Russo Brothers Suggest Iron Man Has a Connection to Thanos

Robert Downey Jr. and Josh Brolin in "Avengers: Infinity War"

What’s the deal with Thanos and Iron Man? Mild Avengers: Infinity War spoilers ahead.

If you caught Avengers: Infinity War earlier this year, then you probably have a whole bunch of questions regarding what went down and what will happen next. One question that has been coming up in particular is how Thanos knows so much about Iron Man/Tony Stark, considering the fact they’ve never met.

In the commentary track released with the movie’s digital download, the Russo brothers and screenwriters Christopher Markus and Stephen McFeely have offered something of an answer to this question. They all pointed towards the idea that Thanos respects Iron Man due to parallels between the pair.

“He’s aware of Stark from the original Battle of New York as the person who undid the plan,” Joe Russo said.

“It’s interesting because, as Thanos moves forward from this moment, once he disposes of his armor, he almost becomes a holy warrior where he doesn’t spend a lot of his energy intentionally trying to murder people unless they are, in some way, a threat to his agenda.

“Almost no-one ends up being a threat to the agenda except for Tony, who I think he feels has a sort of existential connection to Thanos.”