At the end of AVENGERS: AGE OF ULTRON, Tony Stark says it’s time for him to “tap out” and leave the Avengering to Captain America, Black Widow, and the new recruits. He’s still bankrolling The Avengers, obviously, but his time as a regular, active member of the team appears to be at an end. The only people we see Tony interact with right before we learn about his partial (and probably temporary) retirement are Thor and Cap, the two characters who were most visibly upset with Tony during the film. Everyone is very cordial again in this scene, but Cap doesn’t try that hard, or at all really, to get Tony to stay. This left me wondering if perhaps some Avengers were happy to see Tony go.
During a recent Q&A for the Blu-ray release of AVENGERS: AGE OF ULTRON (out today), I asked Marvel Studios President Kevin Feige this very question. He answered, “I don’t know if there’s anybody overtly happy to see him go. He’s not necessarily going too far. He’s funding that whole operation on his father’s old warehouse as we learned in ANT-MAN. So, no, I don’t think there’s a sense of ‘good riddance’… yet.”
It appears Tony Stark is relatively in the clear for now. Despite the role he played in the creation of Ultron, no Avengers are harboring any immediate ill will toward Tony. Even so, I don’t think every Avenger is as big a fan of Tony now as they might have been when the team first formed.
Forgiving and forgetting are two different things, so when new issues arise in CAPTAIN AMERICA: CIVIL WAR, some old wounds from AGE OF ULTRON could reopen. In response to a question I’d asked earlier in the session, Feige mentioned that we’ll learn about things that happened between AGE OF ULTRON and CIVIL WAR that have made things personal for Tony and Cap. No one’s jumping for joy over Tony’s departure now, but they might be wishing he’d stayed gone next May.