Tony Stark's Unique Character Arc

Marvel Studios
Marvel Studios

No One in Marvel's Avengers Universe has a Character Arc That Compares to Tony Stark's. His missteps, losses, and failures keep making him a better person.

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MOLLY RILEY, AFP/Getty Images

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Bill Ingalls, NASA via Getty Images

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