A new Avengers: Endgame clip features Robert Downey Jr. and Jeremy Renner talking about Tony Stark/Iron Man and Clint Barton/Hawkeye/Ronin's respective arcs in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. More than two months since Marvel Studios' biggest movie hit theaters, the film remains a favorite topic of conversation, especially with a special re-release that started two weeks ago. Directed by Joe and Anthony Russo with the story written by Christopher Markus and Stephen McFeely, Avengers 4 brought together all pockets of the franchise for an epic final battle against Thanos (Josh Brolin) and his minions.
Picking up after the events of Avengers: Infinity War, Endgame pulled a couple of plot twists early on in the movie, such as the quick death of Thanos from the present timeline, as well as the five-year time jump. By the time the idea of a time heist came up, the heroes had been sitting with their failure for half a decade, making them all the more eager to accomplish their mission: bring back everyone who was affected by the Decimation. The mission was ultimately a success, and the Mad Titan was defeated once and for all, but it wasn't without any sacrifices from the heroes. Both Natasha Romanoff/Black Widow (Scarlett Johansson) and Iron Man had to sacrifice their lives to ensure their win. The film also effectively marked the end of the original Avengers' run, including Stark and Barton.
In the a brand new Endgame clip in celebration of the film's upcoming home release, Downey and Renner sat down to talk about their characters' respective arcs leading to the ensemble film. Downey, understandably looked at Iron Man's arc as a whole, thinking about his " journey from self-centeredness to making space for others, to making space for a relationship with Pepper, to having common tragic things happen like with he and Cap. And then healing because we have to come together to fight for the greater good, there's something profound about it." As for Renner, he zeroed in on Clint being a family man describing his character as "a superhero with zero superpower. This is a guy you don't want to mess with because the values of him were unflappable. He's just an every man" The Russo brothers also talked briefly about closing out this Marvel journey for themselves and some of their cast members. Watch the clip shared on Avengers' official Instagram account below:
Stark and Barton had very different arcs leading to Endgame, but both their stories were rooted in their love for their families. Barton's main motivation during the time heist was to bring his whole family back after they were affected by Thanos' snap. Stark, on the other hand, spent the five years focusing on living a normal family life with Pepper (Gwyneth Paltrow) and Morgan (Lexi Rabe) he so craved for the longest time. But he had to suit up when he found out that there may be a way to bring back all those who died, including his surrogate son, Peter Parker. In the end, Stark decided to make the ultimate sacrifice to ensure that his family, and the rest of the universe were free from any threat from Thanos, killing himself in the process.
At this point, both heroes are no longer on active duty - Barton temporarily, while Stark permanently. Admittedly, the way Endgame left these heroes sparked some debate online as several fans aired their grievances about their how the arcs were handled in the movie. Barton, who spent the five years coldly murdering people (granted they're supposedly bad ones), appears like he got away from his crimes scot-free, even getting a fairly happy ending. Meanwhile, there's an argument that Stark didn't deserve to die considering it's such a tragic end to his story. That being said, Barton is still around, so there's still a possibility that he'll pay for his crimes. As for Stark, his narrative certainly ended tragically, but it makes sense considering how his journey panned out in the last decade.
Avengers: Endgame will be available on digital on July 30, and on Blu-ray on August 13.