Warning: This upright includes major spoilers for Avengers: Endgame.
As expected, some beloved characters died in Avengers: Endgame. To celebrate their bequest in the Marvel Cinematic Universe( MCU) we decided to publish in-universe obituaries tagging some of their lives and achievements. After 22 movies, future Marvel films will search a lot different.
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Tony Stark( Iron Man)
May 29, 1970- April 25, 2023
Tony Stark, the visionary heir to Stark Manufacture and inventor of the Iron Man armor, died Thursday during the final battle against Thanos. His death declared by Avengers leader Steve Rogers( aka Captain America ), who confirmed that Stark died, in Rogers’ messages,” Saving the world .” Together, they extended the team of heroes who orchestrated Thanos’ defeat.
Born to industrial financier Howard Stark and his wife Maria, a philanthropist, Tony Stark grew up surrounded by wealth and privilege–although it wasn’t always a joyou childhood. Exhibiting a flair for engineering from a young age, he registered his first patent at age 9: a prototype electric car. Accepted to MIT at 14, he draws attention for his extravagant life as well as his academic prowess. His teenages were beset by the twin influences of early honour and a perturbed affair with his father–a rift that never got a chance to heal, as Howard and Maria Stark were killed in 1991. Believed at the time to be an accidental car crash, it was later revealed to be a Hydra assassination perpetrated by the Winter Soldier, aka James Barnes.
Inheriting Stark Industry at 21, Tony Stark produced the family business into a new era. His innovations straddled from robots to rocket launchers, strengthening the Stark family’s close relationship with the U.S. armed. By his mid-2 0s, he’d already constructed the artificial intelligence known as JARVIS, who at this item operated as a butler in Stark’s private palace, but would later provision the source code for the androids Ultron and Vision.
But at the same time as all this professional success, Stark proliferated increasingly erratic, notorious for his playboy antics and mercurial behaviour in the boardroom. His only stabilizing influences were his mentor Obadiah Stane and best friend James Rhodes, who spent much of his time overseas with the Air Force.
The arrival of Pepper Potts was a significant turning point in Stark’s life. Initially hired as his personal assistant, she later became his lover, marriage, and the CEO of Stark Industry. Despite accusations of nepotism, Potts was encountered by insiders as the only person capable of handling Stark’s lightning-fast pace. When Stark was kidnapped by the Ten Rings terrorist organization in 2008, it was Potts who took over the day-to-day running of Stark Industry while Obadiah Stane–who had in fact orchestrated the abduction himself–steamrollered the board of directors.
Billionaire, industrialist, superhero
Stark’s kidnapping is now seen as a pivotal moment in the War on Terror, ending Stark’s cozy relationship with the military and inducing him to shift focus to renewable energy and defensive engineering. This was also the birth of Iron Man, ushering in the age of the American superhero.
Iron Man’s exploits were instantly controversial, cementing Stark’s image as a male above the law. His superhero identity simply bolstered his religion of personality, which reached its peak after the Battle of New York in 2012, when he led the justification against Earth’s first foreigner invasion–and personally saved the city from nuclear extermination. As the public face of a crew that literally saved the world, Stark was now untouchable. This set the background for the next five years of increasing political force, as Stark began to interfere directly in Us foreign policy and the inner workings of the nation’s knowledge apparatus–first with S.H.I.E.L.D ., then with the disastrous creation of Ultron, and later with the Sokovia Accords. In an attempt to regulate the superpowered pleasure, he split the Avengers team in half, turning heroes like Captain America and Hawkeye into international fugitives.
In a 2017 interview with the New York Times–one of the few he handed during his later years–Stark discussed his struggle with PTSD during this period, admitting that he was driven by an obsessive desire to protect Earth from further onrushes. Despite its damaging significances, this obsession was authorized. In 2018, he was on the front lines of the initial fight against Thanos.
In the years following the 2018 murder, Stark withdrew from public life. He and Pepper Potts–whose relationship had always been more private than Stark’s youthful flings–stepped back from Stark Industry, which redirected its mission toward providing clean energy worldwide. The couple welcomed their first and exclusively child, Morgan Stark-Potts, in 2019.
Previously seen as a figure of mockery on equivalence with Paris Hilton or Elon Musk, Tony Stark went on to have a unique impact on the 21 st century. His work with Stark Industry reformed the course of America’s wars in the Middle East. His arc reactor technology may be humanity’s best hope for defeating climate change. Iron Man passed him to be loved and disliked in equal appraise, saving lives while also interfering in high-stakes conflicts with erratic fallout. His true historical legacy won’t be known for decades, but for now, we can be certain that he died a hero.
Tony Stark is survived by his wife, Pepper Potts, their daughter Morgan, and the remaining Avengers, who will continue to be funded by Stark’s personal fortune.