Steven, you don’t have to say anything. I understand you.
What if tony is the villains favorite but he's also Death's favorite? He was called the merchant of death.. maybe he doesn't even know. Like he regularly gets coffee with Cindy the consulting accountant that comes in and works at Stark Industries sometimes and he knows there's something a bit off about her but she was able to get all his employees bonuses last year so he doesn't care. One time a villain sees them, realizes tony f-ing stark is having coffee with Death, and has to take a moment.