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MCU: 5 Times Tony Stark And Steve Rogers Were Best Friends (& 5 Times They Were Each Other’s Worst Enemy)

Throughout the MCU’s 23-part “Infinity Saga,” Tony Stark and Steve Rogers easily had the most important relationship in the Avengers. Steve was the leader of the team and Tony didn’t play well with others, so they were antagonistic towards each other from jump. They grew into unlikely friends based on mutual respect before being torn apart as that friendship was tested, and they eventually let go of their resentment towards each other and made amends as they joined forces to save the world, once and for all. Here are 5 Times Tony Stark And Steve Rogers Were Best Friends (And 5 Times They Were Each Other’s Worst Enemy).

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10 Best friends: “I lost the kid.” “Tony, we lost.” (Avengers: Endgame)

When we catch up with Tony Stark in Avengers: Endgame, having been stranded on Titan with Nebula following the Snap at the end of Infinity War, he’s looking emaciated and defeated. The Benatar has run out of fuel and food rations, so Tony records a message that he believes will be his heartfelt farewell to Pepper. He drifts off to sleep, fully expecting to die in the night. When Carol Danvers shows up to save him, she gives him a second chance at life. Pepper survived the Snap, so Tony didn’t lose everything. But he almost did. He gravely tells Steve, “I lost the kid,” and Steve corrects him: “Tony, we lost.”

9 Worst enemies: Tony taking Steve’s shield from him (Captain America: Civil War)

At the end of Captain America: Civil War, Tony Stark is heartbroken to discover that Bucky Barnes killed his parents while operating as the Winter Soldier, and worse yet, Steve Rogers knew about it. This leads to a brutal fight between the three that ends with Tony lying in the dirt, feeling beaten and betrayed, as Steve leaves with Bucky.

RELATED: 10 Best Steve & Tony Moments in the MCU

Tony demands that Steve leave his shield behind, because his father made it for him and he doesn’t deserve it. Steve simply drops the shield to the floor, relinquishing it to Tony without an argument, and walks off with his friend.

8 Best friends: Tony giving Steve’s shield back (Avengers: Endgame)

In Avengers: Endgame, after a five-year time jump, Scott Lang emerges from the Quantum Realm with a plan to travel through time, collect the Infinity Stones, and save everybody who died in the Snap. He takes this idea to Steve Rogers, who takes it to Tony Stark. Although he’s initially reluctant, Tony accepts the challenge and tells Steve that he wants to let go of the resentment he feels towards him because it’s not healthy. So, Tony returns to the Avengers’ compound and gives Steve’s shield back to its rightful owner. Then, Tony jokes, “Will you keep that a little quiet? Didn’t bring one for the whole team.”

7 Worst enemies: Arguing on the Helicarrier (The Avengers)

When Tony Stark and Steve Rogers first meet in The Avengers, they don’t get along. Essentially, Tony and Steve are two completely different people. One is a patriotic soldier, the other privatized world peace. One is a man out of his time, the other is a futurist. Joss Whedon did a phenomenal job of showing their ideologies clash, including two brilliant lines that would be paid off beautifully seven years later (11 in story years) in Avengers: EndgameSteve told Tony, “You’re not the guy to make the sacrifice play.” Tony would make the sacrifice play to save the universe from Thanos in the end. Tony told Steve, “You’re a lab rat, Rogers. Everything special about you came out of a bottle.” Steve would prove this to be untrue when he was worthy of lifting Mjolnir.

6 Best friends: Chopping wood together (Avengers: Age of Ultron)

Not all Marvel fans were taken with the detour to Hawkeye’s farm in Avengers: Age of Ultron, with some feeling that it slowed down the plot and placed the focus on the least interesting character. However, it provides an important emotional juncture for Steve Rogers and Tony Stark. Steve gets a glimpse of the family life he fears he’ll never have, while Tony discusses his worst nightmare with an incognito Nick Fury. The pair also bond as they chop wood together. Tony tells Steve not to take wood from his pile, despite the fact that Steve’s pile is much bigger than Tony’s.

5 Worst enemies: “S**t!” “Language…” (Avengers: Age of Ultron)

In the opening scene of Avengers: Age of Ultron, as Earth’s mightiest heroes storm the Hydra compound of Baron von Strucker in Sokovia, Tony is hit with the compound’s deflective shields and cries out, “S**t!” Then, a motorcycle-straddling Steve sternly tells him, “Language…” For the rest of the movie, Tony and the other Avengers won’t let Steve live that one down. It was a funny moment, but also represents the key differences between the characters. The central dynamic is that Steve is old-fashioned and Tony is a futurist. Steve is all about censoring bad language, but Tony has no such qualms.

4 Best friends: Steve sending Tony a cell phone (Captain America: Civil War)

Tony and Steve’s relationship was torn apart in Captain America: Civil War, and surprisingly, it wasn’t mended again by the end of the movie. But Steve did offer Tony an olive branch, sending him a care package via FedEx with a note attached to it telling Tony that if he ever needs him to join him in a fight, he’ll be there.

RELATED: Captain America: Civil War: 5 Characters Who Picked The Right Side (& 5 Who Should’ve Been On The Other Side)

As he sifted through the FedEx package to see what Steve had sent him, Tony received a call from General Ross, telling him there’d been a breach at the Raft. Knowing that this breach was Steve Rogers breaking his friends out of the seafaring prison, Tony put the General on hold.

3 Worst enemies: Tony blaming Steve for the Snap (Avengers: Endgame)

When he returned from space after the Snap and reunited with Steve Rogers, having been personally defeated by Thanos, Tony Stark blamed him. The way he saw it, Earth could’ve been protected from Thanos if he’d been allowed to create a planet-wide security system like he proposed in Avengers: Age of Ultron. Tony told Steve, “What we needed was a suit of armor around the world! Remember that? Whether it impacted our precious freedoms or not, that’s what we needed! … I said we’d lose. You said, ‘We’ll do that together, too.’ Guess what, Cap, we lost. And you weren’t there.”

2 Best friends: “Do you trust me?” “I do.” (Avengers: Endgame)

The most important part of the “Time Heist” in Avengers: Endgame was traveling back to New York in 2012, because three Infinity Stones were there at that time: the Mind Stone, the Space Stone, and the Time Stone. Iron Man, Captain America, Ant-Man, and the Hulk were on this extraction team. The Hulk got the Time Stone and Cap got the Mind Stone, but Iron Man and Ant-Man dropped the ball on the Space Stone, accidentally allowing Loki to disappear with it. Tony concocted a plan to travel to a military base in 1970, where S.H.I.E.L.D. kept the Space Stone and Hank Pym had some Pym Particles that would allow them to get back to the present. Tony asked Steve, “Do you trust me?” and Steve said, “I do.”

1 Worst enemies: “He’s my friend.” “So was I.” (Captain America: Civil War)

When Tony Stark found out Bucky Barnes assassinated his parents when he was brainwashed by Hydra, all Tony wanted to do is kill Bucky. The truce the characters just made was immediately thrown out the window as a brutal fight erupted between Tony and Bucky. Steve Rogers had a choice to make. Tony is his new friend and comrade, but Bucky is his childhood best friend. Steve could either let Tony kill Bucky or fight Tony to save Bucky. He went with the latter option, because Bucky has been there for Steve since he was a kid. As he began fighting Tony, Steve said, “I’m sorry, Tony. You know I wouldn’t do this if I had any other choice, but he’s my friend.” Tony bluntly said, “So was I.”

NEXT: Avengers: Endgame: 5 Reasons Iron Man Got The Best Ending (& 5 Why Cap Did)


2019-11-22 03:11:17

Ben Sherlock

Avengers: Endgame: Morgan Stark Deleted Scene Coming To Disney+?

On Twitter, screenshots of a fabled Avengers: Endgame deleted scene featuring Katherine Langford as Morgan Stark have started circulating, with fans claiming that the scene will be included with the launch of Disney+. Fair warning: this post will discuss spoilers for the most recent Avengers movie.

Langford, who starred in the controversial Netflix drama 13 Reasons Why, was initially cast to play Tony Stark’s daughter Morgan Stark. While a young Morgan did appear in Avengers: Endgame, a scene featuring a more grown-up version of the character was ultimately cut from the film. According to earlier reports, Tony Stark’s Ironman would have met an older version of his daughter in the mystical Soul Stone world after assuming control of the Infinity Stones. Directors Anthony and Joe Russo previously revealed that the scene confused test viewers, as Langford had never before appeared as the character. In the end, the Russo brothers found another way to bid farewell to Ironman and Robert Downey Jr. After sacrificing his life in the climactic battle scene, Tony Stark instead appeared in a final farewell video message at his funeral, where he told his young daughter that he “loved her 3,000.” However, fans have been waiting a long time to see the deleted scene featuring Langford’s take on Morgan Stark.

Related: Avengers: Endgame – Read Tony Stark’s Goodbye Message In Full

Now, a number of Twitter users are sharing alleged screenshots that show Langford’s Morgan Stark in a deleted scene with directors’ commentary, which will reportedly be available with the launch of Disney+ on November 12. Screen Rant has not confirmed whether the screenshots are genuine. The screenshots show Morgan and Tony Stark meeting in the Soul Stone world. The video is titled “Deleted Scene with Directors’ Commentary: Tony at the Way Station.”

The screenshots reportedly come from Disney+ beta users, who have early access to the streaming platform. Previously, fans have imagined what the Tony and Morgan Stark deleted scene might look like. The new images show Morgan, surrounded by orange mist, appearing to Tony next to a blanket fort that appeared in an Avengers: Endgame scene. The images match similar sequences from Avengers: Infinity War, which showed Thanos meeting Gamora in the realm of the Soul Stone.

Fans eager to see the fabled deleted scene may not have to wait much longer. Disney+ recently revealed that the streaming release of Avengers: Endgame had been moved up to November 12. If the deleted scene is included with Avengers: Endgame special features when the streaming platform launches, fans may finally get to see the deleted scene they’ve been waiting for. However, the scene was not included in previous releases of Avengers: Endgame deleted scenes with the Blu Ray edition. That could mean two things: Disney has been saving the Katherine Langford-Morgan Stark deleted scene for the launch of Disney+, or the screenshots aren’t real, which means fans may never get to see Langford’s Avengers: Endgame scenes at all.

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2019-11-11 05:11:10

Timothy Beck Werth

Tony Stark’s Brother Leads Marvel’s New IRON MAN 2020

When the future superhero Iron Man 2020 was introduced, the year was still considered the far-off future. But with January marking the beginning of the year, Marvel is sticking true to their word, and launching the Robot Rebellion–and the hero destined to fight it. But it won’t be Tony Stark donning the suit. The role of Iron Man 2020 belongs to Arno Stark, Tony’s long-lost brother.

While most fans won’t know Arno, he first appeared in 1984 as an enemy of ‘Machine Man’ in his native time. He was originally a descendant of Tony Stark from one of Marvel’s many possible futures, who had bought out his relative’s company before deciding to work as a mercenary instead, wearing his own suit of armor (which should look familiar to anyone keeping up with the current story in Tony Stark: Iron Man).

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As for how he ended up in the present-day Marvel Universe, Kieron Gillen revealed in a 2013 story that Tony Stark is actually adopted, and that Arno was Howard and Maria Stark’s biological son. Poor Arno had been involved in wild sci-fi adventures before he was even born: when the Starks found he would not survive his delivery, the alien Recorder 451 offered to help. Unfortunately, his help involved turning their unborn son into a weapon at the price of dying when he turned thirty. Howard mixed up a “biococktail” to save Arno’s life, but the baby’s health quickly deteriorated and he was locked away in an iron lung for decades. In order to divert Recorder 451’s suspicions, Howard adopted another child, who would grow up to become the Iron Man we know and love. When he met Recorder 451, Tony discovered Arno’s existence and used his technology to let him leave the iron lung, and Arno continued to tinker with it until he developed superhuman endurance.

Now Arno is set to claim the role of Iron Man, after Tony Stark’s horrifying Ultron accident has destroyed his physical body, having already been cloned and implanted with the memories of the real Tony, before his death. It’s a strange place to begin, but the official plot synopsis and cover art (with a new variant from artist Ron Lim) for Iron Man 2020 confirms Marvel isn’t stopping now. Readers can find both below.

In IRON MAN 2020, the future has arrived, and Artificial Intelligences present a clear and present danger to humanity and must be brought to heel! As the Robot Rebellion battles for the establishment of robot rights, someone new will don the Iron Man suit: Arno Stark, the long-lost brother of Tony Stark.

But Arno Stark won’t be alone: War Machine, Rescue, Ironheart will all have roles to play in the new series. The Robot Rebellion will also feature some familiar robots from the Marvel Universe including Machine Man AKA Aaron Stack, Jocasta, the Vision, Albert (the robotic Wolverine character), Elsie-Dee, Machinesmith, Nick Fury LMDs, Death’s Head, the Mad Thinker and his Awesome Android, Quasimodo, H.E.R.B.I.E., the Dreadnaughts, Brynocki, Alkhema, and M-11.

  • IRON MAN 2020 #1
  • Release Date: January 2020
  • Written by DAN SLOTT & CHRISTOS GAGE
  • Art by: Pete Woods
  • Cover by: Pete Woods
  • IT’S A NEW IRON MAN FOR A NEW YEAR! The future is now! Artificial Intelligences present a clear and present danger to humanity and must be brought to heel! The Robot Rebellion battles for the establishment of robot rights! And Arno Stark IS Iron Man!

How will Tony Stark return to Marvel’s Universe in the future? And how will Arno do as a superhero, and against the robot uprising? To find out, fans will need to pick up the first issue, when Iron Man 2020 #1 arrives this January.

Next: How Iron Man Could Return To The MCU (Without Undoing His Death)


2019-10-27 04:10:42

Sam Scott

MCU: 10 Ridiculously Expensive Things That Tony Stark Has Bought

Anthony Edward ‘Tony’ Stark or Iron Man is perhaps the most popular character in the entire Marvel universe. With Robert Downey Jr.’s brilliant portrayal of Iron Man onscreen, Tony’s character gained immense popularity worldwide and is often dubbed as ‘the godfather of the Marvel cinematic universe.’

Born with a silver spoon in his mouth, Tony is also brilliantly gifted, a skilled inventor and a successful industrialist, and his lifestyle proves it. Tony Stark’s real estate, technology and car collection can make any billionaire fill with envy. Scroll below to see the 10 most ridiculously expensive things he has bought in the MCU.

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10 The sea-side mansion

Until the Mandarin attack in Iron Man 3, Tony Stark lived in a beautiful sea-side mansion that sat alone on a cliff, overlooking the ocean in Malibu. Built with a custom design, the house contained multiple living areas, Tony’s master bedroom, a gym, a helipad, a waterfall and a basement that served as his high-tech workshop.

Unlike your average mansion, Tony’s home was equipped with pioneering technology that he named JARVIS. JARVIS essentially turned this beautiful mansion into the best smart home ever, featuring cutting edge technology such as holograms to aid Tony’s research.

9 A string of aircrafts

While renting out private jets may seem like no big deal when it comes to billionaires and celebrities, Tony Stark takes his airborne vehicles game to a whole new level. His first private jet is introduced in the first Iron Man, a modified version of a Boeing 737. Unlike the normal 737’s, Stark’s plane came with poles which his air hostesses perform on.

Through the rest of the movies, the viewers also get to see Stark’s upgraded private jet that eventually gets destroyed and his cargo plane that is tasked to transfer material to his new facility. He is also seen with F-16 Fighting Falcons, a C-130 and a couple of helicopters.

Related: MCU: 7 Times Pepper & Tony Were The Best Couple (& 3 Times They Should’ve Broken Up)

8 Iron Man Suits

Suiting up yourself to save the world is one thing, creating 100s of technology powered suits to do the same is another. After perfecting his technology for the Iron Man suit, Tony proceeds to create dozens of empty suits that are fully controlled by JARVIS.

These suits often fight alongside him, help evacuate cities, and more often than not, console and aid Peter Parker in times of need. However, with the cutting-edge tech needed to build them, we are sure this is one of Stark’s most expensive project in the MCU.

7 Wine Cellar

Tony’s love for Dom Perignon is no secret in the Marvel franchise. Just like his expensive taste in champagne, Tony is attracted to extremely expensive bottles of wine.

In Iron Man 3, a lonely Tony sits in his cellar, surrounded by incredibly expensive bottles of wine. He sips on a glass of Hundred Acre Ark Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon. Not only is this bottle extremely costly, but also hard to acquire. You need to add your name on the company’s waiting list, and hope to get your hands on the bottle. Of course if you’re Tony Stark, nothing is ever unobtainable.

6 Robot Helpers

While scientists hire assistants or technicians to help them with research, Tony creates his own. Instead of hiring humans to help with his ongoing projects, Tony has a string of robots around his house to assist him.

Stark created his two robot helpers, Dum-E and U, in 1986 and 2009 respectively. Apart from aiding Tony in his research and executing precision work, these robots have been known to save Tony’s life more than once.

5 Acura 2012 Super car

At the end of the 2012 New York Avengers battle, Tony Stark can be seen driving away in an Acura 2012 with Bruce Banner in the passenger seat. This Stark Industries super car is custom built for Tony by Acura, and is one of a kind. It can drive up to 234 PPE in the city and 302 PPE on the highway.

The steering wheel comes with a palm-scan Id and the car is equipped with hologram technology that shows the surroundings. It is estimated to be worth around $10 million.

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4 Car Collection

Apart from the 2012 Acura, Tony has a fleet of 13 other uber expensive cars that sit in his garage. These cars include a 1932 Ford Flathead Roadster, an Audi R8, a 1953 Cadillac, a Rolls Royce Phantom, and even a Bugatti Veyron SS. He even bought the Audi R8 e-tron in both red and white and another Acura NSX.

3 Exquisite Watches

Every billionaire is known to flash an expensive wristwatch or two. However, Tony Stark has exhibited some of the finest watches in the Marvel Cinematic Universe.

Stark started slow in Iron Man adorning his wrist with Bulgari watches that didn’t seem to get much media attention. He then took it to the next level with his platinum Jaeger-LeCoultre AMVOX III Tourbillon GMT in Iron Man 2. In Spiderman Homecoming, Stark chose an exquisite Urwerk UR-110 RG, made of 18K rose gold.

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2 Art Collection

Tony’s sea-side Malibu mansion could fool anyone into thinking it was a modern art gallery. The mansion’s walls are adorned with artwork that could cause any collector envy. The abstract expressionist art and myriad sculptures around the house were all collected and curated by Pepper Potts, causing her much dismay when Stark decided to donate the entire collection to the Boy Scouts in Iron Man 2.

1 Avengers Headquarters

At the end of the first Avengers film, Tony Stark converts the Stark headquarters into a facility for the avengers. After the destruction of this property, Stark invests in another, much bigger estate for the Avengers.

This facility comes fully equipped with a conference room, multiple common areas, high tech labs for research, a shooting range, a rehab room, a gym, a room for each avenger and many other areas. With New York real estate prices, one can only imagine how big a dent these facilities put in Stark’s wallet.

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2019-10-06 01:10:52

Parakh Jain

Will Marvel’s IRON MAN Survive Tony Stark’s Death? | Screen Rant

Warning: SPOILERS for Tony Stark: Iron Man #16

Tony Stark’s death in Avengers: Endgame is still an open wound for millions of Marvel fans, but they may want to prepare for even more heartbreak with Iron Man in the comics, too. But look on the bright side: at least if THIS Tony Stark dies, it’s really just the death of a copy of the true Tony… who died already.

It’s hard to believe just how much has changed for Iron Man in Marvel’s Universe, following the Civil War II battle that saw Tony Stark get killed by Captain Marvel. When a new body was grown and Tony’s digital consciousness uploaded, it seemed like Marvel’s way of undoing the death (like so many before). But as the artificial nature of his body and brain has set in, Tony is questioning whether he’s ‘Tony’ at all. Which makes it the perfect time for Marvel to start hinting at his replacement–but who will wear the armor as Iron Man 2020?

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The latest issue of Tony Stark: Iron Man #16 ended on a massive twist, seeing Tony’s body merged with his Iron Man armor in classic body horror fashion. Ordinarily that would seem like the kind of trouble a genius like Tony could solve–if the same issue didn’t also make it clear that he doesn’t know how to. With his body destroyed, the question of whether Tony is a man or a program has never been more pressing. And the synopsis for Tony Stark: Iron Man #17 isn’t playing coy, showing which side of the equation Tony–sorry, Iron Man is likely to lean:

Whatever he is, he IS Iron Man. And he’s all that’s standing in the way of Ultron Pym and everyone that Tony Stark loves. Or loved. Because Tony might be dead. 2020 is coming. The robot revolution has begun. So suit up, fleshbags. Suit up or die.

The synopsis reminds fans that if Tony is unable to exist inside of his disfigured, tortured body, his decision to let it die can only be so tragic–because this isn’t Tony’s true body, anyway. That one died with him during Civil War II. But it’s the message that “2020 is coming” that may hold the real secret of Tony Stark’s death, assuming readers know what it’s referring to…

For fans who aren’t familiar with the 1984 story ‘Iron Man 2020,’ the name is given to the alternate universe version of the hero: Arno Stark, Tony’s brother in the (then-futuristic) world of 2020. And just as fans realized the year was approaching in the real world, Arno Stark returned to Marvel Comics to start scheming with a Stark corporate rival. Oh, and Tony created his newest prototype armor… the same one Arno wore as Iron Man 2020. With the digital, program version of Tony losing its grasp in a physical form, and the version of Iron Man made famous by Arno now taking form, has the time finally come for everyone (characters and readers) to accept Tony Stark’s death? And if there’s no longer any Tony, is it time for a different Iron Man to take the role?

The teases and suggestions that such a shift is coming next year are piling up, but the exact meaning is still vague. For instance, Arno Stark claiming the armor and role of Iron Man makes the most sense, but that doesn’t account for the digital Tony’s fate. Would Arno embrace his role as the villain everyone expects, and steal the spot from his long-dead brother? Or is it a chance for Tony to play digital assistant?

When CBR got the chance to ask writer Dan Slott about the ‘2020’ looming in the real world, and the growing uncertainty surrounding Iron Man, he didn’t shy away from showing his hand to readers. Referring back to the re-imagined version of the 2020 armor, and the growing manipulation and scheming of Tony’s brother Arno, Slott isn’t confirming anything…yet:

“The Ultron Agenda” goes all the way up to the end of 2019, and it will have dire repercussions for the Marvel Universe of the year 2020. It’s almost like it’s a major catalyst! [Laughs] Perhaps something major is going happen? Maybe these are books you should really be following now? You only get one 2020! We can do 2099 books whenever we want! We could do one, today, tomorrow, and even a few years from now… 2020 is no longer a future world. It’s now! Something is about to happen.

When Tony’s mind was free to do whatever it wanted in the virtual E-scape we saw him create the ultimate armor, the God-Killer. That armor had clockwork style cogs on the shoulders. How interesting? Plus, Arno Stark had broken into the system and seen all of this. It’s almost like month after month in 2019 we’ve been setting up this chain of dominoes.

How interesting, indeed. Even more interesting is the last issue of 2019’s “2020 Variant Cover” by artist Larry Stroman, depicting the Iron Man 20202 fans know from the comics… tearing Tony’s Iron Man Armor into pieces over his head. Just in case that’s a little too subtle, the full credits and plot synopsis confirm fans should prepare for a BIG change.

  • TONY STARK: IRON MAN #19
  • Written by: Dan Slott & Christos Gage
  • Art by: Francesco Manna
  • Cover by: Alexander Lozano
  • 2020 Variant Cover by: Larry Stroman
  • VARIANT COVER BY PETE WOODS
  • THE ULTRON AGENDA FINALE! What if there is no Tony Stark? What if there is only the Iron Man? At the end of 2019, the boundaries between man and machine are blurred and broken… and the Marvel Universe will be a very different place in the year 2020. A new Iron Age is coming… and you do NOT want to miss this pivotal issue.

Tony Stark: Iron Man #16 has officially begun the “Ultron Agenda” story, available in comic shops now. The next age of Iron Man will begin when Tony Stark: Iron Man #19 arrives on December 18th, 2019… and Iron Man 2020 begins.

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Source: CBR


2019-09-21 11:09:01

Andrew Dyce

Far From Home’s Tony Stark Scene Is More Important Than It Seemed

A pivotal scene in Spider-Man: Far From Home is proving even more important than it initially appeared to be, according to Tom Holland. The second entry in the franchise directed by Jon Watts set up a lot of moments which might not be followed up on, given the implications of the split between Sony and Marvel, but one of those moments stand out from the rest.

Far From Home benefited financially from its close association with Avengers: Endgame, exceeding expectations and breaking box office records. But it also received a boost from a narrative prospective as well. Taking place only months after the earth-shattering events of Endgame, the sequel to Homecoming follows a Peter Parker that’s even more uncertain of his place in the world than usual. Mourning the loss of his mentor, Tony Stark, Peter is torn between picking up the superhero mantle and living life as a regular teenager. The tension drives most of the film, leading to an extremely poignant scene which has been regarded by fans as one of the movie’s best.

Related: Finally, We Can Get A Proper Spider-Man Movie Again

Now, according to CBR, we’ve learned the scene was included in hopes that it would play a key role in further sequels. Speaking at a Comic-Con event over the weekend, Holland shed a bit of light on the bonding between Peter Parker and Jon Faverau’s Happy Hogan. “I think the best work I’ve ever done in any film is the scene with [Jon] Favreau on the plane, and that’s such a pivotal moment for the three films that we’re making — well, two films we’ve made, one film we’re making,” the actor explained. He added that he couldn’t say much more without veering into spoiler territory. And to be fair, Tom Holland’s been guilty of spoiling things in the past.

In the scene which Holland mentions, Happy Hogan comes to the rescue of an overwhelmed and beaten down Peter Parker. Doubting himself after the betrayal of Mysterio, and having inadvertently placed his friends in danger, Peter is dismissive of his ability to fill the void created by Tony Stark’s death. Happy Hogan has no such misgivings though, telling Peter that Tony second-guessed everything but he never second-guessed the decision to choose Peter as his successor. It’s a deeply emotional scene, both cathartic, and a little meta in how it seemingly positioned Spider-Man as the future of the Marvel Cinematic Universe.

There’s no telling what that future will look like now. Each day brings new developments, both big and small, on the ongoing controversy surrounding Marvel’s most famous character. Despite claims of finality from Kevin Feige, there is still a chance a deal could be reached. There are numerous theories from fans, including the idea that Marvel purposefully embedded Spider-Man so deeply into the MCU with the intention of making a split that much more difficult. But, at this point, very little is confirmed. At least on one front, thanks to Tom Holland, fans have confirmation that a standout scene in Far From Home was every bit as instrumental as it was poignant.

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Source: CBR


2019-08-27 04:08:11

Abdullah Al-Ghamdi

Russos Joke About Killing Tony Stark Earlier in Response to Fake News

The Russo brothers respond to a fake quote circulating online about always knowing they’d kill Iron Man in Avengers: Endgame by joking that the original plan was to kill him in Captain America: Civil War. Anthony and Joe Russo joined the Marvel Cinematic Universe with 2014’s Captain America: The Winter Soldier, and it wasn’t long before Marvel Studios put them in charge of their biggest properties.

Many view Civil War more as Avengers 2.5 than the third Captain America film, and it proved to be the Russos’ last stepping stone to directing an actual Avengers film. They directed Avengers: Infinity War and Avengers: Endgame, and have spent almost all their time for the last half-decade in the MCU. They’re responsible for redefining Captain America in the 21st century, breaking up the Avengers, and killing several heroes along the way. The most notable of them all is Iron Man, because of not only his status in the MCU but also the circumstances surrounding his death.

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Tony Stark snapping his fingers to wipe out Thanos’ army was a heartbreaking, but satisfying, end to his journey. While some have questioned if this was the best way and the right time for Iron Man to leave the MCU, that’s the decision the Russos made. They’ve been asked countless times about their thought process behind it, to the point where a fake quote from them started to circulate online. The quote claimed that Joe Russo knew Iron Man had to die back when he saw The Avengers for the first time, but also that he doesn’t even like him as a character. The Russos debunked this quote on Twitter after it started trending, and jokingly said they wanted to kill him off back in Civil War.

The Russos have been very open about all the different versions of their stories they thought about, but they’ve never mentioned wanting Iron Man to die in Civil War. They have said they considered killing Captain America in the movie, just as he died at the end of the comic story. The comic precedent is why many expected Tony to die in Civil War though, as it would flip the comic and surprise audiences. But, that doesn’t appear to be something they ever actually considered while developing the film. While this comment does seem to be made in jest, the joke does present a wild hypothetical where Iron Man is absent from almost all of Phase 3 of the MCU.

Since he’s such a significant character in the franchise, Tony’s absence after Captain America: Civil War would’ve completely changed what came after. For starters, either Captain America or Bucky could’ve been responsible for the death, making them murderers and fugitives. Spider-Man would then be without Iron Man’s help and protection, while all of Earth would be without its biggest hero. This would leave someone like Doctor Strange to take on the responsibility. Furthermore, it would spell doom for the entire universe, as Tony wouldn’t have been able to solve time travel and defeat Thanos with a snap of his own. Luckily for fans and the characters in the MCU, Iron Man did stick around through Avengers: Endgame to save the day.

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Source: Russo Brothers



2019-07-29 04:07:43

Cooper Hood

Far From Home Turned Happy Hogan Into A Better Uncle Ben Than Tony Stark

Spider-Man: Far From Home turned Happy Hogan into a better Uncle Ben-figure than Tony Stark was for Peter Parker. Since the wall-crawler joined the Marvel Cinematic Universe, many of his classic comic book tropes (which were hallmarks of Sam Raimi and Marc Webb’s Spider-Man movies) were abandoned in order to create a Spider-Man who was very specific to the MCU. Uncle Ben was left on the wayside; he certainly existed and died in the past but his influence on Peter’s life as Spider-Man has been minimal. Instead, Peter has modeled himself after his mentor Tony Stark, who died to save the world in Avengers: Endgame.

Meanwhile, Happy Hogan has been part of the MCU since the very beginning; he appeared in Iron Man as Tony’s chauffeur and bodyguard, but his duties largely became unnecessary when Tony turned himself into a world-famous superhero who wears a technologically advanced suit of armor. Since Jon Favreau also directed the first two Iron Man movies, it was understandable why he kept Happy as a comic relief background character; while James Rhodes got to become War Machine and join Tony as an Avenger, Happy stayed behind with Pepper Potts as the Head of Security for Stark Industries.

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However, Happy’s depth of character really began to shine in Spider-Man: Homecoming when Tony gave him a crucial assignment: “Watch over the kid”, i.e. be Peter Parker’s liaison to Tony Stark. Happy openly resented being a babysitter to a 15-year-old but he did what he was told to do and escorted the kid to Germany during Captain America: Civil War. in Homecoming, Happy took the job of moving the Avengers’ equipment out of Avengers Tower into the new Compound upstate more seriously than the constant stream of text updates Peter would barrage him with. But after Spider-Man stopped the Vulture from stealing the Avengers’ technology – thereby saving Happy’s job – Hogan came to admire Peter as much as Tony did. This really set the stage for what Happy Hogan would transition into: he essentially became Peter’s new Uncle Ben in Spider-Man: Far From Home and it’s a role Happy is ideally suited for.

Many fans miss Uncle Ben’s presence in Spider-Man’s life since he was the one who instilled the credo “With great power comes great responsibility” into Peter – which is a crucial building block missing from the MCU’s Spidey. Instead, Tony Stark slid into the Uncle Ben role; wanting to “impress Mr. Stark” in Civil War and Spider-Man: Homecoming was Peter’s primary motivation. In Far From Home, fear of not being able to live up to Tony’s legacy as “the next Iron Man” was partly why Peter insisted on remaining on vacation with his friends in Europe. But while Spider-Man benefits from Tony’s technology, Stark himself was lacking as a mentor on a personal level. Despite his genuine affection for Peter, the only real life wisdom Tony ever shared with the kid was when he scolded him, “If you’re nothing without the [Spider-Man] suit, then you shouldn’t have it.” After all, it was really Tony who was drawing inspiration from Peter because of his core of goodness and his “Bruce Springsteen working man’s vibe I kinda dig”.

But when Peter was at his most desperate in Far From Home, it was Happy he called for help and that felt right. Happy not only came to the rescue with Stark’s plane and tech, but he also took the time to emotionally connect to Peter by shedding light on what “a mess” Tony really was and yet picking Peter to be his protege and successor was the one thing Tony didn’t second-guess. This was the kick in the pants Peter needed to prevail and the crucial point is Happy encouraged Peter to be Spider-Man, not Iron Man. Happy then went the extra mile by personally helping Peter’s friends survive Mysterio’s evil plan. On an even more personal note, Happy is also in love with Aunt May, an affection she may not entirely reciprocate, but May and Happy is an exciting potential relationship for two supporting characters who both lost someone important to them and could benefit from personal happiness in their lives.

Ultimately, by dying, Tony Stark fulfilled the classic Uncle Ben role for Peter. But because the MCU continues to forge a new path for Spider-Man – especially now that his secret identity was made public in Spider-Man: Far From Home‘s end-credits scene – Happy Hogan is the Uncle Ben figure who will be there for Peter day-in-and-day-out.

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2019-07-24 04:07:05

John Orquiola

Tony Stark Misses Captain America’s Optimism in New Endgame Spot

Tony Stark (Robert Downey Jr.) misses Captain America’s (Steve Rogers) “giddy optimism” in a newly-released Avengers: Endgame TV Spot. It’s been a tumultuous last couple of years for the MCU heroes following their falling out in Captain America: Civil War. But after suffering a devastating loss to Thanos in Avengers: Infinity War, the two seems to be ready to set aside their differences for the common good in the much-anticipated Joe and Anthony Russo-directed film. Written by Christopher Markus and Stephen McFeely, the project will wrap up the 22-film arc that the franchise has been treading since 2008’s Iron Man collectively known as The Infinity Saga.

Plot details are still tightly under wraps with Disney’s marketing designed to not give anything away in terms of Endgame‘s narrative. Infinity War was one of the most secretive productions ever, and with its sequel supposedly having more spoilers, it makes sense that Marvel Studios is doubling down on security. Trailers have barely revealed anything about how things pan out for both the remaining heroes and Thanos. But the TV spots, which have been rolling out regularly for the past several days offering fans an idea on what to expect in the Phase 3 capper. The latest promo clip previews what kind of dynamic the two MCU founding heroes will have in the film.

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Shared by Marvel Studios‘ official Twitter account is a new Endgame TV spot composed of old and new footage. The clip starts with an emotional narration from Black Widow explaining how she never had the family, but because of the Avengers, she somehow found people she can totally trust. The video continues with a flurry of scenes and ends with a new dialog from Tony, seemingly telling Steve that he misses Steve Rogers’ “giddy optimism.” Watch the clip below:

Fans have seen the particular exchange between Iron Man and Captan America in a couple of previously released clips, but Marvel Studios continues to change the lines in the scene. In an earlier video, Stark was asking Steve about getting the whole team together, while in another, he says it would be nice to not die trying to execute their plan to take down Thanos. With the Russos admitting footage manipulation for the sake of Endgame‘s marketing, it won’t be surprising if nothing in these spots are in the film – at least in the scene in question. Nonetheless, it’s a great promotional material considering people’s investment in these two characters – both in their separate and collective arcs. Infinity War kept them separate all throughout with just minor references to one another, and seeing them reunite for the Phase 3 capper will definitely be one of the most powerful scenes in the project. And if they retain the same vibe that these exchanges have, it’s safe to say that the heroes will be able to recover from their previous conflict and not have a problem operating as a unit.

Stark and Rogers are two heroes expected to exit the MCU via Avengers: Endgame. While most are convinced that they’ll both die fighting the good fight, there are several other ways to sideline them without the need to permanently write them out of the franchise. If anything, no one’s really gone in the world of comic books and if Marvel Studios wants to emulate that, they would also have to somehow follow the same format. Chances are that although fans won’t be seeing them as prominently as they are in the franchise in the coming years, they can easily be called back for another event film to evoke nostalgia from their long-time supporters.

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Source: Marvel Studios



2019-04-22 05:04:58

Ana Dumaraog

Tony Stark Doesn’t Want to Die in Avengers: Endgame TV Spot

A brand new Avengers: Endgame TV spot features Tony Stark telling Steve Rogers that it would be nice to accomplish their upcoming mission without dying. In a week, Marvel Studios crowning jewel will finally hit theaters all over the globe. Preceded by 21 other movies all somehow connected to the upcoming narrative, the project will be the culmination of everything that has transpired in the franchise for the last 10 years. Directed by Joe and Anthony Russo with the script written by Christopher Markus and Stephen McFeely, plot specifics for the film is still tightly under wraps, but fans are expecting an emotional roller coaster ride with the movie supposedly being the last outing for some of the MCU’s founding heroes including its inaugural one, Iron Man.

Kicking off the the superhero franchise in Jon Favreau’s Iron Man in 2008, Stark remains the poster boy of the universe despite the influx of all other loveable characters. His first film set the overall tone for the MCU, and while he’s stepped back a bit to let new players take the center stage, it’s no secret that he’s still an integral part of the narrative, particularly this upcoming one. Stark has gone through a lot of ups and downs over the course of a decade, but Thanos winning in Avengers: Infinity War is arguably the lowest point of his life as a superhero as it forced him to live out his worst nightmare. With another chance to defeat the Mad Titan, fans can expect that he, alongside the rest of the remaining heroes, will stop at nothing to avenge the fallen. But, as he says in a new promo clip, it would be nice not dying doing it.

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In the freshly-released Endgame TV spot, a gray-haired Stark meets Rogers in Avengers HQ and tells him that they’re “trying to pull off something damn near impossible and to not die trying would be nice.” Fans have already seen a snippet of the same shot in previous promo clips, but this is the first time that its dialogue is revealed. At another video, Tony makes sure that they’re getting the whole team together presumably for the same mission. Watch the clip shared on YouTube via Marvel Talk below:

The video overall is a mix of old and new footage and elsewhere in it, there’s a never-before-seen shot of Captain Marvel blasting to the skies with her helmet on and seemingly in her Binary form. Meanwhile, another interesting shot is still an older-looking Stark discreetly flicking a shrunken Ant-Man. This particular scene is more likely in connection to that famous  leaked set images for Avengers 4 where Stark, Captain America (in his old suit), a fully-transformed Hulk and Ant-Man convene in the middle of rubble. A different batch of photos hinted that Stark may be undercover as a S.H.I.E.L.D. operative during Loki’s arrest after the Battle of New York.

Regardless of what Stark and his team’s plan is to take down Thanos and restore peace and order in the universe, what’s certain is that it won’t be easy. Judging by the existence of Spider-Man: Far From Home, it’s safe to assume that they will accomplish it in Avengers: Endgame. But that doesn’t mean that they won’t suffer any losses. Despite his cocky nature, Stark has almost always been willing to lay his life down the line to ensure a win for the good guys, and if he does bite the bullet with this one, at least fans know it’s for the greater good. That said, his death will still be very difficult to watch with the future of the MCU forever changed if he’s no longer around.

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Source: Marvel Studios (via Marvel Talk)


2019-04-19 03:04:37

Ana Dumaraog