Cap’s Infinity War Mistake Reveals Why The Avengers Also Needed Iron Man

Captain America's (Chris Evans) big mistake in Avengers: Infinity War perfectly explains why the Avengers also needed Iron Man (Robert Downey Jr). As founding heroes of the MCU, both Tony Stark and Steve Rogers functioned as co-leaders of Earth's Mightiest Heroes. They have their fundamental differences and these caused them several conflicts over the years. But while Captain America may seem like the more obvious choice to spearhead the superhero team given his strong moral compass, Iron Man is as integral to the whole operation.

Much has been said about the real reason why the Avengers lost in Avengers: Infinity War. In reality, there were several factors that contributed to it, and that includes Captain America's refusal to let Vision (Paul Bettany) sacrifice himself so that Thanos couldn't get a hold of the Mind Stone. As per The Marvels director, Nia DaCosta, it was illogical for the Super Soldier to insist on saving the synthezoid over the fate of the universe. Steve actually did something similar in Avengers: Age of Ultron when he refused to sacrifice any civilian on the floating Sokovia even if meant endangering more people on the ground. Fortunately, at that time, Nick Fury (Samuel L. Jackson) came in to evacuate everyone using the Hellicarriers.

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Both scenarios highlight Captain America's biggest mistake when it comes to leadership — he's unable to make a difficult call; he's always optimistic that things will pan out for the best, so he sticks to his gut and refuses to compromise. Sometimes, it works, like in Avengers: Age of Ultron; other times, it doesn't like what happened in Avengers: Infinity War. Vision ends up dying anyway and Thanos also gets the Mind Stone for the snap. The only real exception to this is if it calls for a personal sacrifice; as seen in Captain America: The First Avenger, Steve doesn't have any problem giving up his own life for a greater cause. These are all commendable attributes of a hero, but there are instances where the Avengers need a more pragmatist approach to things. This is where Tony comes in and be of significance. While Iron Man has his own flaws, the Avengers could always count on him to make an informed and confident decision. He's able to examine the situation and come up with a clear plan of action for the greater good. Admittedly, Iron Man isn't as noble and good-natured as Captain America. Even when he became an Avenger, he continued to make mistakes despite having the best of intentions. But, in this regard, he's better than the Super-Soldier, and together as co-leads of the Avengers, they balance each other out.

This point is most prominently highlighted in the conflict regarding the Sokovia Accords in Captain America: Civil War. While Captain America was quickly dismissive of the idea, Tony explained that if they didn't at least consider and negotiate, things would only get worse for them. So instead of causing more problems by defying the mandate from the United Nations, he suggested that it's best to play nice and diplomatically resolve the situation. Just because Tony was all for signing the Sokovia Accords didn't mean that he would've mindlessly followed orders that felt wrong or didn't make sense. However, he also understood that petulantly resisting it wouldn't do them any good. Captain America, on the other hand, didn't want to hear any of it. He was firm in his decision to not compromise for the sake of maintaining peace. In fact, even Black Widow (Scarlett Johansson) reminded Steve that punching his way out of the situation wasn't the best approach.

By Avengers: Endgame, both heroes proved that, despite their differences, they can work together. It's difficult to say what would've been Iron Man's stance regarding Vision's fate in Avengers: Infinity War. After all, the synthezoid was essentially his child. But considering what was at stake, one thing's for sure: he would be rational and logical about his decision.

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