We Can Blame Robert Downey Jr. for One Hero’s Death in Infinity War – Marvel’s Russian Roulette Was a ‘Gut Punch’ for Tony Stark

The characters who turned to dust were determined by the writers based on a game of cards.

We Can Blame Robert Downey Jr. for One Hero's Death in Infinity War - Marvel's Russian Roulette Was a 'Gut Punch' for Tony Stark

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  • Avengers: Infinity War and Avengers: Endgame became a sense of reality for the characters within the franchise
  • Peter Parker's turning into dust was purely done to affect Tony Stark, while Bucky was killed off to impact Steve Rogers.
  • Even if they wanted to, the six Avengers were not turned to dust to focus on the main heroes' stories in the second film.
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Robert Downey Jr.’s Iron Man has shined in various films of the Marvel Cinematic Universe. However, if there are any movies where he has outdone himself, they are the last two Avengers films. Avengers: Infinity War and Avengers: Endgame were two films that not only took the world by storm but became a sense of reality for the characters within the franchise as well.

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Robert Downey Jr
Robert Downey Jr. in Avengers: Infinity War

Before these films, the heroes were not used to losing. They had a sense of mortality, yes, but it did not come with a cost. The cost became all too clear by the end of the first film of this duology. One that took half the entire universe away for five years. It would seem, though, that the characters who turned to dust were determined in a rather interesting manner. A game of cards.

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Robert Downey Jr. Became the Reason for Peter Parker’s Death

In Avengers: Infinity War there was the challenge of how many characters they had to balance in one, or two, films. It was not only their narratives that came into play but how they impacted other characters as well as the audiences.

Kevin Feige, as per MCU: The Reign of Marvel Studios, gathered up the Russo Brothers, Stephen McFeely, and Christopher Markus alongside executive producer Trinh Tran. All of these people sat in a room with a bunch of cards placed. They had the actors’ salaries alongside their faces and they came to decide accordingly who would stay and who would go.

Tom Holland's emotional scene in Avengers: Infinity War
Tom Holland’s emotional scene in Avengers: Infinity War

Whether one would need another contract or not and so on. However, Peter Parker’s turning into dust was purely done so as to make sure it affected Robert Downey Jr.’s Tony Stark directly. This indeed became his driving force for Avengers: Endgame, where his photo became a reminder for him to save humanity.

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Similarly, Tchalla was turned to dust to break the audience. Even Bucky Barnes was killed off to impact Steve Rogers. All these deaths served a dual purpose. Not only were they crushing for those outside of the silver screen but also those within.

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The Avengers Remained

MCU: The Reign of Marvel Studios also mentioned the role that the main six Avengers had to play. Even if they wanted to, they chose not to turn the six heroes into dust by the end of Avengers: Infinity War. The purpose of the same was that it would allow them to focus on the main heroes in the second film.

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Chris Evans as Captain America in a still from Avengers: Infinity War
Chris Evans as Captain America in a still from Avengers: Infinity War

Not only that, it would serve as a concluding storyline for all six of them, allowing them to wrap their eras in a grandiose manner. It would bring to light the stories of Tony Stark, Steve Rogers, Bruce Banner, Natasha Romanoff, Clint Barton, and Thor Odinson. The story would come to fruition with their sacrifices, their love, the care they put in, and their dedication to saving the world no matter what.

Also Read: Only One Non-Avenger Movie in MCU History Got the Same Promotional Budget as Avengers Movies and It’s Not Robert Downey Jr’s Iron Man 3

Adya Godboley

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An avid writer fluent in everything Marvel, Adya Godboley is an Assistant Anime Content Lead for FandomWire. She has rich experience in critically analyzing all that is said in between the lines. Hopelessly obsessed with Greek Mythology, she is currently pursuing her Bachelor of Arts in English. Adya has written over 1400 articles on various topics expressing her passion and love for all things entertainment, from superheroes to anime and the occasional gacha games.