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Why Marvel Keeps Sidelining Tony Stark’s Family

The MCU took off with Tony Stark donning the iconic red and gold costume for the first time in “Iron Man”. Since  then, the character embarked on an epic adventure across the MCU while battling his own demons, the monsters he unintentionally created, and facing threats from all over the universe. The climax of it all occurs in “Avengers: Endgame,” when Tony offers the greatest sacrifice in order to prevent Thanos from destroying the universe. However, it has now been noted that Marvel keeps side-lining one of the best parts of Endgame’s story: Tony Stark’s family. Here are the details:

American actor and producer, Robert Downey Jr. as Tony Stark in the MCU.
American actor and producer, Robert Downey Jr.

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All about Tony Stark in Endgame:

Robert Downey Jr as Iron Man in Avengers: Endgame.
Robert Downey Jr as Iron Man in Avengers: Endgame.

Before Tony Stark made the ultimate sacrifice in Avengers: Endgame, Marvel Studios took care to wrap up all the loose ends. The time heist allowed Tony and his father, Howard Stark, to reconcile again. Additionally, Stark patched his relationship with Steve Rogers following their conflict in Captain America: Civil War. However, focusing on his personal life was probably the most significant thing Tony was able to do in the movie. Iron Man eventually found enough time for his family after Thanos’ victory in Avengers: Infinity War. He married Pepper Potts and had a child with her, Morgan, in the five years following the Titan’s snap.

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How Marvel ignored Tony Stark’s family:

Tony Stark with Pepper Potts.
Tony Stark with Pepper Potts.

Tony’s position as a parent was only briefly explored in Avengers: Endgame, but it was evident that he was superb in his capacity during those brief intervals. Unfortunately, this is a part of the character’s backstory that is frequently ignored by the makers. Although this may sound lame, but  Iron Man was even missing from the list of MCU dads that were honoured on Father’s Day in this year’s Marvel’s social media post. The fact that the greeting made reference to the toxic and aggressive Thanos as a father made the whole thing even worse.

Several MCU characters were also treated with a fatherly inclination by Tony Stark. As the one who created J.A.R.V.I.S. and Vision, he was regarded as their parent. He also had a more conventional guardian relationship with Nebula and, notably, Peter Parker. It’s worth noting that Tony didn’t initially seem like he would make a good father. He was regarded as selfish and had a tough relationship with his own father. However, just like everything else, he  ended up excelling in the job. He served as a role model for Spider-Man, and Nebula benefited greatly from his influence. Thus, b ecause of the bonds he developed with some of his colleagues, Tony Stark should have an impact on the MCU that goes beyond his death sacrifice.

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