What's up Dacetacular Nation? Chris "The Dace Man" Dace back again with another post Avengers: EndGame speculative article! Join me as I guess and get everything wrong!
Pending the release of the articles, you may or may not have read my hypothetical situations for Steve Rogers. This is going to be essentially the same article but focusing solely on the man who kicked off the Cinematic Universe, Tony Stark. Now you may notice I didn't include a recast option for Tony Stark, and that's because I feel like that is highly unlikely, even more so than Captain America. Public image at this point is Robert Downy Jr. is Iron Man and I believe we are a long way off before talks to recast this pivotal role can be thought of. With that being said let's jump in and figure out how to replace that arc reactor sized hole Mr. Stark may potentially be leaving us with.
The King Continues to Reign
Robert Downy Jr. is absolutely the king of kings when it comes to the Marvel Cinematic Universe. So much so it is kind of hard picturing life after Tony Stark in Marvel Movies. In fact he has been in the most Marvel films (I Absolutely do not count the post-credit scene in Ant-Man for Captain America, it's just a clip of Captain America: Civil War no impact to Ant-Man plot). When I entertain the idea of RDJ sticking with the Tony Stark character, I picture just that. He's retired from the Iron Man suit and is a mentor to others like Peter Parker. In the comics he's even assumed the role of Secretary of Defense at one point and the head of SH.I.E.L.D. so those are two viable options as well if Tony is killed off.
Ms. Potts to the Rescue
Let us make the painful assumption Tony Stark does in fact bite the dust. A character that seems to have been positioned for her debut is Rescue, a.k.a. Pepper Potts in an Iron suit. Rescue had a decent run in the comics and even managed to hold her own. So let's go off the assumption Pepper will be there as Tony takes his last breathe, with a renewed vigor to actually fight the fight rather than complain about unavoidable confrontation, Rescue has potential to be pretty kick-ass. On the off chance Tony lives but is badly injured and can't perform the Iron Man duties she would be a logical padawan for Mr. Stark.
The Iron Heart...Shuri
Now this one could be a bit far fetched if they decide to have Shuri stand out as her own but I feel like there have been small teases at her becoming Iron Heart. I realize that Iron Heart was a completely different character in the comics but it's not a stretch to transition Shuri into that role. They have already pointed out her knack for technology and even outshining Bruce and Tony a bit in Avengers: Infinity War in regards to Vision's construction. She already has the gear we've seen in Black Panther that uses similar propulsion technology Iron Man's Suit does. If they needed an Avenger to replace the missing Iron Man she would have my vote especially if they go the route of just retiring Tony rather than killing him off. Imagine scenes with RDJ and Letita Wright....amazeballs right?
Dead is Dead
I said this with Cap and I'll say it again with Tony, dead is dead. Now this would be the worst option for any one who's been with the MCU since it's 2008 inception but unfortunately the most logical. Robert Downy Jr. will be 54 when the next film comes out, so he's has the potential to turn into a creepy billionaire playboy philanthropist. Not to mention if he's playing his actual age in the movie, his fight scenes would be as painful to watch as an Undertaker match these days. Additional RDJ is the highest paid actor in the MCU to date. Stack all these things on a kill/don't kill sheet and our boy is dead.
The positive to come out of this will be a full payout of the character though, when we first met Tony he was a drunk egotistical jackass who wouldn't make the tough play. By the end of Avengers: EndGame we could see the finalization of the complete 180 for the character. I hate saying this, but I think this is what is going to happen this April. His death would have the biggest impact on the MCU in a way that could be reflected as a positive. Killing Cap is just gonna suck if it happens.
So what do you think is the fate for the other guy burdened with knowledge, Tony Stark?
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