‘Falcon and The Winter Soldier’ fans discuss if Iron Man should have paid the Avengers
*Spoilers for Falcon and The Winter Soldier*
The death of Tony Stark at the end of Avengers: Endgame is something that will haunt Marvel fans forever. Without Tony and Iron Man, there would have been no Avengers and MCU. But, after Falcon and The Winter Soldier, Iron Man is under the scrutiny of the internet. Even though he isn’t in the series, he plays a role in a significant plot device for Sam Wilson’s Falcon. The question is, should Iron Man have paid the Avengers?
The question came into existence after the premiere of the first episode of Falcon and The Winter Soldier. Sam Wilson (Anthony Mackie) and his sister Sarah (Adepero Oduye) went to a bank to get a loan to help with their family’s dire financial situation. There, we learned that Sam and all of the other Avengers never really made a buck from all the world-saving they did in the past decade. And Tony Stark never paid them a nickel for their hard work. They were doing it just out of goodwill, without receiving any salary. And because of the Blip, Sam couldn’t get his much-needed loan either. And thus, everyone started pointing fingers at Stark.
Should Iron Man have paid the Avengers? Falcon and The Winter Soldier fans argue
Of course, viewers of the show could not ignore something like the saviors of the world not even getting minimum wage. After all, Tony Stark built a state-of-the-art Avengers facility in upstate New York. Surely he could have given a decent wage to his friends who helped him save the universe? And as expected, the arguments around this plot device from Falcon and The Winter Soldier got pretty intense. On one camp, there were people criticizing Iron Man for not paying the Avengers. They even brought King T’Chala into the equation, because he was the king of the richest country in all of human history. Here are some of the arguments (and amazing memes) from this debate:
Can't believe all the Avengers were unpaid interns. Smh Tony Stark remains a villain even in death. 😔
— Zig Zaddy Kane (@yayforzig) March 20, 2021
This is what Tony Stark paid the Avengers pic.twitter.com/T20iHDbS2w
— Kufi Kingston (@XTheExiled) March 20, 2021
— BossLogic (@Bosslogic) March 20, 2021
Tony Stark is a libertarian and the Avengers weren't unionized. Of course they weren't paid. Bucky had to go Wakanda for healthcare! https://t.co/Px8q9vYIdN
— n.n.n.n (@_No__) March 19, 2021
falcon took part in saving the entire universe from extinction and still gotta deal with discriminatory loan practices. tony stark is burning in hell idc what he did
— dash • they/them (@thedigitaldash_) March 20, 2021
tony stark a real billionaire bc none of his co-workers ever got paid
— mlk interlude (@putinaspliff) March 19, 2021
bro tony stark was the richest man on earth and tchalla was the king of an entire country and u telling me they couldnt pay the avengers a salary 😭😭 no way
— chris (@icedoutomnitrix) March 19, 2021
But, Iron Man wasn’t without his defenders. There were many fans who sided with Tony Stark on this issue. Some even highlighted that Bucky Barnes (Sebastian Stan) from Falcon and The Winter Soldier killed Tony’s parents. Why on Earth would he give him a living? Moreover, others highlighted that Sam was gone in the Blip, so how could Tony have paid for his finances? One even said that he literally gave them all a home to live in Avengers HQ and gave them the latest weapons to save the Earth. But, again that’s not the same as a living wage.
“Tony Stark should have left Sam and Bucky some money!”
Yeah, I wonder why he didn’t leave Bucky anything… pic.twitter.com/RG8Z8gx4en
— Pat Guy (@ThisPatGuy) March 20, 2021
Sam Wilson was dead for 5 years. Tony Stark died the day Sam Wilson came back to life.
How in the world are Sam’s financial problems caused by Tony?
— Jake (@Vaughanilla_Ice) March 20, 2021
The MCU Stans are trying to cancel Tony Stark because he didn't pay the members of the Avengers even though..
1. He wasn't the leader, Cap was
2. He literally gave them all a home in a massive complex at Avengers HQ
3. He designs and builds their tech and weapon's. pic.twitter.com/0L4KND14Hp
— That REDACTED Guy (@REDACTEDSpider) March 20, 2021
So, what do you guys think? Should Iron Man have paid the Avengers? Despite their goodwill, did they deserve a minimum wage at the very least? Moreover, if you’ve watched Falcon and The Winter Soldier, let us know in the comments about your thoughts on the show.