MCU MADNESS FINAL FOUR: #1 Avengers: Endgame vs. #5 Iron Man

Endgame v Iron Man

We are in the Final Four of our MCU Madness Tournament . For this round, we have our writers step up to the keyboard and defend their favorite MCU films. These are the elite of the elite in the Marvel Cinematic Universe and each movie holds a special place in the hearts of Marvel fans everywhere. Three Avengers movies and the one that started it all. Who will make the best case for their film? And which MCU movie will move on to the championship round? IT IS UP TO YOU! Vote Down Below!

Now, we have a poetic matchup that seems too good to be true. For many of us, we sat down in theaters in 2008 not quite knowing what to expect from Iron Man. And 11 years later, we all sat in tears as we said goodbye to the hero that started everything by drinking a whiskey in the back of the FUN-V. Arguably the two most important films in MCU history go toe-to-toe. #5 Iron Man takes on #1 Avengers: Endgame.

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As previously stated in this competition, Iron Man changed the way that many fans view superhero films. The 5-seed also overcame an underdog scenario in the Elite 8 round of MCU MADNESS, beating (#4) Guardians of the Galaxy as a result, which was arguably just as big of a risk taken by Marvel Studios as 2008’s Iron Man - if not bigger. Marvel Studios did such a fantastic job with putting together the "selfish-turned-selfless" story in Iron Man , making it extremely intricate and emotional. On paper, you shouldn’t like Tony Stark during a bulk of the film, but director Jon Favreau and Marvel Studios knew exactly how to use the charm and charisma of Robert Downey Jr. to make the audience fall in love with the character anyway. Beyond that, watching Tony Stark physically build everything that he puts to use in the MCU has a certain appeal that other characters do not possess, and Iron Man showcases that talent of Tony’s more than any other film. Iron Man is a story about a man who feels the need to step up and fix a problem that he has overlooked for so many years, and the audience can see so clearly throughout the film that nothing will stop him from doing just that. The story that this movie tells is very human, and Marvel Studios took this story and used it as the very first building block for the Marvel Cinematic Universe.


My favorite scene in Iron Man , which I believe is also the most pivotal point in the film, is the scene in which Iron Man is evading two F-22 Raptors of the US Air Force, and, after one of the pilots ejects, Tony makes sure to ensure his safety. This is the first scene in Iron Man that the audience sees Tony Stark truly act as a hero, looking out for someone other than himself and going out of his way to do what is right, despite not finding any sort of personal gain in doing so. Marvel Studios would later go on to build the entire MCU on this single character trait of Tony Stark.

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Avengers: Endgame is the best movie in the Marvel Cinematic Universe because it provided fans a movie experience like never before. This is more than just a movie but rather a celebration of 11 years of storytelling all wrapped up in a three-hour epic. Focusing on the overall impact to hardcore and casual fans alike, the film delivered so many iconic moments that brought everyone together as evidenced by the overwhelming reactions it still gets now. It is a full blown superhero spectacle that exceeded expectations that will be talked about for years to come. In my book, no other superhero movie can offer a more satisfying feeling than what Avengers: Endgame delivered to everyone.


The Portals scene is not just my favorite moment in the movie but the whole MCU in general. The emotion that overcame me while watching this scene was an indescribable feeling - it gave me a sense of fulfillment when I saw all the characters that I followed in the past 11 years fighting together.