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Warning: spoilers for the first three MCU phases!
the Avengers did Thanos (Josh Brolin) in “Avengers 4: Endgame” twice: The first time it was almost too easy when he Thor (Chris Hemsworth) cut off his head almost without resistance. The second time, Tony Stark (Robert Downey Jr.) had to sacrifice himself to finally destroy the purple muscleman. Nevertheless: In the end, by and large, everything is actually good again (Iron Man and Black Widow, who apparently hardly anyone misses in the MCU anyway, apart from that).
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Of course there are some reintegration problems now, when half of humanity suddenly reappears after five years: What about those who were on a plane at the time? But this problem is already treated in a tongue-in-cheek way in “Spider-Man: Far From Home”, when reference is only made to the housing problem (logically, the orphaned apartments now have new tenants). Overall, the feeling arises that the blip is an event that those involved will probably look back on with an amused smile in 50 years’ time…
The same cannot be said of the irreparable damage done by Tony Stark. It all starts in Iron Man: After all, it’s his arrogant alone rich–kids-Thanks to his attitude that the mega-corporation originally founded by his father with honorable intentions Stark Industries was modeled under his non-supervision into the most powerful and destructive arms company in the world, which has also supplied arms to even the most despicable terrorists and warlords. At least hundreds of thousands of lives are at least indirectly on his account. Not to mention that his unmatched arrogance was instrumental in the “creation” of super villain Obadiah Stane aka Iron Monger (Jeff Bridges).
But that’s not all: With his condescending manner alone, Tony Stark has cultivated his own cabinet of villains over the years! After publicly humiliating his competitor Justin Hammer (Sam Rockwell), Hammer (Sam Rockwell) seeks revenge in Iron Man 2 by freeing convicted terrorist Ivan Vanko aka Whiplash (Mickey Rourke) from prison. It was similar with Aldrich Killian (Guy Pearce), who Tony Stark also gave a harsh rebuff, whereupon the CEO of Advanced Idea Mechanics In Iron Man 3, the Super Soldier program extremis developed and covered up his misdeeds by creating the fictional super-terrorist Mandarin (Ben Kingsley).
After Tony Stark took part in what happened in The Avengers” (Loki + Chitauri) actually wasn’t to blame for a change, the destruction of entire cities goes into “Avengers 2: Age Of Ultron” is of course fully on his cap again. After all, it was again his excessive arrogance that, despite all the warnings from (even) more intelligent comrades-in-arms like Bruce Banner (Mark Ruffalo), led him to secretly develop a quasi-omnipotent artificial intelligence for peacekeeping that was also protected by far too few emergency systems.
The result can already be found in the title of the film: The computer program Ultron (James Spader), which usually appears in the form of a super robot, takes its job (as expected) too seriously and decides that sustainable peace can only be achieved through the complete annihilation of humanity. But you could have figured that out yourself. In any case, Tony Stark knows everything better again this time and is doing it alone – probably provoking the deaths of hundreds of thousands again (not to mention general destruction). And this time he is not only indirectly to blame.
But Tony Stark is not only arrogant in his superiority, but also in his subservience: plagued by deep feelings of guilt over the Ultron act, he supports the limitation of his own power – and at the same time that of the other superheroes. Because of course Tony knows best what is right for everyone – even if that, like in “The First Avenger: Civil War”, leads to a split in the Avengers and at the same time leads to the criminalization of Steve Rogers aka Captain America (Chris Evans).
The Sokovia Agreement, co-signed by Tony Stark, which is supposed to officially put the superheroes on a leash, subsequently halves that Avengerstroop, decimating their power – just because Tony Stark can’t deal with his self-conjured demons. At the latest when in “Avengers 3: Infinity War” then suddenly Thanos appears with his henchmen, this proves to be a real problem. Instead of immediately fighting back the villain from outer space, the old conflicts between the Avengers-Groups are cemented – unnecessarily wasting time, which is once again mainly due to Tony Stark.
Well. At least he has in “Avengers 4: Endgame” at the end. But that was really the bare minimum. But anyone who subsequently believed that the end of Tony Stark would also end his catastrophic influence on the MCU was completely wrong with this assessment: Directly in the next MCU blockbuster “Spider-Man: Far From Home”, the villain Quentin Beck aka Mysterio (Jake Gyllenhaal) turns out to be an ex-employee booted out by Tony Stark – who of course also uses the projection technology developed by Stark Industries for his sinister plan.
The damage done by Thanos has been undone – but the wound Iron Man left in the MCU’s soul will surely remain forever. Let’s hope for the people of the MCU that after Quentin Beck, the misdeeds provoked by Tony Stark will really come to an end…
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