This is part two of a three-part series piece, focusing on the character development of Tony Stark, played by Robert Downey Jr. within the Marvel Cinematic Universe through Iron Man all the way up to Captain America: Civil War.
In the first part, I took a look at who Tony Stark was before he became the hero known as Iron Man, and then looked at his path from Genius, Billionaire, Playboy, and Philanthropist to where is he now.
Iron Man In Phase 2
During Phase 2 of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, we first see Tony suffering from the effects of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder, after the Avengers fight in New York battling Loki and his Chitauri army. As we know, the Avengers managed to beat back the armor after Tony managed to guide a nuclear missile through the wormhole.
Now in Phase 2, we are looking at the world through a new set of eyes, a world where the people known that the Avengers exist and that there are more threats in space than they thought. When we come to Tony, he, out of all of the Avengers, is taking it the hardest. Like Captain America once told him, Tony is not one that would typically make the sacrifice play, but as we saw in the Battle of New York, Tony is willingly to put his life on the line to protect people.
This is sort of a new feeling for Tony. In all of his fights leading up to his involvement with the Avengers, Tony never really had to worry about sacrificing myself to save others. He always manages to figure out another solution. As we saw in Iron Man 3, Tony's solution to his PTSD is to build more Iron Man suits for any occasion.
This leads to his obsession with coming up with ways to make sure that nobody else dies, and that seems to be what really drives Tony through MCU. He does not want to be the one responsible for someone dying if he could prevent it. He tells Pepper Potts that he is building his suits because he wants to protect the one thing he cares about and the Iron Man suit is the only way he knows how.
Tony Changes When He Becomes An Avenger
During the events of Iron Man 3, we see Tony take on Aldrich Killian and AIM and we saw just how far Tony has come since becoming an Avenger. When we see all of the suits in action as the Iron Legion, this film set the stage for something else, something that would haunt Tony even more than letting one person died.
Tony makes his next appearance along side the rest of the Avengers in Avengers: Age Of Ultron. This time around, Tony is the one the brings the Avengers greatest threat to life. Tony , in between films, as been working with Bruce Banner on a program that will help protect the whole world, and help end the Avengers.
After recovering Loki's scepter from Hydra forces, Wanda Maximoff shows Tony his greatest fear, failing to protect the people he cares about and watching the people he calls his friends die.
Tony uses Loki's scepter to help him build his Ultron program and to his surprise it works a little too well. Ultron realizes that to save the world, the Avengers have to be wiped out and his plan is to create a giant meteor to wipe out humanity as they know it.
Although the Avengers managed to beat Ultron, with some help from new Avengers, Tony is the one who is the most shaken. He wanted to help protect the world, but instead, he was the one that almost destroyed it. In a sense, Tony does have a point. The goal of the Avengers is to protect the world yes, but they are just one team against an entire world of threat and even beyond that. Unlike the rest of the Avengers, who do not seem to think about the repercussion of their actions, Tony is always thinking about the innocent lives that were lost during Age of Ultron, and yes that is on him, but he did what he thought was best, and looking at the path Tony has been on since the beginning of MCU.
Tony, unlike the rest of the Avengers, is looking for a way to protect the world, and the only way he knows how to do it is by using his technology skills. As Bruce Banner once said it sounds like a cold world.
No Longer The Same Man
Tony is no longer the same man he was went he first out on the suit, and as Phase 2 comes to a close, we know where Tony is at and where is he going as Phase 3 of MCU continues to take shape.
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The series will continue with Part 3 of The End of Tony Stark, be sure to be on the lookout for it.