 9 appearances within the MCU, strains that each one stem from Iron Man’s inception: he couldn’t relaxation the second he realized that Stark Industries’ weapons had been falling into the fallacious fingers.

With Avengers: Endgame taking a ultimate bow in theaters this weekend (with added footage), and Spider-Man: Far From Dwelling on the horizon, we glance again on the moments that hook up with this key line from the MCU.

IRON MAN (2008)

“There is nothing except this. There’s no art opening. There is no benefit. There is nothing to sign. There is the next mission and nothing else.”

Early in his first display look, Tony asks Pepper to retrieve recordsdata from his workplace in order that he can monitor the place his weapons are going. Pepper refuses. She worries that he’s going to get himself killed if he continues together with his Iron Man heroics. However that is Tony’s response.

It’s the primary signal that Tony Stark is not only devoted to, however obsessive about righting his weapons-manufacturing wrongs. Yinsen (Shaun Toub), the person who saves Tony within the cave and who pleads that he not “waste” his life, additionally means that Tony is “a man who has everything, but nothing” since he has no spouse or youngsters.

Tony’s response to Pepper highlights the nothingness, the vacancy of artwork openings, of advantages, of movie star (and in addition units up the importance of household to Tony down the road). All that Tony can do now could be good, and together with his go well with, that’s rather a lot. “I shouldn’t be alive, unless it was for a reason. I’m not crazy, Pepper. I just finally know what I have to do. And I know in my heart that it’s right.”

IRON MAN 2 (2010)

“It’s about legacy. It’s about what we choose to leave behind for future generations.”

Iron Man 2 doesn’t do as a lot with Tony’s arc because it most likely ought to. However on the Stark Expo initially of the movie, Tony talks about legacy, and it’s key to his future.

In Iron Man, Yinsen asks Tony if he needs his legacy to be the havoc that his weapons wreaked, and Tony works to vary that. Iron Man 2’s opening thought continues that line of Tony writing his legacy by recreating his picture, altering his coronary heart, making up for his errors, and attempting to grow to be a greater father than his personal was. It’ll simply be a short while earlier than he can enact that final half.

IRON MAN 3 (2013)

“I love you. I’m lucky. But honey, I can’t sleep. You go to bed. I come down here. I do what I know. I tinker. Threat is imminent and I have to protect the one thing that I can’t live without. That’s you.”

It’s not that The Avengers (2012) doesn’t have any vital strains, however the significance of his willingness to sacrifice himself to cease a nuke from hitting New York — the turning level in Tony Stark’s general arc — is simply verbalized later. In reality, it’s the crux of Iron Man 3.

The movie begins out with Tony not paying sufficient consideration to Pepper, however within the above scene, he lastly breaks and confesses to her about how New York has left him with crippling nervousness and insomnia. He can’t relaxation — however not essentially due to his weapons. He’s already achieved a lot good, particularly after New York. He can’t relaxation due to the revelation of “gods, aliens, other dimensions,” which leaves him petrified of what else may come. He’s simply “a man in a can.” He has to organize for the worst to guard the particular person he loves, the particular person he may have the ability to begin a household with.


“A hostile alien army came charging through a hole in space. We’re standing 300 feet below it. We’re the Avengers. We can bust arms dealers all the livelong day, but that up there, that’s… that’s the endgame. How were you guys planning on beating that?”

The notorious Avengers: Endgame namesake scene. In an try and create “a suit of armor around the world,” Tony unintentionally provides start to Ultron. And “birth” is the reality of it, as Ultron (James Spader) lashes out nearly like a bratty son. In response, the remainder of the Avengers chastise Tony for his conceitedness, they usually’re proper.

Tony’s intentions are good, however as a result of he can’t relaxation, he can’t see his errors. As an alternative, he works tirelessly with one factor in thoughts: If he does nothing, the endgame will come. If he does nothing, it’s his fault.


“Saw ‘em all dead, Nick. Felt it. The whole world too. Because of me. I wasn’t ready. I didn’t do all I could…” “It wasn’t a nightmare. It was my legacy. The end of the path I started us on.”

Speaking to Nick Fury (Samuel L. Jackson) at Hawkeye’s (Jeremy Renner) barn, Tony now considers the legacy of Iron Man, as a substitute of simply Tony Stark. Did the “superhero” deliver this alien insanity to Earth? Is that this all a technique of escalation? And can that in the end trigger the demise of his associates? The nightmare, a imaginative and prescient of the Avengers lifeless and an alien military charging to Earth once more, appropriately comes within the shadow of a Leviathan carcass from the Battle of New York.

Tony is only a man in a can, however he places an unbelievable burden on his personal shoulders. “I wasn’t ready. I didn’t do all I could.”


“A few years ago, I almost lost her, so I trashed all my suits. Then, we had to mop up Hydra. And then, Ultron. My fault. And then, and then, and then, I never stopped because the truth is, I don’t want to stop. I don’t want to lose her. I thought maybe the accords could split the difference. In her defense, I’m a handful.”

Iron Man 3 ended with Tony blowing up all of his fits and getting surgical procedure to have his core eliminated. It’s… a bizarre ending on reflection, and was probably a results of Robert Downey Jr. doubtlessly leaving the function quickly after. However this second in Civil Warfare reworks that concept. It makes that ending somewhat unhappy, as right here, Tony is admitting to his crutch. He needs to be with Pepper, to have a household along with her — the movie throws in a being pregnant joke, like Avengers: Infinity Warfare will later do — however he has an obsession. And that obsession is what drives him to make errors whereas coping with the Sokovia Accords.


“When you can do the things that I can, but you don’t, and then the bad things happen, they happen because of you.”

Civil Warfare can be the place Tony will get his first style of fatherhood. Basically filling the function of Uncle Ben, Tony turns into a mentor to Peter Parker (Tom Holland). When recruiting him, he makes certain that Peter has his head in the appropriate place. And this line echoes the concept at Tony’s coronary heart: Heroes have to act. Peter has that in him. He simply wants a father-figure to assist him get there.


“What if somebody had died tonight? Different story, right? Cause that’s on you. And if you died, I feel like that’s on me. I don’t need that on my conscience…” “If you’re nothing without this suit, then you shouldn’t have it, okay? God, I sound like my dad.”

In a confrontation that Tony later describes in very fatherly phrases because the “tough-love moment [Peter] needed,” the elder Avenger scolds Peter for taking over greater than he had the capability to, and endangering others and himself within the course of. As if he didn’t have a lot on his plate to fret and lose sleep over already, Tony couldn’t deal with Peter dying due to him.

Not too lengthy earlier than this, earlier than Peter will get into bother, Tony tells Peter that he believes in him and that he’s doing an excellent job — an effort to “break the cycle of shame.” In flip, this second performs the identical perform, of Tony being the dad he wants to ensure this younger child — who will cope with being Stark’s apparent successor in Spider-Man: Far From Dwelling — seems higher than he did.


“No, it’s you who doesn’t understand that Thanos has been inside my head for 6 years since he sent an army to New York and now he’s back! And I don’t know what to do.”

In a confrontation with Physician Unusual (Benedict Cumberbatch), as they argue over whether or not or to not take the battle in opposition to Thanos to Titan, Tony speaks on to the psychological fallout of New York, and the wrestle he’s had since Iron Man 3.

Then, Thanos was coming. Now, Thanos is right here. Is Tony prepared? Has he achieved sufficient? The tip of Infinity Warfare, which sees Tony lose Peter, the son he by no means had, leaves Tony with the crippling thought that he didn’t.


“You can rest now.”

Avengers: Endgame provides Tony a household, which, as Yinsen advised all these years in the past, is what would actually give him function. It additionally performs on his tragic impulses.

Infinity Warfare advised that Tony didn’t do sufficient, however Endgame provides him, proper when will get the household he wished, one final shot to do one thing. He may by no means have each, however he may by no means cease chasing each. So, in fact he takes the chance, even when it would kill him. In fact, relaxation for Tony Stark may solely come by demise. As for the long run: he’s obtained lots of people carrying on his legacy.

Kyle Kizu is a contract movie author from Los Angeles. His writing has additionally appeared in The Hollywood Reporter.

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