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Iron Man Writers React To Tony’s Death In Avengers: Endgame

Avengers: Endgame marked the end of an era in many ways, none more so than the death of Tony Stark at the movie’s emotional climax. His heroic self-sacrifice, wiping Thanos and his army from the face of the Earth at the cost of his own life, was the perfect way to culminate the journey the billionaire philanthropist began on all the way back in 2008’s Iron Man.

But what do the writers of the film that kicked off the McU a decade ago think of how Stark’s story ended? IGN caught up with Iron Man scribes Art Marcum and Matt Holloway and asked them for their opinions on the heartbreaking climax of Endgame. Marcum thought it had to happen, though admitted it wasn’t something they envisioned going down 10 years ago.

“It’s sad, but it had to be that way. What’s surreal about that is ten years ago,
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Watch Fat Thor Sing Johnny Cash's Hurt on Avengers: Endgame Set

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Watch Fat Thor Sing Johnny Cash's Hurt on Avengers: Endgame Set
Chris Hemsworth has released a video of Fat Thor singing Johnny Cash's version of "Hurt" on the Avengers: Endgame set. Screenwriters Christopher Markus and Stephen McFeely, along with the Russo Brothers, decided Thor was going to get caught up in depression for Endgame, which resulted in a substantial weight gain and a thirst for alcohol. In order to try and get his character to that state, Hemsworth decided he needed to find a song The God of Thunder might be listening to.

When it comes to dark and sad songs, it's pretty hard to beat the late Johnny Cash's version of Nine Inch Nails' 1995 hit "Hurt." The Man in Black covered the song in 2002, shortly before his death and his version of the song has been covered many times over the years. Now, Chris Hemsworth has used Fat Thor's version to help promote Men in Black: International, which is even more fitting.
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Avengers: Endgame Writers Have No Idea If Thor Will Be In Guardians Of The Galaxy Vol. 3

Avengers: Endgame wrapped up the stories of most of the original six Avengers, but it teased a possible exciting new direction for Thor. At the movie’s close, the God of Thunder is seen hitching a ride back into space with the Guardians. He even dubs the team “the Asgardians of the Galaxy.” That suggested he was there to stay, meaning many fans took it as red that Thor would be a part of Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3.

However, writers Stephen McFeely and Christopher Markus appear to have confirmed that they didn’t intend for the scene to be interpreted this way. While speaking on the Empire Podcast, the duo admitted that they have no idea if Thor will have a role in the upcoming threequel from James Gunn. Though obviously, it has to be said that the pair wouldn’t spill the beans even if they did.
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Avengers: Endgame almost featured the McU’s first “f*ck”

While the Marvel Studios policy seems to be to stick firmly in the family arena, it seems that Avengers: Endgame came close to pushing the boundaries of PG-13 by dropping the McU’s first (unbleeped) use of the word “fuck”.

Speaking to Empire Online, screenwriters Christopher Markus and Stephen McFeely discussed how they came up with Robert Downey Jr.’s final “I am Iron Man” line during filming, revealing that the scene went through many iterations on set, including one where Tony Stark drops the F-Bomb.

“I think there was ‘fuck you’ at one point. Didn’t he say ‘fuck off’? He may have said it… you do a lot of takes. Like can we really end all this on a complete swear? On a ‘kiss my ass Thanos’?”

While Tony telling Thanos to fuck off would surely have got a laugh from the audience (and probably infuriated a few
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Avengers: Endgame Director Admits One Unexpected Scene Brought Him to Tears

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Avengers: Endgame Director Admits One Unexpected Scene Brought Him to Tears
Avengers: Endgame has many emotional scenes. However, there is one in particular that made co-director Joe Russo tear up and it probably isn't what many Marvel Cinematic Universe fans are thinking of. Opening weekend of the epic movie saw thousands of McU fans crying in theaters as Natasha Romanoff died, Tony Stark died, and Steve Rogers went back in time to live with the love of his life. Those moments aren't the ones that made Russo cry though.

Instead of those heavy hitting moments of Avengers: Endgame, Joe Russo's came towards the beginning of the movie and they involve Clint Barton and his family. Barton is having a pleasant day with his family and about to have a nice meal when the Decimation happens. Barton's family turns to dust and disappears. Russo had this to say about the scene.

"I've got four kids, and it's a very tragic scene to open the movie with.
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Why Ant-Man Vs. Thanos Theory Definitely Wouldn't Work According to Endgame Writer

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Why Ant-Man Vs. Thanos Theory Definitely Wouldn't Work According to Endgame Writer
Avengers: Endgame co-writer Christopher Markus believes Ant-Man would die in Thanos' butt. The grossest Endgame theory can now be finally put to rest. When the movie was first being promoted and everybody knew Scott Lang would be joining Earth's Mightiest Heroes, one fan decided he had figured it all out. The movie would only have to be a few seconds long as Lang shrinks down and enters Thanos through his anal cavity. From there, he expands, ripping The Mad Titan apart from the inside. The theory started to gain attention and was affectionately dubbed "Thanus."

Obviously, Thanos was not defeated that way in Avengers: Endgame. Had Christopher Markus and Stephen McFeely pitched "Thanus" to Marvel Studios, they would have been kicked out of Kevin Feige's office pretty quickly. With that being said, Markus doesn't think the theory holds any water to begin with. He explains.

"Thanos could take a punch from the Hulk,
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Marvel Wasn't So Sure About Avengers: Endgame 5-Year Time Jump

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Marvel Wasn't So Sure About Avengers: Endgame 5-Year Time Jump
Christopher Markus and Stephen McFeely always knew the five-year time jump in Avengers: Endgame was a gamble. When they pitched the idea to Marvel Studios, they were wished good luck in attempting to pull off such a lofty goal. With that being said, they were able to seemingly pull off the impossible and make a movie that satisfied the studio along with millions of fans from around the world. Markus and McFeely recently sat down to discuss why they wanted Endgame to take place five years after the events of Infinity War.

When it comes down to it, the five-year time jump in Endgame was made to double down on the conclusion of Infinity War, according to Christopher Markus. Thanos won and he got his way. He Decimated half of the universe and the screenwriters wanted the audience to feel the anguish that the characters were going through. Markus explains.
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Avengers: Endgame Writers Explain Why The Time Jump Was 5 Years

Though the genocidal ending of Avengers: Infinity War succeeded in shocking audiences around the world, most of us took it as a given that we hadn’t seen the last of the dusted heroes. After all, it was known even back then that Spider-Man had a sequel on the way, and after the box office success of Black Panther, there was no way that Disney was going to end T’Challa’s run after one solo movie.

Sure enough, the recent Avengers: Endgame saw the purged half of the population come back from the dead, though it took a lot longer than many viewers were expecting. Specifically, the Infinity War sequel jumps forward a whole five years, and in a chat with the Empire Film Podcast, co-writer Christopher Markus explained that the pic’s Act 1 time jump was intended make the snap more consequential:

“It’s almost a desire to
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Avengers: Endgame Writers Defend Star-Lord’s Infinity War Blunder

Avengers: Infinity War and Endgame co-writers Christopher Markus and Stephen McFeely touched once more on the topic of Star-Lord’s infamous blunder in a recent chat with the Empire Film Podcast, arguing that there’s “a lot of blame to go around” for Thanos’ snap.

We all remember the scene where Peter Quill loses his cool when confronting the Mad Titan, and the fans certainly haven’t let Chris Pratt forget this unfortunate slip-up. But when McFeely was asked if Star-Lord deserves the blame for Thanos’ Infinity War victory, the scribe offered a reminder that the Guardians of the Galaxy star wasn’t the only hero to make a mistake:

“He’s one of many [who screwed things up]. I don’t accept that.”

Markus went on to argue that emotions were running high during Quill’s meeting with Thanos, and that Star-Lord responded to the news of Gamora’s death in a very
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Avengers Endgame Writers Reveal Why They Ignored Black Widow And Hulk’s Romance

Avengers: Age of Ultron is generally considered one of the weaker films in the McU. The Joss Whedon-directed sequel is filled to the brim with various plotlines, and while some of them work, others have been largely ignored in later Marvel movies. Chief among its most contentious set-ups is Bruce Banner and Natasha Romanoff’s budding romance, which many fans felt was awkward and forced. Now, the writers of Avengers: Endgame have gone on the record as to why it was left unaddressed in their films.

In a new episode of Empire’s podcast, Christopher Markus and Stephen McFeely revealed that scenes between Nat and Bruce were written and even shot for Avengers: Infinity War, but most were left on the cutting room floor for the sake of story:

“We certainly tried to. In Infinity War we have [unused] scenes…wrote ‘em, shot ‘em…of them sort of hashing that out.
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Avengers: Endgame Writer Says Dead Characters Won’t Be Rebooted Anytime Soon

Avengers: Infinity War wiped out half of the McU but, underneath our flood of tears, we always knew these dusted heroes would be resurrected in the next movie. The deaths that occurred in Avengers: Endgame, however, felt much more final. Iron Man’s demise, Black Widow’s self-sacrifice, the Iw deaths that still hold like Gamora’s, is there any chance of them returning in Phase Four?

Empire asked co-writer Christopher Markus this very question but he maintained that the losses of Endgame have to count, particularly in the case of Tony Stark, who the writer thinks won’t be rebooted for a while.

“It’s the nature of the McU. It’s not a place where you can reboot one and suddenly Iron Man is 15 years old and everyone else is still the same age. The characters have to pass out, and the universe has to still stand. So
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Dead Marvel Characters Won't Get an McU Reboot Anytime Soon

Dead Marvel Characters Won't Get an McU Reboot Anytime Soon
Dead characters aren't simply going to be rebooted in the future of the Marvel Cinematic Universe in the wake of Avengers: Endgame, according to co-writer Christopher Markus. Whether that's a good or a bad thing largely depends on one's personal view. However, Markus has some pretty inarguable logic to back this up.

Warning: spoilers ahead for Avengers: Endgame. There have been more than a few casualties on the road to stop Thanos. Vision, Black Widow and, perhaps most significantly of all, Tony Stark. They're all dead now, despite the fact that the heroes did manage to reverse Thanos' deadly finger snap and take the Mad Titan out for good. This, as it turns out, will have long-standing consequences in the larger McU as these characters can't simply be rebooted. Here's what Christopher Markus had to say about it in a recent spoiler-heavy conversation about the movie.

"It's the nature of the McU.
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Leaked Black Widow Set Images: An Infinity Stone, A Funeral & A Resurrection?

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Leaked Black Widow Set Images: An Infinity Stone, A Funeral & A Resurrection?
Avengers: Endgame had Natasha Romanoff sacrifice her life to save the universe on Vormir. Marvel Cinematic Universe fans were shocked to see the beloved character die, especially since the Black Widow standalone movie is on the way. Marvel Studios have not officially announced the project yet, but Scarlett Johansson is already busy shooting the movie in Norway. It is widely believed that the movie is a prequel, but some new images may provide evidence contradicting the original speculation.

Smart Hulk was not able to go back and resurrect Natasha Romanoff in Avengers: Endgame through time travel. However, there have been other theories floating around as to how the character can come back for the Black Widow movie. The latest leaked photos from the set show Romanoff in what looks like a lake with something red in her hands, which some are assuming is the Reality Stone. Could Captain America have
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Avengers: Endgame Writer Says Ant-Man Would’ve Died in Thanos’ Butt

It seemed nearly impossible to kill Thanos at the end of Avengers: Infinity War, which is why fans became very creative with their theories of how the villain would be brought down in Avengers: Endgame. The most popular one that circulated the Internet was the idea that Ant-Man would crawl inside the antagonist’s butt and expand, thus rendering his enormous body into a purple mist. That obviously did not happen in the movie and, according to the film’s screenwriter Christopher Markus, would not have been successful even if it was attempted.

“Thanos could take a punch from the Hulk, we’ve seen that. And it stands to reason his whole body is at least as strong as that,” Markus says. “If Ant-Man expanded, he would be simply crushed against the immovable walls of Thanos’ mighty rectum.”

Though it is pretty ridiculous that one of the writers of the
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Avengers: Endgame Almost Had Iron Man Time Travel Back to a Different McU Movie

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Avengers: Endgame Almost Had Iron Man Time Travel Back to a Different McU Movie
Avengers: Endgame co-screenwriter Stephen McFeely reveals the movie nearly revisited another Marvel Cinematic Universe movie. Ultimately, the decision was changed to go back in time to the first Avengers movie, which is probably for the best. McU fans were excited to see Tony Stark, Bruce Banner, and Steve Rogers revisit the Battle of New York, even though Smart Hulk wasn't too happy to see his past-self destroying things in an aggressive and rather brainless manner. The original idea was to bring Iron Man into Thor's world.

Stephen McFeely admits that the original plan for Avengers: Endgame was to take Iron Man and have him go back to Thor: The Dark World to secure the Tesseract. Even Chris Hemsworth admits the Thor sequel isn't the best movie, and many McU fans would place it at the bottom of their lists. But, there was a logistical reason to bring Tony Stark to Asgard,
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Tony Almost Said F*ck Off Thanos Instead Of I Am Iron Man In Avengers: Endgame

It’s one of those moments that’s already become instantly iconic with fans. In the epic finale of Avengers: Endgame, Thanos boasts “I am inevitable.” In response, Tony Stark looks back at him and says “I am Iron Man,” before snapping his fingers with the Infinity Gauntlet, wiping out Josh Brolin’s villain and his forces and bringing an end to the Infinity Saga.

It’s weird to think, then, that Robert Downey Jr. didn’t want to shoot the scene at first. In fact, it was something added in during reshoots and apparently, the actor wasn’t interested in going to such an emotionally-devastating place again to film it. Thankfully, producer Joel Silver was on hand to convince him otherwise and, well, the rest is history.

But as it turns out, “I am Iron Man” was only one line that writers Christopher Markus and Stephen McFeely came up with for the scene.
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Thousands of McU Fans Still Outraged Over Tony Stark’s Fate, But Signing A Petition Is Not the Solution

Thousands of McU Fans Still Outraged Over Tony Stark’s Fate, But Signing A Petition Is Not the Solution
[Editor’s note: The following post contains spoilers about “Avengers: Endgame.”]

Petition culture has become all the rage after more than 1.5 million “Game of Thrones” fans mobilized last month to urge HBO to remake the polarizing final season. The latest petition going viral across the internet concerns the Marvel Cinematic Universe, with over 35,000 fans and counting making it known they are still outraged over Marvel Studios’ decision to kill Tony Stark/Iron Man (Robert Downey Jr.) at the end of “Avengers: Endgame.”

“Tony deserves to come back fully alive,” the petition argues. “Tony Stark was always ready to risk his life, suffer, and sacrifice himself for anyone, without ever receiving anything in return. Since the beginning, since he was a kid. He can never be happy, and when he finally got what he always wanted, and deserved, he died. He didn’t deserve this and it’s not fair…he deserves to live and see his daughter grow up.
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Iron Man & Rescue Unite in Unused Avengers: Endgame Promo Image

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Iron Man & Rescue Unite in Unused Avengers: Endgame Promo Image
A new and unused Avengers: Endgame promotional image features Iron Man and Rescue. The Rescue suit was rumored for quite a while, but it was pretty much confirmed when Pepper Potts actress Gwyneth Paltrow accidentally revealed the suit on social media. Plus, some early Endgame action figures showed the Rescue suit, giving it away. It seems Marvel Studios was considering playing off of the Marvel Cinematic Universe fan excitement for a small amount of time, which is where this new image comes from.

Liz Georgoff was the legacy department coordinator for Infinity War and Endgame. She shared the Rescue and Iron Man image on social media, noting that she was actually the one in the armor, which was created by Legacy Effects. Georgoff says she is honored "to have been one of four women ever to have worn" the special suit. She also revealed that Christopher Swift was the one inside the Iron Man suit.
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Avengers: Endgame Directors To Craft Magic: The Gathering TV Show For Netflix

After the barnstorming success of Avengers: Endgame, directors Joe and Anthony Russo would be forgiven for wanting some much-needed time off.

Because let’s face it, alongside writers Christopher Markus and Stephen McFeely, they helped deliver what is arguably the pitch-perfect conclusion to McU Phase 3 (plot holes and all), all the while teeing up the next generation of Earth’s Mightiest Heroes. And all of this after the equally massive Avengers: Infinity War just 12 months ago.

Nevertheless, it seems the Russo Brothers have located their first big post-Endgame project: Magic: the Gathering. The world-famous collectible card game is headed to Netflix, it seems, after the streaming giant today announced a new animated series based on Magic and its beloved lore, with the Russos expected to “oversee the creation of an all-new storyline and expand on the stories of the Planeswalkers.”

In a joint statement, the creative duo revealed that they
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Captain Marvel Heads to Vormir in Avengers: Endgame Deleted Scene Images

Captain Marvel Heads to Vormir in Avengers: Endgame Deleted Scene Images
Carol Danvers has been spotted on Vormir in behind-the-scenes Avengers: Endgame images. Was Captain Marvel originally going to help out Natasha Romanoff and Clint Barton acquire the Soul Stone? In an earlier version of the script, there was going to be a battle on Vormir with Romanoff and Barton up against Thanos and his army. However, that idea was later taken out in an effort to give Romanoff and Barton a more emotional moment. But where does Danvers fit into this whole situation?

The latest behind-the-scenes image from Avengers: Endgame features Brie Larson's Carol Danvers on the Vormir set, though it isn't clear why. She has her 2014 hair style, so this would have to be before Romanoff and Barton went their during the time heist. Further detective work uncovers that the image is actually a still from the Captain Marvel Blu-ray special features, which adds another layer of mystery.
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