Tony Stark is connected to Thanos in a very particular way, according to Avengers: Infinity War co-director Joe Russo. On top of mentoring Peter Parker, getting back with (and engaged to) Pepper Potts, dealing with the Sokovia Accords and constantly being weighed down by his fallout with Steve Rogers, Stark has a lot of things to deal with. But with the threat of Thanos and his minions looming in the shadows, Iron Man will have to set aside all his other issues to focus his energy on finding a way to make sure the Mad Titan doesn't get his hands on the Infinity Stones and execute his universe-altering plans.
Arguably, among all heroes in the MCU, Stark is the one who has been the most actively preparing for the massive battle coming. Which is why it's no surprise that he's all geared up to launch into the cosmos to get to the bottom of the mystery that is Thanos alongside Doctor Strange and Spider-Man.
Sitting down with The Telegraph India, Infinity War directors Joe and Anthony Russo preview their forthcoming Marvel film. Throughout the whole process of making it, the two have been notoriously good at answering any Avengers-related questions without inadvertently revealing unwanted spoilers. Nonetheless, they offer insightful comments on the film, including Joe's latest statement regarding the link between Stark and Thanos.
"It’s all the heroes. I think he has the most specific connection to Tony because Tony is a futurist, and he has predicted a threat like Thanos. It’s lived in his brain even though he couldn’t name it. Tony is the most desperately driven, down to the core, to react against something like Thanos, although all the heroes will face a threat, no matter who it is or where it comes from. But I think this is intrinsic to Tony’s psychology, and because Tony started it all with Iron Man, he has a special connection to the threat that’s facing him."
Over the last few years, many fans have painted Stark as a villain considering his actions on Avengers: Age of Ultron (he created Ultron) and Captain America: Civil War (he sided with the government and fights Steve and Bucky), but he's hardly a bad guy. Admittedly, while Ultron was ultimately his fault, it stemmed from his desire to find an alternative way to safeguard humanity without him and his pals going on every mission themselves. This desire was further fueled by the Scarlet Witch-induced vision that showed him all his friends dead. And after years of being criticized for what he did, the arrival of Thanos is proof that he's been right to start gearing up for the forthcoming battle all along.
Stark presumably biting the dust in the upcoming Avengers sequels while attempting to foil Thanos plans will be one of the biggest losses that the MCU will have to deal with thus far, but it also is the perfect finish for a tremendous character arc for the genius, billionaire, playboy, philanthropist. Starting off as a happy-go-lucky and selfish-man, sacrificing his own life for the greater good would be a poetic death that would undoubtedly impact the franchise's narrative moving forward. More so, because of his special bond with Peter Parker, who's supposed to lead the second-generation of heroes towards Phase 4. At the end of the day, while Stark isn't Mjolnir-worthy as Thor or as noble as Captain America, there was never a question about his intentions about choosing to do what's good because it was an active decision on his part to be a hero.
Source: The Telegraph India
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