Spoilers ahead for Avengers: Endgame
Avengers: Endgame has been in theaters for over a month, and the moviegoing public still hasn't stopped discussing every frame of the massive blockbuster. The Russo Brothers had an impossible task ahead of them, wrapping up a 22 movie narrative, and following the massive success of last year's Infinity War. And they succeeded in doing just that, and gave a fitting end to Captain America, Iron Man, and Black Widow.
Tony Stark's story came to an end in the final battle of Endgame, swiping the Infinity Stones and snapping Thanos and his forces out of existence forever. But the power and radiation from the stones was too strong, and it cost the original MCU hero his life. Now there's a petition that Marvel give him a happier ending. Because, of course.
The fan-made petition comes to us from Change.org, titled "BRING TONY STARK BACK TO LIFE" The online campaign has 16,852 signatures at the time of writing this story, with those passionate Marvel fans wishing that Iron Man was given a happier ending a la Steve Rogers. His sacrifice was perhaps the most emotional aspect of Endgame, but the petition and its followers maintain that Tony deserved better.
The MCU was throw into chaos following Avengers: Infinity War, as half of all life was wiped out by Thanos' snap. The five year time jump revealed that Earth was still very much recovering from such a loss, and Tony Stark and Pepper Potts were one of the few lucky ones to keep their family intact. They had each other after the dusting, and even got married and had their daughter Morgan.
Tony actually found happiness, despite Thanos' assault on the galaxy. That's why Iron Man originally rejected the idea of Scott Lang's time travel plan; he was scared of losing everything he'd gained in the past five years. Ultimately Pepper Potts encourages him to rejoin the Avengers for Time Heist, a decision that brought 2014 Thanos to the present and ultimately cost Tony his life.
The petition to change Tony's fate is a symptom of a larger trend within the entertainment world, where fans feel like they can will studios and filmmakers into re-doing projects to their liking. We saw something similar happen with the series finale of HBO's Game of Thrones. Fan outrage regarding Season 8's contents launched a petition in hopes of the entire season being reshot.
It's basically an impossibility that either of these campaigns will go anywhere, but Marvel Studios is likely happy to see so much engagement from the fandom-- even those were unhappy with the contents of Avengers: Endgame. Tony Stark's death was extremely powerful, and with Robert Downey Jr.'s contract with Marvel officially up, smart money says we won't see the billionaire playboy genius philanthropist back on the silver screen.
Avengers: Endgame is in theaters now. Be sure to check out our 2019 release list to plan your next trip to the movies.