With multiple projects currently in development and so many still on the way, Marvel fans and moviegoers are always looking ahead and asking what’s next? Iron Man 3 isn’t even in theaters but fans want to know if Robert Downey Jr. will be back as Tony Stark in The Avengers two years from now.
With Iron Man 3 representing more of a standalone character story as well as the first chapter of Phase Two of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, the only glimpse into the future of Phase Two it will offer will come after the credits.
Rumors from almost a year ago indicated that Ant-Man may make a first appearance as a button sequence at the end of Iron Man 3 and the Edgar Wright’s recent tweets last week about shooting a scene for one of this year’s summer movies didn’t help erase the speculation. Throw in the fact that the Ant-Man footage screened recently in finished form, after first debuting during an Iron Man 3 panel, and was again teased in The Avengers box set, and an Ant-Man cameo is becoming a more realistic possibility.
More recently, toy designs of new space-capable armor – later made official – helped add credence to another rumor which had Stark possibly flying out of orbit to meet up with the Guardians of the Galaxy, offering another opportunity for Robert Downey Jr. to again do something different with the character down the road.
Thanks to the Iron Man 3 world press tour stop at Le Grand REX in Paris, France last night, we now have an idea of what fans will actually see if they sit tight at the conclusion of the threequel… [Spoilers ahead!]
An attendee of the Iron Man 3 Paris premiere offered this description to Latino-Review of the post-credits sequence:
“It starts with a close shot of Tony Stark on a couch talking about his various traumas, obviously he’s talking to someone, as if he was seeing a shrink, the tone of the scene is light and supposedly funny. Then we discover that the person he’s talking to is Bruce Banner/Mark Ruffalo, who fell asleep because of Tony’s boring story. Tony remarks that Banner has been sleeping during the most part of his story and yells at him, and Banner just mumbles and says “You know, I’m not that kind of doctor!” Then Tony recalls another memory and resumes his monologue, and then we see Banner starting to fall asleep again.”
Much like the shawarma scene at the very end of The Avengers – if the above is indeed an accurate description of what was shown during the Iron Man 3 credits - it’s clear Marvel Studios is aiming to continue offering little bits of fun and humor, not necessarily always relying on including teaser bits to setup another film.
That being said, it’s very possible that, like The Avengers there are two separate scenes shown at the end of the film. One after the top-billed cast and crew are listed during an animation, and another once the full credits roll. Don’t be surprised if there’s another, more revealing tag scene during the credits. It could be held until the film hits theaters April 26th internationally and on May 3rd in North America.
At least this scene pays tribute to the relationship between Bruce Banner (Mark Ruffalo) and Tony Stark in The Avengers, and the ending which saw them drive off together into the sunset.
Iron Man 3 is directed by Shane Black based off of his and Drew Pearce’s screenplay, and stars Robert Downey Jr., Ben Kingsley, Don Cheadle, Gwyneth Paltrow, Guy Pearce, Stephanie Szostak, Jon Favreau, Rebecca Hall, William Sadler, James Badge Dale and the voice of Paul Bettany.
Iron Man 3 releases May 3, 2013, Thor: The Dark World on November 8, 2013, Captain America: The Winter Soldier on April 4, 2014, Guardians of the Galaxy on August 1, 2014, The Avengers 2 on May 1, 2015 and Ant-Man on November 6, 2015.
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