Tony's reunion with Howard Stark solved his life-long problems with his father and motivated Iron Man's sacrifice at the end of Avengers: Endgame.
Attention SPOILERS. The emotional reunion of Tony Stark (Robert Downey Jr.) with Howard Stark (John Slattery) explains the sacrifice of Hombre de Hierro at the end of Avengers: Endgame, which concluded the Infinity Saga with the defeat of Thanos (Josh Brolin).
Five years after the tragic end of Avengers: Infinity WarTony retires from his superhero career to live a quiet life with Pepper Potts (Gwyneth Paltrow) and her daughter, Morgan (Lexi Rabe). However, he meets again with his fellow Avengers to bring back those who disappeared at Thanos' first "snap". The heroes of Marvel they decide to travel back in time to get the Gems that Thanos himself destroyed with the second "click".
As the team breaks into smaller groups, each with its own assigned era and an Infinity Stone to catch, Iron Man and Captain America (Chris Evans) are forced to improvise and leap further back in time. 70 to steal the Tesseract. There, Tony Stark meets his father just before his birth, giving him the opportunity to solve his problems with Howard.
Tony Stark had a difficult relationship with his father.
He described Howard Stark to Nick Fury (Samuel L. Jackson) in Iron man 2 as "cold and calculating," adding that she never showed any affection for him. While maintaining a warmer dynamic with his mother, Maria Stark (Hope Davis). Tony's relationship with his father never improved, and he regretted not having arranged things with him before they were brutally murdered by him. Winter Soldier (Sebastian Stan). Tony's encounter with his father helped conclude the character's journey before his death at the end of Avengers: Endgame. Apart from that, it is also a motivating factor for his final heroic act.
Based on Tony's memory of his father, Howard was never really close. He was even working the day his wife was giving birth to their first child. While a younger Tony would have been more resentful of his father for this, he surprisingly understands it because at the time, he personally knows what it's like to be in his father's place. His passage as the superhero Iron Man best informed him of his father's contributions to safeguard humanity with Howard's involvement in the creation of S.H.I.E.L.D. and the Super Soldier Program among others. This helped Tony realize that the reason his father was not around his family was because he was busy contributing to society, and Tony sees himself as his father.
The important thing is to leave a better world for the new generations.
Before Thanos' arrival, Iron Man was consumed with work, determined to ensure that Earth was better prepared for another alien invasion similar to the Battle of New York in The Avengers (2012). When they lost in Infinity War, his worst nightmare came, but the tragedy gave him the opportunity to focus on his personal life that led to his wonderful five years with his own family. Tony's understanding that he is like his father to this aspect makes it easy for him to put on the Infinity Gauntlet later in the film despite knowing that it will kill him. He is confident in the idea that if he could forgive Howard for prioritizing the greater good over his family, Morgan could eventually forgive him as well.
Tony's encounter with Howard also explains his strange conversation with Morgan (Katherine Langford) in the deleted scene from Avengers: Endgame of the Soul Stone World. Fearful that his daughter would be resentful of him in the same way that she was of her father, Tony rambles on whether or not he made the right decision to sacrifice himself to defeat Thanos. Morgan assures her that her sacrifice was worth it as it allowed her to grow in a safe world. In the end, she quells his fears of leaving her and tells her that it's okay to leave. Closing a circle that started in 2008 with the movie Iron Man.
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