doctor strange: [to tony] i would let both you and the kid die before i gave up the time stone
thanos: hey give me the time stone
Tony, there was no other way.
Some Strange screencaps I made from IW
When Tony asks Strange how many they win out of the 14 million possible futures, and, oh god, that look Strange gives Tony when he says, “One.” It was sorrowful. Like he was apologizing to Tony in particular.
Strange knows whatever future it takes to beat Thanos will be incredibly hard on Tony. I mean, until that moment, Strange called Tony “douchebag,” referred to him with detachment (”Stark”), but then there? At the end? He softly calls him, “Tony” for the first time while making sure Tony knew that, “There was no other way” with a solemn shake of his head. He’s so fucking sorry Tony is about to go through whatever’s to come next, but Strange knows it’s all resting on Tony’s shoulders from here on out. Whatever Strange saw made Tony earn his respect.