Why was there no mention of an Iron Man-related subplot in Avengers: Endgame? In the 2019 Infinity Saga-capper directed by Joe and Anthony Russo, Robert Downey Jr.’s MCU hero completed his arc. While Endgame did a fantastic job with his touching, albeit heartbreaking, send-off, there is one storey about him that the film omitted to address.
Missing Iron Man Story
Tony Stark’s death is one of the most heartbreaking in the MCU, but Marvel Studios skillfully justified it by demonstrating how dying for a larger cause fits within his personal path. Endgame also did a fantastic job of resolving any unresolved issues with the hero, including allowing him to reconcile with his father, Howard Stark (John Slattery). The reappearance of Binary Augmented Retro-Framing, or B.A.R.F., is one Iron Man-related plotline that was left out of the film. The technology, first seen in Captain America: Civil War, was expected to have a role in the upcoming movie. A prop branded as such was also observed on the set of Endgame as they were filming the New York leg of Endgame’s time heist, in addition to the Russos stating that it will reappear in the Infinity Saga-capper. But, in the end, it was nowhere to be found; the blockbuster didn’t even mention it.
Why was it slashed?
Most likely, it was all a ruse by the Russo Brothers to divert attention away from the true tale of Endgame. Marvel Studios went to tremendous measures to keep the film’s secrets hidden. They didn’t even disclose the title or begin promotion for the film until it was only four months away from opening in theatres. The filmmakers may have purposefully brought up the technology in the film to leave viewers guessing about how it ties into the storey. Meanwhile, knowing well well that set photographs would ultimately make their way online because they were filming outside a studio, the item identified as B.A.R.F. was also part of their plot. Instead, the technology was included in the film Spider-Man: Far From Home, where it was revealed that Quentin Beck (Jake Gyllenhaal) was the creator of the trauma assistance system. He was so enraged that he devised a complex scheme with other disgruntled ex-Stark Industries employees to steal Even Dead I’m The Hero/E.D.I.T.H.
There’s no hint that B.A.R.F. will return to the MCU after the Infinity Saga. It’s unclear who has access to it at this time, especially since Tony moved from Avengers HQ to a simple cottage in Avengers: Endgame. What’s more, it could be extremely beneficial to select characters in the MCU who are currently suffering from trauma, such as Wanda Maximoff (Elizabeth Olsen) and Bucky Barnes (Sebastian Stan).