Iron Man takes on Kylo Ren in a symbolic piece of Marvel vs. Star Wars fan art. Two of the biggest blockbusters of last year were Avengers: Endgame and Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker. The former was not only the highest-grossing film of 2019 but also of all-time, eclipsing 2009’s Avatar. Marvel Studios and Lucasfilm are both owned by Disney; however, Avengers: Endgame and Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker share similarities beyond their profit-driven agendas.
Both films aimed to bring a satisfying conclusion to years worth of storytelling. While Avengers: Endgame wrapped up the character arcs of major players in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker brought an end to the Skywalker saga. Major sacrifices are made at the end of each film. In Avengers: Endgame, Tony Stark aka Iron Man uses the Infinity Stones to snap Thanos and his army out of existence and in Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker, Kylo Ren aka Ben Solo transfers his life force to Rey—two previously “selfish” characters (a “textbook narcissist” and dark side user) dying for the greater good.
Freelance artist, Camille Vialet recently posted a picture to Instagram featuring these two martyrs. This new piece of fan art sees Robert Downey Jr.’s Iron Man and Adam Driver’s Kylo Ren go head-to-head. Check out nanotechnology take on the Force below:
In the same way that 2008’s Iron Man and the character of Tony Stark gave birth to the MCU, Kylo Ren is central to the Skywalker saga. The character’s desire to live up to the legacy of his bloodline is a driving force (no pun intended) in the sequel trilogy. The departure of these characters marks the beginning of a new era for both the MCU and Star Wars.
Avengers: Endgame did much better than Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker both critically and commercially. Unlike the MCU (which had a well of proven source material to draw from), the Star Wars sequel trilogy had an inimitable legacy working against it. Now in Phase 4, the MCU will move forward with a full slate of movies and TV show, while the future of Star Wars cinema remains shrouded in mystery. It appears certain that we will never see Iron Man square off against Kylo Ren on the big screen. Nanotech, lightsabers, and the Force aside, it’s fair to say that Iron Man won a metaphorical fight by spear-heading a critically acclaimed universe (and being a well-rounded character).