The writers Christopher Markus and Stephen McFeely of Avengers: Endgame revealed that they actually considered keeping Iron Man (Tony Stark ) alive. The inaugural Superhero of MCU first appeared in Jon Favreau’s Iron Man more than a decade ago. Stark went over a series of dangerous struggles and experiences over the years as he became more serious about his role as a superhero. He met his end by wielding the power of all the six infinity stones to erase Thanos from the face of the Universe.
The President of Marvel Studios, Kevin Feige along with the Creatives, admitted that they had already decided the fate of Iron Man back in 2016 itself. Robert Downey was initially dubious when the directors ( the Russo brothers) first pitched the character’s narrative to him. However, he settled on the idea over time which resulted in one of the best exits any Marvel Heroes could have.
While on an interview with Canada.com, the writers admitted to considering on letting the character live as Tony Stark may have many untold stories still. But, the idea was dismissed on the note that a heroic death would be befitting to a character that has truly grown over the past 11 years.
What the writers missed out in their justification is that Tony Stark was willing to sacrifice his life for the Universe. Like, in The Avengers, when he passed through the New York City portal to stop the nuclear bomb; or the time when he sought Thanos in Avengers: Infinity Wars just to make sure that Thanos does not reach Earth. He had a series of near-death experiences all throughout his life but kept pushing his limits and trying his luck every time.
Seeing him go in Avengers: Endgame was heart-breaking for all of his fans, but the sacrificial role he played, in the end, was the best way to wrap Tony Stark’s character. The Marvel Studios did a great job in ending the Infinity Saga with the death of the Superhero who was the first, to begin with.