**WARNING: Spoilers ahead.
While it took a whole team of Earth's mightiest heroes to go after Thanos, one Marvel fan has reminded us that the entire MCU owes a debt of gratitude to the actions of one regular man.
WARNING: Spoilers ahead.
It's been a long road for the Marvel Cinematic Universe, 11 years and 22 movies all leading up to the final fight with Thanos. For those who still haven't caught Avengers: Endgame this is where the spoilers come in.
By now the rest of us know that Tony Stark laid down his life to save the universe and defeat Thanos—making the ultimate sacrifice Tony snapped his fingers and was killed by the overwhelming energy produced by the Infinity Gauntlet.
But as great a debt the universe owes to Iron Man's sacrifice, Tony himself remembers that his journey began 11 years outside that cave in Afghanistan.
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From that point on Tony began his odyssey as Iron Man.
But one Marvel fan has reminded us that Tony, Iron Man, The Avengers and the entire MCU might not have come to be if not for the extraordinary sacrifice of one ordinary man, Dr. Ho Yinsen.
After taking shrapnel from one of his own weapons, Tony was as good as dead as the small pieces of metal made their way to his heart. But Yinsen stepped in to save Tony's life.
Later Yinsen laid down his life to save Tony once again as he made his escape from the cave in Afghanistan where he was being held prisoner by the terrorist group known as the Ten Rings.
With his final breath Yinsen reminded the then arms-dealing, war-mongering, billionaire playboy Tony:
"Don't waste your life."
At the time Yinsen may have saved just one man, but indirectly his sacrifice saved the entire MCU.
"..And whoever saves one, it is as if he had saved mankind entirely.."(Quran 5:32) And without realizing the MCU ma… https://t.co/9kJlj5IrcO— Maliha Fairooz (@Maliha Fairooz)1557324925.0
Not only did Yinsen lay down his life, but he did it all for a man he could have easily hated or blamed for the death of his family.
Yinsen led by example of Islam in terms of seeing the best in people. He knew Starks military involvement in foreig… https://t.co/T8FcMiBEnc— Maliha Fairooz (@Maliha Fairooz)1557324926.0
He spoke to the side of Tony that wanted good for humanity. He patiently educated him on the what/where his weapons… https://t.co/tZx1cLHOgt— Maliha Fairooz (@Maliha Fairooz)1557324926.0
What mattered to Yinsen is at that moment Tony was being wronged and he needed help. 'What is right' is to stand fo… https://t.co/ggWJ4QJbHX— Maliha Fairooz (@Maliha Fairooz)1557324926.0
Finally 'turning away from the ignorant'. He learns that Tony wasn't directly involved in the decision making. So h… https://t.co/MFxXCP131q— Maliha Fairooz (@Maliha Fairooz)1557324926.0
And finally, watching the scene where Yinsen is shooting into the cave. His goal is to stall the bad guys so he sta… https://t.co/CNsXJ13JKS— Maliha Fairooz (@Maliha Fairooz)1557324926.0
Instead Yinsen shoots towards the walls of the cave making grunts and noises to shoo away people like wow dude even… https://t.co/CAasEuPR9s— Maliha Fairooz (@Maliha Fairooz)1557324927.0
So not only is this an amazing portrayal of a Muslim that isn't simply wearing a tasbeeh or reading the Quran but r… https://t.co/r7F5OPsHM2— Maliha Fairooz (@Maliha Fairooz)1557324927.0
So there you have it folks, no IronMan without a Muslim. So be cognizant of your actions this Ramadan and after. Yo… https://t.co/HH7Qqbd7zc— Maliha Fairooz (@Maliha Fairooz)1557325175.0
Yinsen not only saved Tony's life, but his soul as well.
Yinsen may have been an unsung Marvel hero up until now, but the thread honoring his sacrifice soon went viral for all the right reasons.
@malihaness Thank you for this thread, I have always thought that Yinsen is one of the most under appreciated Marve… https://t.co/TFMsdcPNDM— Ed Dixon (@Ed Dixon)1557358654.0
@malihaness @raspiras8 I’m real emotional right now. After the kind of week the world has been presenting this was… https://t.co/yBTFKcCBr7— Yao black (@Yao black)1557365027.0
@malihaness https://t.co/AoaVkzCXev— stupid dumb animal (@stupid dumb animal)1557362427.0
@malihaness Thank you for enlighting me on something that I wasn't aware, these movies continue to show symbolism e… https://t.co/GITJHNmpR1— Rui Garcia (@Rui Garcia)1557344409.0
@malihaness sister, this thread is literally one of the most blessed things I've read this ramadan, thank you for it 💜 ramadan mubarak 💜💜💜— امنه خان (a.k.a. jay) ☪️/🏳️🌈/⚧ (@امنه خان (a.k.a. jay) ☪️/🏳️🌈/⚧)1557470336.0
@malihaness @swinning_id https://t.co/npyvSIgECX— Kevin Stahlecker (@Kevin Stahlecker)1557366679.0
@malihaness This really is a beautiful example of how world cultures and pop culture are so intertwined. We need mo… https://t.co/El6cxT5Nvd— Kevin Stahlecker (@Kevin Stahlecker)1557368101.0
And in the end Yinsen's story reminded fans that In a world full of billionaire playboy geniuses, Norse gods and powerful super-humans, that one of the greatest heroes was nothing more than a good man.
@malihaness Such an important thread. The actions of one, the faith of one, the mercy of one, the courage of one ca… https://t.co/SIAFGxQnsq— Ziggy (@Ziggy)1557399972.0
@BRIANJ32 @DevourerOfTime @malihaness @MusclesMurphy https://t.co/fTnARWtERY— Will Bower 🏄🏼♂️ (@Will Bower 🏄🏼♂️)1557377876.0
@malihaness The two most underappreciated heroes of the MCU are Yinsen and this nameless SHIELD tech from Winter So… https://t.co/phuHIs42vI— Drave the Moonrascal (@Drave the Moonrascal)1557462314.0
@moinsyyed1985 @malihaness Thanos never had a chance when my boi Yinsen is out here— Ryan. (@Ryan.)1557365285.0
@malihaness Ho Yinsen the real MVP. This scene carries so much emotional weight now knowing what happens in #Endgame— Zach Salazar (@Zach Salazar)1557379022.0
@malihaness I never ever forgot what this man did for Tony Stark. Honestly, those scenes with Tony and Yinsen were… https://t.co/U5KFTcLIUI— MrGojira95 (@MrGojira95)1557564844.0
@malihaness I've never read a more beautiful thread that mixes my two favorite things. Comic books & human dignity.… https://t.co/pB3VVmJBnP— Bryan Madrigal (@Bryan Madrigal)1557373101.0
@malihaness @Asher_Enterprix https://t.co/OO2qZQ6Fpy— Qtowncrazy (@Qtowncrazy)1557446098.0