Among those losses are MCU original Avengers Black Widow and Tony Stark. Yet even after the on-screen deaths of these characters, some fans refused to believe that they were truly gone. After all, these are two beloved heroes that audiences are significantly invested in. Scarlett Johansson had played Natasha Romanoff for nine years, in fact, and Robert Downey Jr. was Stark for 11.
So perhaps their deaths put distraught fans on the back foot when Stark’s funeral came around at the close of Avengers: Endgame. Yet there’s a lot to take in during the emotional scene, including a clip that pans across all of the mourners. And it’s in this shot when teared-up viewers noticed an unnamed character standing among the recurring heroes. This then raised understandable questions about the young man’s identity.
But perhaps a look at the long history of Thanos and Stark will help shed some light. You see, the prune-chinned galactic conqueror actually debuted in the February 1973 edition of The Invincible Iron Man comic book. And since then, he’s grown as both a character and a threat before ultimately appearing as the MCU’s supervillain.