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How IRON MAN Predicted AVENGERS ENDGAME - Ending Explained

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  • Avengers: Endgame delivers an epic conclusion for the MCU's founding fathers, Tony Stark
  • and Steve Rogers.
  • And that spectacular ending is one that Marvel carefully constructed, laying an intricate
  • trail of clues over the past 22 movies.
  • Yippee-ki-yay, movie lovers, I'm Jan and today I'm excited to reveal all the foreshadowing
  • and hidden symbolism in the MCU that cleverly predicted Iron Man's ultimate destiny.
  • Plus, I'll be breaking down every amazing detail you might have missed in the Endgame
  • finale and explaining what it means for the future of the MCU.
  • To celebrate the film's release, I'm kicking off a special Marvel giveaway.
  • Subscribe and leave a comment about the movie for a chance to win.
  • Obviously, we're in the Endgame now for spoilers, so take care if you haven't seen the movie
  • yet.
  • As Tony himself says in this movie, 'part of the journey is the end.'
  • And in the final big battle, after it seemed like the Mad Titan would win yet again, Tony
  • made the ultimate sacrifice, stealing back the Infinity Stones from Thanos and snapping
  • them in his own gauntlet.
  • This dusted Thanos and his army, but also mortally wounded Tony as the radiation from
  • the snap burned up his armour and body.
  • Tony's final words to the world before he snapped were "I am Iron Man", a perfect retort
  • to Thanos's line 'I am inevitable' which the Mad Titan uttered just before trying and failing
  • to snap for the last time.
  • But more than that, Tony's final words are also a perfect call-back to the end of the
  • first Iron Man movie which launched the MCU.
  • "I'm just not the hero type.
  • Clearly.
  • With this laundry list of character defects, all the mistakes I've made.
  • The truth is.
  • I am Iron Man."
  • After what happened in Endgame, it's interesting to look back to the Avengers early days together,
  • when Steve told Tony: "The only thing you really fight for is yourself.
  • You're not the guy to make the sacrifice play, to lay down on a wire and let the other guy
  • crawl over you.
  • I think I would just cut the wire."
  • Yet Tony proved he was willing to sacrifice himself for the greater good during the Battle
  • of New York and most recently in Endgame, and even back when he faced off with Obadiah
  • Stane.
  • But his ultimate sacrifice was most poignantly foreshadowed in Age of Ultron when Tony talked
  • to Nick Fury about the terrible vision he'd seen of his legacy.
  • Scarlet Witch induced the vision in Tony, but it was a product of his own fears about
  • the future and, as he explained to Fury, what he dreaded most wasn't dying, but that he'd
  • watch the others die while he survived.
  • "And I'm the man who killed the Avengers.
  • I saw them all dead, Nick.
  • I felt it.
  • The whole world, too.
  • I was shown.
  • Wasn't a nightmare, it was my legacy.
  • The end of the path I started us on."
  • Some parts of Tony's vision such as the invading Leviathans and Cap's broken shield did come
  • true during the final battle in Endgame.
  • However, unlike Infinity War where Tony had to watch many of his fellow heroes turn to
  • dust, this time he saved the Avengers and died instead, creating the legacy he wanted.
  • Indeed, it's been clear since the very first Iron Man movie just how crucial the notion
  • of legacy was to Tony, as even in those days the idea of leaving behind a legacy of death
  • was something that weighed heavy on his mind: "We're a weapons manufacturer.
  • "Obie, I just don't want a body count to be our only legacy."
  • Back then, Tony tried rewriting his legacy by ending his company's manufacture of weapons;
  • but that turned out to be small potatoes compared to what he had to do to change his legacy
  • today.
  • "We can bust arms dealers all the livelong day, but that up there, that's...
  • That's the endgame."
  • Doctor Strange knew that Iron Man was the key to defeating Thanos.
  • In Infinity War, Strange checked over 14 million scenarios and found only one where the Avengers
  • triumphed over the Mad Titan.
  • "I went forward in time to view alternate futures.
  • To see all the possible outcomes of the coming conflict.
  • How many did you see?
  • 14,000,605.
  • How many did we win?
  • One."
  • Once Doctor Strange knew this, he did a complete 180 on his previous threat that he'd sacrifice
  • Iron Man's life to save the Time Stone, and instead he willingly gave the stone to Thanos
  • in order to stop him from killing Tony.
  • "Stop.
  • Spare his life... and I will give you the stone."
  • The Sorcerer Supreme knew Iron Man had to survive through Infinity War and actually
  • told Tony there was "no other way" just before he faded to dust.
  • Then in Endgame, when Thanos was on the verge of victory yet again after defeating each
  • of the heroes one-by-one, Doctor Strange reminded Tony that he was the only person who could
  • win the battle for them.
  • He did this by turning to Tony and holding up a single finger, a reminder that Tony's
  • sacrifice was the one and only way to beat Thanos.
  • Looking back to Civil War then, when Hawkeye called Tony 'the futurist' who 'sees all'
  • and 'knows what's best for you', whether you like it or not, although that was an easter
  • egg to both the comics and Robert Downey Junior's music album, and although Hawkeye was annoyed
  • and mocking Tony when he said it, it turns out that Hawkeye's words were pretty accurate.
  • Thanks to Doctor Strange, Tony was the only living Avenger who realised there was just
  • a single way to win the war they were waging once and for all.
  • As Thanos said in Infinity War, Tony was indeed cursed with knowledge
  • Tony's death is, of course, heart-breaking as his friends and fellow Avengers Rhodey
  • and Peter Parker find him dying and Pepper comes over and tells him he "can rest now".
  • Even in Endgame, when Tony tried to stay away from the Avengers and live a peaceful life
  • with his daughter Morgan and Pepper, he couldn't do it.
  • When he solved the time travel conundrum that the Avengers were facing, he felt he should
  • lock the discovery away and destroy it so he couldn't go off on another adventure.
  • But the pull of the Iron Man suit and his desire to be the hero and tech genius has
  • always been too strong, from revealing himself as Iron Man at the press conference in his
  • first film to taking on his last, incredibly dangerous mission in Endgame.
  • For Tony, living and dying as Iron Man was basically his destiny.
  • And what an amazing 11-year journey it's been for his character and what a long way he's
  • come from being a man reluctant to act against terrorists using his company's weapons.
  • "Are you going to do something about it?
  • Why should I do anything?
  • They're going to kill me, you, either way.
  • And if they don't, I'll probably be dead in a week."
  • To becoming a man prepared to offer himself up for the good of others.
  • Tony's final stand against Thanos was 'the last act of defiance of the great Tony Stark',
  • to quote Yinsen who urged Tony not to waste his life just before he died saving the billionaire
  • genius in Afghanistan.
  • And Tony certainly took those words on board.
  • Ultimately, then, what Tony told Pepper back in 2008 about his evolution turned out to
  • be true: "If I were Iron Man, I'd have this girlfriend
  • who knew my true identity.
  • She'd be a wreck, 'cause she'd always be worrying that I was going to die, yet so proud of the
  • man I'd become.
  • She'd be wildly conflicted."
  • Fortunately, as we see during Tony's voiceover in Endgame, after his death his legacy has
  • been to restore the heroes and people who were snapped away, so he's brought a happy
  • ending to many in the universe.
  • And, for us in the audience, we can also feel Tony's legacy during the memorial that Pepper
  • holds for him.
  • After she releases a wreath of flowers with the "Proof that Tony Stark has a heart" arc
  • reactor, the camera slowly pans over so many of the wonderful characters we've been introduced
  • to in the MCU, from the very first film through to the penultimate movie, then finally on
  • to Nick Fury, the man who laid the groundwork to bring them all together in the MCU's very
  • first post-credits scene in the Iron Man movie.
  • What this scene really represents then is the legacy of marvellous superheroes that
  • Iron Man has given to us, the fans.
  • By the way, there's a lovely little cameo in this funeral scene by Harley Keener, the
  • young boy who Tony met in Iron Man 3.
  • It's the same actor, Ty Simpkins, and he's standing behind Wanda, Bucky and Sam.
  • Although these scenes have brought many to tears, there's still another part to Tony's
  • legacy which is that his daughter Morgan looks like she's inherited his desire to put on
  • the Iron Man suit.
  • She not only picks up an Iron Man helmet from Tony's garage at the beginning of the movie,
  • but just like her father, when Happy asks Morgan what she'd like to eat, she asks for
  • a cheeseburger, which is exactly what Tony demanded after he was brought back from Afghanistan.
  • "There are two things I want to do.
  • I want an American cheeseburger, and the other...
  • That's enough of that.
  • Hogan, drive.
  • Cheeseburger first."
  • In Tony's BARF message, he also says that Morgan will face the same forces of darkness
  • and light that he battled during his life and, in a tender moment, he echoes his daughter's
  • words to him from earlier in the movie, "I love you 3000."
  • But there's one last tribute to the great Tony Stark which you might just have missed
  • unless you stayed right until the very end of the credits.
  • Rather than an actual post-credits scene, we just hear the sound of metal clanking over
  • the Marvel Studios logo.
  • It's a call-back to the first Iron Man movie when Tony had to forge his own Iron Man suit
  • while he was being held prisoner.
  • And, of course, that cave scene was also referenced at the beginning of Endgame when Tony and
  • Nebula worked together to fix the ship's broken fuel cells in a similar way to how Tony and
  • Yinsen collaborated to make the suit in Iron Man.
  • For me, Endgame's little post-credits teaser symbolises not only that Iron Man was the
  • cornerstone of the MCU, his birth and death bookending this chapter in the franchise's
  • history, but also how Tony's spirit and determination lives on [in the Marvelverse], and how the
  • work he started still continues, with Marvel busily putting together a new era of movies,
  • TV shows, and stories for fans to enjoy.
  • Steve Rogers also got a big send-off in Endgame and I've broken down everything you need to
  • know about the evolution of Captain America in the MCU plus what Steve's ending with Peggy
  • Carter really means in my next video.
  • You can tap up right for the link to that video or check the video description for the
  • link as soon as it's ready.
  • Now, what do you think about Tony's ending in Endgame?
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  • Thanks for watching and see ya next time.
  • Yippee-ki-yay, movie lovers!

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The Avengers franchise has had an unprecedented cinematic journey, spanning several galaxies over the Marvel Cinematic Universe’s 11 years. Now the newest entry, “Avengers: Endgame,” brings to the big screen the highest stakes and deadliest showdown ever between the Avengers and the universe’s most powerful and deadliest villain, Thanos.

“Avengers: Endgame” picks up with the Avengers having been soundly defeated by Thanos, who, after collecting the six Infinity Stones, imposed his twisted will on all of humanity and randomly wiped out half of the world’s population, including many of the Avengers. In the aftermath of the destruction, the remaining Avengers are faced with their biggest challenge yet—finding the resolve within themselves to get off the mat and find a way to defeat Thanos once and for all.

Marvel Studios’ “Avengers: Endgame” is the most anticipated superhero film of all time and stars Robert Downey Jr. as Iron Man, Chris Evans as Captain America, Mark Ruffalo as Bruce Banner, Chris Hemsworth as Thor, Scarlett Johansson as Black Widow, Jeremy Renner as Hawkeye, Brie Larson as Captain Marvel, Paul Rudd as Ant-Man, Don Cheadle as War Machine, Karen Gillan as Nebula, Danai Gurira as Okoye and Bradley Cooper as Rocket.

Gwyneth Paltrow also returns as Pepper Potts, along with Jon Favreau as Happy Hogan, Benedict Wong as Wong and Tessa Thompson as Valkyrie. Josh Brolin also returns as the film’s infamous villain, Thanos.

Marvel Studios’ “Avengers: Endgame” is directed by Emmy Award®–winning directors Anthony and Joe Russo from an original screenplay by Christopher Markus & Stephen McFeely. Kevin Feige is producing the film, with Louis D’Esposito, Victoria Alonso, Michael Grillo, Trinh Tran, Jon Favreau, James Gunn and Stan Lee serving as executive producers.