Avengers: Endgame has only been out for a day or so now, but already the fans who have seen it are lining up on Twitter to talk about the film's plot. Most guessed this would be the last movie for Robert Downey Jr., who plays Iron Man. It was his first standalone film back in 2008 that started it all, it only made sense for him to be the one to finish it in Endgame. These tweets about Iron Man in Avengers: Endgame show that fans will be devoted until the end. Warning: Spoilers for Avengers: Endgame follow.
Most fans went into this film assuming at least one character would die, if not more. The widespread assumption was that it would be Steve Rogers, AKA Captain America, played by Chris Evans, an actor who has made no bones about being very done with the franchise. But Cap lived to a ripe old age, having sent himself back in time to live out his life with the love of his life, Peggy Carter, as he always wished.
Instead, the sacrifice to save the world came from Tony Stark, AKA Iron Man, who put on the infinity glove he created out of his own Iron Man suit, and snapped his fingers to dust all the bad guys out of existence. No one man should have all that power. Thanos barely survived the snap himself. Tony was done for, but not before he delivered his immortal line from the first film:
I am Iron Man.
That 11 years in the making callback may have slain audiences the world over, but it wasn't the only thing fans came out of the movie crying over. Before Tony Stark dies, he's managed to live a good life with Pepper. They were lucky, having both survived the snap. If Pepper wasn't pregnant then, she was soon after, and the two of them have a daughter, Morgan Stark, named after that eccentric uncle Tony mentioned in Infinity Wars' opening.
In the scene where Tony puts his wayward child to bed after she comes downstairs to watch him work, Morgan tells him she loves him "3,000," clearly the new biggest number she's currently aware of in life. Tony is not only touched but then comes out to boast to Pepper that their daughter loves him 3,000! Far bigger than her love for anyone else, clearly.
But the real heartbreaker was Tony Stark's funeral, as the characters from every franchise lined up to pay their respects. From the original Avengers team to the team from Wakanda in Black Panther and Captain Marvel, everyone was there to say thank you to the man who launched the franchise, and goodbye to the character who has held it together for the last decade.
This may be the end of Tony Stark, but the MCU will carry on. His legacy as the universal franchise's founding member will never be forgotten by anyone.