MCU original Avengers Black Widow and Tony Stark are among the losses, but even after their deaths, some people refused to believe that they were truly gone. After all, these were two beloved heroes – Scarlet Johansson had played Natasha Romanoff for nine years and Robert Downey Jr. was Stark for 11.
Perhaps their deaths put fans already reeling from loss on the back foot when Stark’s funeral came around in Avengers: Endgame. Whatever the reason, there’s a lot to take in during the emotional scene, which pans across all the mourners. But teared-up viewers noticed an unnamed character standing among the recurring characters, raising questions about his identity.
Meanwhile, Thanos and Stark have a long history in the Marvel comic books. In fact, the prune-chinned galactic conqueror debuted in the February 1973 edition of The Invincible Iron Man. And since then, he’s grown as both a character and a threat before ultimately appearing as the MCU’s supervillain. And considering his evil credentials, he was the logical choice.