For more than ten years, the Marvel Cinematic Universe has been around, meaning that there are many superheroes with a lot of strength to choose from. The discussion rages on who’s the greatest Avenger, with Hulk and Thor competing for the title in Thor: Ragnarok, and this year’s Captain Marvel showing up to give them both a run for their cash. However, a meme shared with the subreddit “r / Avengers,” a section where “everything you’ve ever wanted to discuss about Marvel’s elite superhero squad,” claims that Tony Stark / Iron Man is actually the strongest of them all.
The hilarious viral meme
“The real HERO 😎,” u/iam_sati posted.
As you can see, the meme shows Thanos, Hulk, and Tony all using the Infinity Gauntlet. While Thanos and Hulk let out a painful scream when they snapped their fingers, Tony looks extremely calm. Many fans commented on the post to discuss why:
“Neither Thanos or Hulk wanted to die but Tony accepted his fate,” u/linusplaysminecraft explained.
Analysis by a fan- Tony’s inability
“If you watch all the movies together Tony is always getting his left arm injured, he’s always clutching at it. Left arm pain is symptomatic or heart trouble so I’ve always held to the idea that it symbolizes Tony’s inability to heal from getting imprisoned in that cave, and then constantly having that same wound reopened over and over,” u/mynemesisjeph pointed out.
Rising Fan theories
“I read a fan-theory somewhere that said Thanos and Hulk struggled with the Gauntlet because they’re not used to feeling pain due to their immense strength. Tony, being only human, has had to deal with pain his whole life (especially with the arc reactor surgery), so for him, pain is just another day at the office,” u/TC_Buckeye shared.
You can read more theories here.
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