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"There was no other way": Tony Stark's tale comes full circle in 'Avengers: Endgame' (SPOILER FILLED)
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The wait for a cinematic event over a decade in the making has come to an end. Over the course of the year-long wait for Avengers: Endgame, there was much speculation about how the Infinity Saga would draw to a close. Fans everywhere, this one included, oscillated between the events that that could occur from the moment Thanos snapped his fingers and wiped out half of life in the universe, and the Avengers reversing the effects. But there was one constant outcome: Tony Stark had to sacrifice himself to do it.

You’re not the guy to make the sacrifice play, to lay down on a wire and let the other guy crawl over you

From the moment he first donned the Iron Man suit Tony Stark has gone through various changes, but the heart of his character is still his motivation. He’d always been driven by guilt. He saw his life’s work developing weapons of war at Stark Industries and saw it merited nothing but destruction. In the face of that realization, he became a walking, talking deterrent. As new additions entered his life - his love Pepper Potts, Peter Parker - who was like a son to Tony - and countless others he cared for, his guilt continued to grow. When he felt he couldn’t do enough, he walked away, but even after initiating the Clean Slate Protocol in Iron Man 3 and destroying all his suits, he couldn’t shake what he knew was coming.

I wasn’t tricked, I was shown. It wasn’t a nightmare, it was my legacy

Tony’s legacy has been a running point of conversation since the MCU began, & it was never more important than in Avengers: Age of Ultron. The vision shown to him by Scarlet Witch gave him a look at the worst version of that legacy - one where The Avengers are dead, and Steve Rogers telling Tony he could have saved them. Tony, being the embodiment of noble arrogance, believed his inactions would destroy everything, clouding his judgment so badly that he stopped thinking about the repercussions of his actions. He wanted to leave behind a world that was safer because of him to calm the chaos that came at the hands of his weapons. He could never walk away.

I hope they remember you.

In the five years since Thanos’ snap, Tony settled down with Pepper and had a daughter, Morgan. He seemed to have moved on, accepted defeat & chose to embrace his second chance with his family. But he’s built new armor (Mark 85, the 85th Iron Man armor. The one in Infinity War is Mark 50), along with a surprise armored suit for Pepper. He can’t sleep when the Avengers inform them of their plan to retrieve the stones, so much he stays up all night figuring out how to make the “time heist” work. At the end of it all, he saw his chance to repair his legacy and restore the world he aimed to protect, and he needed to be there to see it through.

I am Iron Man

Part of me believed Tony’s sacrifice would come as a result of reversing Thanos’ snap, but I realized some time ago that’s not a sacrifice; that’s penance. Just as Thor decapitating Thanos was an empty gesture brought on by not killing him in Infinty War, Tony sacrificing himself for his failures might have changed how he was remembered, but not the person he was - the man who fought for himself. So when he learns from Doctor Strange that they’ve reached their desired outcome, he makes a choice: he charges at Thanos, rips the stones from the Mad Titan and snaps his fingers; not to erase the sins of his past or to ensure “peace in our time” for himself, but because it’s his job to save the world and its future, even if he isn’t there to see it.

The last words Tony uttered before expiring were the same he used to announce his arrival to the world, but this time, it wasn’t an act of self-aggrandizement. It was simply the truth to Thanos’ lie: he wasn’t inevitable, because Tony Stark is Iron Man.

Ball Don't Lie EP 46 - The Marathon Continues

Pierce and Scott remember the life of a West Coast legend, the late, great Nipsey Hussle. Then, Nitzan Bluvstein from the Count the Dings' Friday Mailbag & the Daily Ding and Ruthless Aggression's Chris Novak joins the pod to talk the Marvel Cinematic Universe and tell you to buy your fuckin Endgame tickets already.

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Don't make the same mistake walking into Avengers: Endgame that you did with Infinity War

10 years after Jon Favreau’s Iron Man kickstarted what would become the Marvel Cinematic Universe, Marvel Studios’ most ambitious crossover, Avengers: Infinity War served as the culmination of a decade of world-building. It’s the crown jewel for comic book fans and those who embarked on the cinematic journey from the beginning (If you weren’t in tune with the MCU but went through the first 18 films prior to seeing Infinity War, welcome aboard! It’s good to have you!)

The critically-acclaimed film broke box office records, and became the talk of the summer on social media (today’s water cooler). But in accordance with the established, universal laws of enjoyment, there were some who didn’t obsess over the third Avengers film. I’m all for disliking things; healthy criticism promotes debate & it helps with the growth of any medium/artist, but it has to have merit. Which brings us to the most ridiculous condemnation of Infinity War…

“Why do I have to watch the other MCU movies to fully understand Infinity War?”

Let me start by being blunt… it’s a ridiculous question. You can’t complain when you chose to enter the saga 19 films in. Nobody said you had to be there from the beginning or spend every waking moment thinking about the universe, but to willingly ignore them before seeing Infinity War and using your lack of preparedness to complain is moronic. Keep crying about it. YOUR TEARS NOURISH ME!

I’m a firm believer that there’s an opposing reaction to everything. While I’m absolutely certain that a portion of those who subscribed to this asinine critique were actually ignorant enough to think they could drop in and be spoon fed everything, I also think there’s another reason this happened: people erroneously believed Infinity War was a direct sequel. It picks up in the timeline directly following Thor: Ragnarok and brings seeds that were planted as far back as 2012’s The Avengers. The plot centers around Thanos’ search for the six infinity stones, five of which have appeared in various MCU movies over the course of the last 10 years. Yes, sometimes sequels tend to contain quick re-introductions for all the base players but, again, INFINITY WAR IS NOT A SEQUEL; It is the 19th issue of an ongoing series.

The 18 that were released before it - a few stand-alone installments aside - were integral to the film’s completion. The MCU operates much like typical comic book crossover events that are set up by issues contained within individual character’s runs. There’s a list of specific titles that you can use to obtain enough surface level knowledge needed to understand Infinity War , but the full effect is only felt by having seen all of them. There is no logical reason to believe you’ll comprehend it if you’ve seen none of them, though. If you’re hell bent on considering a sequel, then the most honest way to do that is to believe it’s a sequel to every single film in the Marvel Cinematic Universe that came before it. That holds infinitely more truth than it being a direct sequel to any one release.

Since I’m a humanitarian who genuinely believes in helping people and not because this entire “critique” has annoyed me far more than the narrative that Drake has classic album (editor’s note: Nothing Was the Same exists), I write this piece to all of you as an disclaimer. We are just months away from the release of Avengers: Endgame, which is intended to wrap up phase 3 of the MCU & close out important storylines 10 years in the making. It’s been rumored for a while now that there might be a time travel element to the film that will have our heroes revisiting previous incidents. If you haven’t AT LEAST watched the most vital entry’s in the MCU, then you’re gonna be even more lost walking out of Endgame. Please do not go see Captain Marvel and walk into Avengers because you think it’s the next one in line. I really don’t want to have this conversation again.

The Looking Glass - "Thanos stay in Strawberry"

X, Church, Brandon, and Ken break down the Avengers 4 and Captain Marvel trailers & other movie announcements, recap the Game Awards, and more nerd news on Looking Glass this week!

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