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– by Seth McDonald

We are just over two weeks away from what will likely be the greatest assembly of known superheroes to ever hit the big screen, Avengers Infinity War. The stakes are high folks, while we know the film will give us some iconic scenes, it is also going to take some superheroes away from us. Directors Joe and Anthony Russo recently spoke with The Telegraph India, and talked about the stakes for one character in particular, the character that launched the Marvel Cinematic Universe, Tony Stark/Iron Man.

Anthony Russo:

“(Robert) Downey (Jr.) is such a remarkable performer, and we really love him as a performer and what he’s done with the character. The character started as a very narcissistic, self-centered character. His arc in the first movie was to just begin to take a step beyond that, and we’ve continued him along that line in his journey that he’s had to the point where at the opening of Infinity War, his personal life is very thick. The stakes of his relationship with Pepper (Potts) are very high now. Also the fact that he’s had this mentor relationship with Peter Parker, it’s as if his personal life is becoming fuller and more important to him than it ever had before. And that’s an interesting counterpoint to his life as Iron Man, and also his life as Iron Man is a potential threat to that personal life as well. What’s happening with Tony Stark in this film is that he’s beginning to feel the tension between those two things, and that’s a difficult conflict for him.”

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Joe Russo went on to talk about Tony Stark’s connection to 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.”

Tony Stark has been there since the beginning and I do think he feels an extra obligation to stop Thanos, even on top of the heavy personal burdens he is bearing. While we know not all of the Avengers will survive the film, I do think Tony Stark will make it, I could, of course, be wrong, but I think his mentoring of Spider-Man will allow him to move into a more advisory type role within the MCU.

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Source: The Telegraph India