Tony Stark Raised a Daughter Destined to Be Like Captain America
At the end of Avengers: Endgame, Tony Stark bid his fellow Avengers (and fans spanning the globe) farewell. Stark completed his narrative arc from egomaniac to world savior, and the film — though existing to defeat Thanos at last — succeeded as a vehicle for Stark and Rogers’ respective heartwrenching denouements.
Stark sacrificed his life, and Steve Rogers sacrificed the shield, choosing to live the life he never indulged. However, Avengers: Endgame left out one more scene featuring Tony Stark — the one with his grown-up daughter played by Katherine Langford.
In the deleted scene, released with the launch of Disney+, Tony Stark stands across from his daughter in the soul world. Confronted with an adult he never got to see grow up, he ponders whether he made the right decision.
Morgan comforts her father, stepping in to dish out some wisdom despite her youth. Morgan Stark explains that she is happy with the time she received, and she understands why her dad sacrificed himself, as someone had to. She is sad, but she is proud.
Morgan Stark articulates her emotions with such clarity; she, in a matter of minutes, reveals a pearl of wisdom and societal grasp way beyond her years — a grasp on sacrifice, the meaning of life, and more. And, in the same instant, she displays a far-reaching selflessness that Tony Stark did not come to possess until years into his life.
Morgan Stark will emulate Captain America (if she continues on in the MCU)
They say parents raise their children in one of two ways — to be just like them or to be the exact opposite. Based on Morgan Stark’s deleted scene, it seems that Tony raised a daughter who is emotionally resilient, understanding, and selfless — qualities Tony has not always boasted. However, these are qualities Captain America has retained from the start.
Tony was always the selfish hero who needed to learn to backburner his own desires. Captain America was always the selfless hero who needed to learn when to put himself first. By the end, Captain America completed his narrative arc, coming to live the life he deserved, and Tony Stark came to sacrifice the one he seized.
Tony Stark, in undergoing the hero’s journey, sculpted a daughter who grew up to understand what it means to be a hero. She grew up to see the world beyond herself — beyond the circle of people involved in her private existence. Meaning, she grew up to be quite like Captain America, based on what we could garner from the deleted scene.
If Morgan Stark continues on in the MCU, she may come to travel down a path similar to Rogers — and antithetical to Tony’s; she will need to learn when sacrifices should not be made. She may need to learn when strength and bravery should come second to personal desires. We all need to “get a life,” as Tony once explained to Rogers, yet it seems that Morgan, at such a ripe age, already understands what it means to sacrifice one for the greater good.