Marvel Studios is implying that Iron Man’s sacrifice in Avengers: Endgame was not the only way to defeat Thanos. MCU Phase 4 is in full swing now that the Infinity Saga has concluded and a few years have passed. However, Marvel Studios occasionally reinterprets the events of Avengers: Endgame. This includes Tony Stark’s selflessness that led to the defeat of the purple Titan.
In Avengers: Endgame, Tony Stark willingly used the power of all six Infinity Stones to end the existence of Thanos and his minions. His demise has been hastened by the change. As a result of Doctor Strange’s actions in hindsight, it was speculated that Iron Man’s sacrifice was a requirement for The Avengers to defeat the villain in the final showdown. The events of Doctor Strange 2 suggest that there may have been other ways to win the battle. However, it’s not certain.
Directed by Sam Raimi, who replaced Scott Derrickson, Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness is expected to have some characters regretting their decisions in Avengers: Endgame, according to an official press release. Both Wanda Maximoff and Doctor Strange were erased from existence in Avengers: Infinity War. Consequently, they only had a minor role in Avengers: Endgame. This is why he didn’t elaborate on how this would affect the film’s narrative.
Iron Man died as a result of a small but significant move made by Doctor Strange in the film. This discreetly coaxed Tony Stark to sacrifice himself. If the MCU sorcerer regrets this decision, it presupposes that there was another way to defeat Thanos that didn’t require Tony to make a sacrifice for the greater good. Due to the fact that Doctor Strange should not feel guilty because it was the only way that the Avengers could win.
This isn’t the first time Marvel Studios has argued that Iron Man doesn’t have to die in Avengers: Infinity War. In Marvel’s What If…?, the animated series. Ultron’s Vibranium armor was stolen by Killmonger so he could wield all six Infinity Stones. As he betrayed the other Guardians of the Multiverse, he used the power of primal gems to fight them off. Killmonger, on the other hand, did not perish as a result of this move.
A Vibranium armor may have saved Iron Man’s life in Endgame. This is so even if it wasn’t exactly a breeze to put on. The snap that brought down Thanos could have been done by a different, more powerful hero who would not have been killed in the process. Smart Hulk escaped with just a burnt arm. For this reason, Captain Marvel or Thor could have done the same with minimal damage.
The death of Iron Man in Avengers: Endgame was critical to the long-term viability of the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Bringing Tony’s arc to a close marks the end of an era for the franchise. However, it also paves the way for new leaders to step forward and lead the universe forward. Doctor Strange, the man tasked with leading the investigation into the multiverse, is doing just that.