Wow, the Marvel Universe is hopping! Every day something new pops up either confirming or shedding new light on trending Marvel theories and rumors. Right now, the hottest subject is the Avengers 4 title.
A few weeks ago, Jeremy Conrad revealed the possible title of Avengers 4 on his website, MCU Cosmic. According to him, the title is Avengers: Annihilation. While Disney nor Marvel have confirmed this, it’s starting to look like he is right.
Kevin Feige recently gave an update saying the first Avengers 4 trailer will drop before the end of the year. Most believe it will come the last week of November, around the same time as the first Avengers: Infinity War trailer.
At Ace Comic-Con last month, Chris Evans clarified his farewell tweet and told fans the tweet isn’t a hint about Captain America’s fate. So we can stop panicking. The tweet is not a spoiler confirming Steve Rodgers’ death.
We’ve also had some puzzling pictures of upcoming Avengers 4 action figures. First, there was a leaked image of the back of an action figure box showing Thor, Rocket, and Captain America in strange, black and white suits. The suits look very similar to the one Hank Pym wears before entering the Quantum Realm.
Another leaked picture of 6″ Hero Vision action figures caught people’s attention because one of the figures looks like Rescue.
Who is Rescue? Rescue is the armor Tony Stark builds for Pepper Potts. It’s seen in the comics and in the animated Iron Man series. Rescue is purple and silver and, like Tony’s other armors, is powered by an arc reactor.
Does this mean Pepper Potts is suiting up in Avengers 4? It’s possible. While filming Avengers 4, Gwyneth Paltrow posted a picture on her Instagram feed of her in a motion-capture suit. Then, not too long ago, another picture of Paltrow surfaced, only this time she is wearing what looks like purple and silver armor.
Maybe, due to what happened in Infinity War, Tony Stark gives up being Iron Man and Pepper Potts takes his place?
Just yesterday Joe Russo answered a few questions about Avengers 4 during a live Q&A on Instagram. Of course, he didn’t give away too much information, but he did say some interesting things, like:
- The stakes in Avengers 4 are 100% higher than any other Marvel movie (although I don’t know how they can beat the stakes in Infinity War).
- Avengers 4 is currently 3 hours long, but they are not sure if that runtime will hold.
- They are about halfway through editing and are still working on effects and VFX shots.
- We “may or may not see” the trailer before 2019 (I still think we’ll see it later this month).
Finally, we have the announcement about Marvel characters getting their own TV shows on Disney’s upcoming streaming service, which should launch sometime next year.
Loki fans can start celebrating because Loki is getting his own show (and, yes, Tom Hiddleston will play him).
Loki isn’t the only one set to appear on Disney’s new platform (called Disney Plus). Other rumored Marvel shows are Scarlet Witch, a Winter Soldier series with Bucky Barnes and Sam Wilson, and, maybe, a Hawkeye series.
Alright, now that we’re caught up on the latest Avengers 4 headlines, let’s get to the topic of today: Tony Stark.
We’ve had some fascinating developments about Tony Stark and what may or may not happen to him in Avengers 4!
Thankfully, none of these tidbits involve Iron Man dying because, as you all know, I hate those theories. It doesn’t matter how noble his death is, I don’t want to see it.
Yes, I know Robert Downey Jr’s contract with Marvel expired once he finished filming Avengers 4. As far as we know, the big three (Downey, Evans, and Hemsworth) are done playing their superhero alter egos.
What people seem to forget, though, is that expiring contracts doesn’t mean death. If you recall, when asked about whether ending a story equals a character’s death, Kevin Feige said that’s not necessarily the case. He then talked about the finale of Star Trek: The Next Generation (All Good Things) and how it brought the series to a close without killing off the main cast.
Personally, I like All Good Things and would love it if Avengers 4 had a similar ending. So, with that in mind, let’s review the latest rumors surrounding the armored futurist because I think the odds of him surviving are in our favor.
Was Tony’s dream a foreshadowing of future events?
Tony Stark: Last night, I dreamt, we had a kid. It was so real. We named him after your eccentric uncle. Uh, what was his name?
Pepper Potts: (Smiling and nodding) Right.
Tony Stark: Morgan! Morgan.
Pepper Potts: So, you woke up and thought that we were…
Tony Stark: Expecting?
Pepper Potts: Yeah.
Tony Stark: Yes?
Pepper Potts: (Shaking her head no) No.
Tony Stark: I had a dream about it. It was so real.
Well, well, this is interesting!
In Avengers: Infinity War, Tony tells Pepper about a vivid dream he had the night before. In the dream, he and Pepper have a son. Since Marvel loves planting easter eggs in their movies, no one believes this is a random conversation between Pepper and Tony.
But will Tony really have a kid?
Well, folks, it looks like he might. Let’s start with a spoiler from Gwyneth Paltrow in the official Infinity War magazine. When asked in an interview about Pepper and Tony’s relationship and how it stands, Paltrow said:
“Pepper and Tony have had a really long journey together. She obviously starts as his dutiful assistant, and then the relationship evolves, and now this decade later they’re married, and they have a child. Their relationship has evolved in all of the ways that great romances evolve”.
Apparently, Tony and Pepper get married (in Infinity War they are only engaged), have a relationship that evolves over decades, and have a child!
I’m a little surprised this slipped through. Surely someone proofreads these magazines for spoilers. Still, it’s there in black and white print. Somehow, someway, Tony and Pepper have a kid.
But who’s the kid? This brings us to another exciting twist in the Stark saga.
Jumping Through Time:
At this point, I’d say you can count on seeing time travel in Avengers 4. From Janet mentioning time vortexes in Ant-Man and Wasp, to the pictures of Tony with blondish-gray hair and wearing a S.H.I.E.L.D uniform, to Feige’s Star Trek reference, the evidence for time altering shenanigans is piling up.
Everyone assumes Avengers 4 will start right where Avengers: Infinity War left off, but it’s looking more and more like that’s not the case. Several credible sources (not just one), say that Avengers 4 picks up five years after Avengers: Infinity War. That alone gives Tony and Pepper plenty of time to get married and have a son.
But wait, things just got more complicated due to a new announcement. About two weeks ago, we learned that Katherine Langford is playing a mysterious role in Avengers 4. We don’t know how big her role is because Marvel is keeping her character a secret; however, according to MCU Cosmic, she is playing the grown daughter of Tony and Pepper🤯!
Again, this is just a rumor, but a fascinating one nonetheless. Another theory is that she is Hawkeye’s protegé, Kate Bishop.
The problem fans have with her being Tony’s daughter is that Katherine Langford is an adult. This would put Avengers 4 (or portions of it) decades into the future. Exactly!
There is a chance that Tony Stark (through time travel) will see his life twenty years from now–a life where he and Pepper are married and have a daughter.
However, we can’t have a movie without a tear-jerking moment, right? Of course not. This is where Tony’s sacrifice takes place. The future Tony sees is a future from the current present–the present where half of the universe is a pile of ash. Changing the past to undo the Snap and bring everyone back means Tony must give up that future with Pepper and their daughter.
A Brighter Reality:
While seeing Tony kiss his family goodbye would be emotional, it doesn’t mean he will never have a family. It just means the devastating aftermath of Infinity War is no more.
Back in August, the Russo brothers hosted an Avengers: Infinity War Viewing Party on Vudu. During the party, they were asked about Tony’s dream and answered with a tweet saying, “It was a dream, but dreams are mysterious.”
Is it possible his dream is a distant memory of a different life from an alternate reality?
Having Tony marry Pepper and possibly hang up his armor after saving humanity one last time would be a satisfying way to end his arc without emotionally destroying every Iron Man fan in the theater. The audience would know that Tony will indeed have a family but in a brighter future than the one shown in the aftermath of Infinity War.
Unfortunately, Marvel is keeping a tight lid on what will happen to our favorite characters, and all we can do is guess about Tony Stark’s fate in the MCU.