It’s been well over a week since Disney and Marvel Studios unleashed the massive juggernaut that is Avengers: Endgame upon the movie-going masses. As the film continues to chalk up record after record–including its steady approach to kick Avatar off its throne and claim the top spot as highest grossing film of all-time–the filmmakers have made the rounds discussing the angle they took with this definitive chapter in the MCU. Over the weekend, writers Christopher Markus and Stephen McFeely sat down with the Los Angeles Times to discuss their approach in closing the book on three standout characters: Steve Rogers, Tony Stark, And Natasha Romanoff.
In regards to the fate of Tony Stark/Iron Man, Markus had this to say:
“We always knew we wanted him to bring it on himself as opposed to being killed by Thanos. Because it’s really the one thing left for him to do, in a way. The five-year jump allowed him to become this fully realized human: He married Pepper, he had a child, he basically retired from public life and lived a very peaceful existence out there in the country. We knew he was going to die but we wanted to put it in his hands as opposed to someone else’s. We didn’t always know that the Infinity Stones were going to be what caused it, but once we worked out the mechanics of it with the nano particle suit that both the gauntlet and his suit were made out of, it all worked too perfectly not to do.”
With Romanoff/Black Widow’s fate, the writers faced mixed and emotional reactions. The two went into detail why and how it compares to the fates of Stark and Rogers:
Markus: “I understand she was a beloved character and none of us want our heroes to die. But that is the natural end of her journey and it is the sort of apotheosis of who she is becoming. She started out as a very dark character. Even before the movies begin, she’s a spy, she’s an assassin. She has red in her ledger and to take her all the way to that sacrifice point is where her character is headed. And to not let her do that seemed a disservice to her as a hero.”
McFeely: “Right. We couldn’t be afraid to kill her simply because she was the most important and the first female character. Again, the goal with all these things is just to put these people on a journey or continue or end their journeys. Steve Rogers goes from selfless to slightly more self-interested. Tony goes from selfish to giving himself for the universe. Thor goes from obligated to letting go of that obligation. And Black Widow goes from a woman with red on her ledger to clearly wiping out all that red.”
And finally, Markus touched on the character the writing duo has been closely aligned with in its Marvel career. Having written his entire trilogy, he explained their finale and closure for Steve Rogers/Captain America:
“We’ve been with Steve Rogers since his first movie and to see him finally get some measure of peace … I mean, as upright and upstanding a character and as relatively positive as he is, he’s had nothing but sacrifice. He has put himself aside at every turn. And to feel that satisfaction of him finally going back and getting with Peggy and experiencing that makes me very happy.”
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Source: Los Angeles Times