As logical as it is, the tragic end of Tony Stark in Avengers Endgame still took more than one person by surprise.
Avengers Endgame signed the end of the journey for Iron Man, thus putting an end to the hero's adventures in the Marvel Studios universe . As tragic as it is logical, the death of Tony Stark above all made it possible to conclude the character's narrative arc in style, making him a hero and savior of the universe, unlike the insolent selfish introduced in the very first Iron Man . However, his sacrifice still surprised more than one spectator. Not because the decision seemed to be out of line with Tony Stark, but because some elements of the MCU and Avengers Endgame suggested that he would remain safe and sound.
Let's start at the beginning, with the scene of the rescue of Nebula and Iron Man by Captain Marvel. Before Carol Danvers and her cosmic energy dazzled the screen, one was close to thinking Tony Stark was about to let out his last breath. Admittedly, goodbye would have been far too early, but it must be said that we expected a bit of everything with Avengers Endgame . This short-lived fright nonetheless left viewers with a false sense of security. If Tony came close to death once, at beginning of the film, why would he risk his life a second time? This scene mostly ended up taking on the air of warning.
Let's stick with this sequence, which starts with a moving moment where Tony records a message for Pepper. In fact, he was one of those who had the most to lose. In the final battle of Avengers Endgame , he not only has Pepper, his wife, but also a little girl and even a young protégé in the person of