– Charlotte Geier
Iron Man’s Heads Up Display (HUD): Iron Man to Avengers: Infinity War
“[Tony] has this sort of existential connection to Thanos.” – Joe Russo
“You realize this interesting parallel between Thanos and Tony. They’re both aware of something from an early point and constantly having to deal with being smarter. Thanos is a futurist as much as Tony Stark.” – Christopher Markus
Tony and Thanos appear to be two heads to the same coin. Between them, they share a lot of remarkable similarities. But what separates them is heart. Tony has compassion, while Thanos does not.
This is emphasized in Avengers: Infinity War. Thanos hurls his adopted daughter, Gamora, off a cliff; while Tony promises his son-figure, Peter, he will catch him when he falls.
Tony wants to save the universe by safeguarding as many lives as he can, while Thanos believes saving the
necessitates massive loss of life. They are equal, yet opposite.