Tony Stark Was The Only Ultimate Target Of Thanos. No One Else Mattered To Him ('Infinity War' Explained)

There is a huge difference between Thanos and every other villain shown in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Aside from Gamora, the Mad Titan did not intentionally kill anyone. He faced those that wanted to stop him from getting the Infinity Stones, but he was actually a pacifist. However, he might have wanted to kill Tony Stark. Here are the details.


The battle of Titan was one of the most intense moments of ‘Avengers: Infinity War’, as the Guardians, Spider-Man, Doctor Strange, and Iron Man tried to take the Infinity Gauntlet from Thanos and stop him. Many fans believe that Star-Lord was to blame for their failure in this mission, and that might very well be true, but the fight that came after was impressive.

After seemingly defeating all the other superheroes, Iron Man was left to battle against Thanos basically alone. The Mad Titan was understandably angry at this point because they had toyed with his mind, thanks to Mantis, as well as continuously tried to hurt him. He was also emotional because of the loss of Gamora, for his ultimate goal as it was made clear that Thanos was not just evil.

He had real emotions and was standing on his planet, where he originally came up with the plan to wipe out half of the universe so that others would not have to face the destruction he lived. Furthermore, he also learned that Ebony Maw was killed by the people there. Some viewers might have been on his side at this point because he genuinely believed his actions were selfless, and he was willing to sacrifice a lot to achieve his goal.

However, his scene with Iron Man was a little different. After battling intensely for a while, it seemed like Thanos truly wanted to destroy Tony Stark, but it was also like he knew him personally. The Mad Titan could have easily succeeded in killing Tony if Doctor Strange had not intervened – Iron Man was even stabbed at one point.


There is a reason why Thanos targeted Tony unlike the rest of the heroes on Titan, whom he merely incapacitated to move on. Even the Russo brothers talked about his intentions. While the Mad Titan is cruel in many ways, he does not make an effort to kill anyone in particular. He knows there is a more humane way to do it once he gets the six Infinity Stones.

He will eliminate them, though, if they get in the way of his final goal, and Tony Stark is the only superhero that Thanos recognizes as a real threat. After taking away the fake Eye of Agamotto from Doctor Strange and discovering that the Time Stone is not there, he gets even angrier that Tony Stark is still battling on.

Furthermore, the Russos revealed that the Mad Titan saw Tony Stark in ‘The Avengers’ when he went to space to get rid of the nuke and finally closed the portal the Chitauri were using to enter New York. He knows that Tony thwarted an impressive and villainous plan and that he might be the only person who can defeat him. This is proof that Thanos is no fool and does not underestimate others, despite believing himself better than anyone else.

Both Thanos and Tony are futurists, worrying about what lies ahead. Iron Man has been thinking about the threat of Thanos, despite not knowing his name, since the Chitauri Invasion. Meanwhile, the Mad Titan has been planning to destroy half the universe for a while, and Tony kept getting in his way. When Thanos told him that they were both “cursed with knowledge”, the parallels between both characters were obvious.


The Mad Titan knows that the rest of the universe will eventually become like Titan, and he wants to stop it - albeit through insane means - and Tony wants to protect Earth at all costs from any other invasion. It’s a burden that they have been carrying for a while. Therefore, it has been hinted that they are each other’s enemy.

After Doctor Strange gave up the Time Stone to save Tony from death, Thanos turned away from killing his enemy, staying true to his word against all odds. He was probably confident at this point. After all, there was only one more to stone to get and his goal would be complete. However, that might have been his biggest mistake, and the reason Doctor Strange sacrificed the gem.

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The master of the mystic arts traveled to the future and saw millions of possible outcomes to the fight against Thanos, and many fans theorize that Tony Stark has to be vitally important for Stephen to give Thanos the Time Stone. It would make sense because the Marvel Cinematic Universe started with Iron Man. He is the defacto leader of the Avengers and the one who seems to care most.

Captain America has also been a leader for the Avengers, but it’s almost as if Iron Man has a bigger sense of responsibility to protect the world - even from superheroes. That is why he wanted to sign the Sokovia Accords. Steve Rogers could not see things his way because Tony is always thinking ahead, while the Cap lives in the present.

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There is also a chance that both of these characters might be killed in ‘Avengers: Endgame’ because Robert Downey Jr. and Chris Evans’ contracts with Marvel are over after that film. But, many fans hope that they will be given a proper goodbye instead of such a horrible ending. They led the MCU to success over more than ten years, and it would a disservice to everyone if their final tale was wasted.

Let us know if you think Thanos should have killed Tony Stark, even if he promised not to for the Time Stone. Most other villains would have done it. If you liked this article, share it with your friends that loved seeing the Mad Titan triumph at the end of ‘Avengers: Infinity War.’ See you next time!

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