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Avengers: Endgame Writers Reveal Tony Stark Wasn't Always Going To Be Killed Off

"We weren’t there to just kill characters off."

If you’re still heartbroken over the fact that Tony Stark was killed off in Avengers: Endgame, you might be a little annoyed to find out he wasn’t always going to die in the movie.

Anthony and Joe Russo had a mammoth task when it came to making Avengers: Infinity War and Endgame and creating a satisfying end to the 23-film Infinity Saga. Thankfully, they had writers Christopher Markus and Stephen McFeely on their team.

Markus and McFeely succeeded in writing a pretty incredible ending to the saga (though we do have a few grievances), but it turns out Iron Man’s fate was never set in stone.

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Markus spoke to Canada.com to reveal he and McFeely had a lot of freedom with the characters.

“We weren’t there to just kill characters off. We were told, ‘If the story demands it, you can take people off the board. But if there’s a good story to be told and no one dies, go ahead and tell that one too.

“In Endgame, we were trying to finish arcs and for Iron Man/Tony Stark to give up his life and sacrifice himself for the good of the universe seemed like a really good narrative closure for the billionaire playboy who had been learning over the course of several films (to be a better person).”

I’ll be honest, it makes total sense, despite the fact that it was sad AF.

Robert Downey Jr’s contract with Marvel was set to come to an end with Endgame, but it was never the plan to kill him off. The writers were then given the freedom to create the perfect ending for him, which sadly meant killing him off.

What perhaps made the scene even more special was that it was the last one shot for the movie. The directors and writers were on set trying to make the scene as emotionally satisfying as possible.

The line, “I am Iron Man,” that Tony says while snapping Thanos and his army away was honestly pretty perfect.

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I wonder what Markus and McFeely might have planned for Tony had he not died at the end of the film. Would he have simply retired and lived out his days with Pepper Potts and their daughter Morgan Stark?

Guess we’ll never know…

This Is How The New Marvel Disney+ Shows Will Link To The Movies

Turns out the shows introduce a lot of important characters.

When Disney+ launches later this year they’ll start premiering a number of TV shows that will tie in with the Marvel Cinematic Universe. While they’re definitely not the first Marvel TV shows, they will be the first to actually link directly to the movies.

The Falcon and the Winter Soldier will premiere in late 2020 and has been described as a buddy cop show featuring Sam Wilson and Bucky Barnes, who, as we know, don’t exactly get on that well.

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The pair first started out as enemies in the movies and have been competing for the title of Steve Rogers’ best friend after becoming reluctant allies.

ScreenRant reports that in the show we’ll likely see the pair responding to Steve chose Sam to take over the Captain America mantle over Bucky.

Joe Russo, one of the Avengers: Endgame co-directors, has previously said in an interview with ComicBook.Com that Steve chose Sam because Bucky’s mind isn’t quite right after being taken over so many times.

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“Cap and Bucky are brothers but you know what’s interesting about them is they’re very different people and I think that Bucky always has the ability to have his mind corrupted, it can always be taken over by someone else. That hasn’t been resolved for him and Sam has his free will and I think that Sam also had a similar ethic as Cap as far as service goes in the military.”

What doesn’t really make sense, though, is why the name still has Falcon in it and not Captain America. Bucky is also technically known as White Wolf as opposed to his Hydra assassin name the Winter Soldier.

In the show, we’ll see how Sam adjusts to being the new Captain America and the reaction of the country.

Baron Zemo, the villain from Captain America: Civil War will also return to the show and Peggy Carter’s grand-niece Sharon Carter will also be back.

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The Doctor Strange sequel will feature Elizabeth Olsen’s Wanda Maximoff in a supporting role so, in the Disney+ series WandaVision, we’ll see how Wanda ends up in that movie and under Doctor Strange’s tutelage.

The TV series will also explain how Vision comes back to life after dying in Avengers: Infinity War when Thanos took the Mind Stone from his head, which should be interesting.

Carol Danver’s best friend’s daughter Monica Rambeau, will also appear in WandaVision, but it’s not known what she’ll be doing, however, we do know in the comics she becomes the next Captain Marvel and eventually leads the Avengers. So, that’s pretty exciting!

The Loki TV series will focus on what happened to the trickster God when he escapes with the Space Stone in the 2012 time travel scene when Tony Stark drops it in Endgame.

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What If…? will explore a number of events in the Infinity Saga and how they could have been different if one or two small things changed. According to ScreenRant, one of the ideas that’s rumoured to end up on the show is: “What if Loki found Thor’s hammer?”

Hawkeye will show Clint Barton re-adjusting to life as himself and not his vigilante persona Ronin. It will also show him training his protegé Kate Bishop, who will eventually take the Hawkeye mantle.

It seems like most of these shows are setting up the future of the MCU and hint at a lot of movies and characters that have yet to be announced.

Disney+ Is Coming To Aus Sooner Than We Thought And You Won’t Have To Give Up Avo Toast To Afford It

Hell. Yes.

Get excited, guys, Disney+ has finally announced its Australian release date and it’s much sooner than expected – oh, not only that, but it’s actually affordable.

Australia will actually be one of the first five countries to gain access to the streaming service. It launches in the US, Canada and the Netherlands of all places on November 13, then on November 19 it’ll be available for Australia and New Zealand.

In a press release, Disney announced it will cost Aussie users either $8.99 a month or $89 for the full year. A standard Netflix account costs $13.99 a month and a standard Stan account is $14 a month, so Disney+ is one of the cheaper streaming services available.

They said, “Disney+ will launch in Canada and the Netherlands in tandem with the US on November 12th, priced at $8.99CAD per month (or $89.99 per year) and €6.99 per month (or €69.99 per year), respectively.”

“The following week, Disney+ will launch in Australia and New Zealand on November 19th, priced at $8.99AUD per month (or $89.99 per year) and $9.99NZD per month (or $99.99 per year), respectively.”

They added, “Disney+ will offer fans of all ages a new way to experience the unparalleled content from the company’s iconic entertainment brands, including Disney, Pixar, Marvel, Star Wars, National Geographic, and more, and will be available on nearly all major mobile and connected TV devices at launch with global distribution agreements in place with Apple, Google, Microsoft, Roku, and Sony.”

According to Gizmodo, Disney confirmed earlier this year that the first episode of The Mandalorian will be available from the launch date of the service.

At the moment Australians are able to watch a lot of Disney’s titles on Stan, so if you don’t plan on getting Disney+, I’d recommend watching as much of that content as you can now!

Some of the original Disney+ shows include:

High School Musical: The Musical: The Series

The Mandalorian

The Falcon and the Winter Soldier

Monsters at Work

Diary of a Female President

Star Wars: The Clone Wars (season 7)

Loki

WandaVision

Marvel’s What If…?

Hawkeye

Untitled Cassian Andor series

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