We Missed The Pattern With Iron Man's Arm Up Until 'Avengers: Infinity War,' And Wow

Diply 1 May 2018

Since we've all been experiencing Avengers-mania lately, why not take a closer look at some of the MCU films that led up to gut-wrenching climax of Infinity War?

Specifically, we're going to look at Tony Stark's 10-year journey through the MCU and how persistent injuries to his left arm have haunted him for over a decade.

Warning: Spoilers Ahead!

Alright, guys, we're gonna begin waaaay back in 2008.

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In the film that started it all, Iron Man, Tony Stark puts on his suit to rescue a village from hostiles.

During that scene, he gets a pretty hard blow to his left arm from a tank's shell.

Unbeknownst to us (or Tony, for that matter), this is the first of many left-arm injuries to come.

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Tony's left arm also gets injured in Iron Man 2.

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While reviewing his suit's trauma report (likely during or after a fight with Whiplash), the computer screen shows damage to Tony's left arm.

Coincidence? Based on the injuries to come, we think not.

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Because then, there's Captain America: Civil War, where Tony explicitly says his left arm is numb. 

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Several years later, Tony's arm is still bothering him.

And we hate to say it, but things are about to get much worse.

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Like, getting a two-ton car dropped on your arm kind of worse.

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Remember the airport scene in Civil War?

How 'bout when Scarlet Witch drops an entire parking garage's worth of cars on Iron Man?

Well, one of those vehicles just so happens to land on top of his left arm.

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After the fight, Tony is seen wearing a sling to support his arm.

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Even with his suit acting as armour, we're surprised that car didn't completely crush the left side of his body.

Instead, we see Tony with his arm in a sling. When he removes it later on, it's clear that he's still experiencing a lot of physical pain.

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And because the MCU has absolutely zero mercy, Tony's left arm gets yet another hit near the end of Civil War.

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While battling things out with Captain America and Bucky Barnes, Tony gets pushed off a ledge and breaks his fall with, that's right, his left arm.

Suffice to say, the man's left side has really taken a beating by the end of Civil War.

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Which is probably why Tony is still experiencing pain in his arm in Spider-Man: Homecoming. 

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When Tony shows up to scold Peter Parker like an angry dad in Spider-Man: Homecoming, you can see him grasp his aching left arm.

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And that brings us back to the present day, that is, Avengers: Infinity War.

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While battling Thanos, Tony's suit gets totally wrecked like we've never seen before.

Specifically, it's the left side of his Iron Man suit that gets completely obliterated.

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After it becomes clear that Thanos has won (and that Tony is now stranded alone on Titan), he grasps his left arm.

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At this point, Tony is certainly experiencing a ton of physical and emotional pain.

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So, there you have it: Tony Stark's injured left arm has been a theme throughout 10 years of Marvel movies.

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It feels nice to finally put all the pieces together...

...even though this pattern really sucks for Tony.

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But hey, on the bright side, Tony and Bucky Barnes have a lot more in common than they might know.

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Come on, guys! You both have had terrible things happen to your left arm. Can't you two find some common ground?

What's that, Tony? Bucky still murdered your parents?

Ugh, fine!

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We may not be doctors, but we do think Tony should take it easy and give his left arm some time to heal.


Oh, right. He's currently stranded on an abandoned planet and is now tasked with somehow reversing time and defeating the mad Titan, Thanos.Guess that left arm won't be healing anytime soon.

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