Endgame Theory: Blond Tony Stark Is From A Different Timeline

Avengers: Endgame's trailers have confirmed a blond-haired Tony Stark - is it possible this Iron Man is from an alternate dimension?

Blond Tony Stark in Avengers Endgame

Avengers: Endgame will feature a blond Tony Stark - could he come from a different timeline. The plot of Avengers: Endgame remains a closely guarded secret, with the Russo brothers insisting that it has "even more spoilers than the last one." Kevin Feige went so far as to suggest that trailers and TV spots may be drawn from just the first 15-20 minutes of the film; it's pretty clear at this stage that wasn't the case, but nevertheless, it indicates just how seriously Marvel take the secrecy of Endgame.

So far, the focus has really been on the first act, in which the Avengers put together a last-ditch plan to steal the Infinity Stones from Thanos and use them to undo the snap. They may have lost a number of their most powerful assets - including the likes of Black Panther, Vision, Scarlet Witch, and Spider-Man - but they've been bolstered by the arrival of Captain Marvel. Given this is a three-hour blockbuster, though, it's safe to say things won't run smoothly for Earth's surviving heroes. The rest of the plot is murky, although set photos strongly hint at some kind of time travel story.

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It's as yet unclear how the MCU will move from A to B, from an attack at Thanos' "retirement home" to a time travel adventure that revisits the Battle of New York. Equally curious, though, is the mystery of Tony Stark's changing hair-color - in both the set photos and recent trailers.

Tony Stark Is Blond For (Some Of) Avengers: Endgame

One of the most important pieces of evidence for time travel in Avengers: Endgame was a batch of set photos that clearly recreated the Battle of New York from The Avengers, with Chris Evans seen wearing his suit from the movie. The curious thing, though, was that Evans was joined both by Paul Rudd as Ant-Man - who wasn't even a superhero back then - and Robert Downey Jr., made up as an older, blond-haired Tony Stark. The blond look was confirmed in a behind-the-scenes reel for Avengers: Infinity War, which included an on-set interview with Downey; dressed as Stark, he had his hair dyed blond and had a gray beard. Given Avengers: Infinity War and Avengers: Endgame were filmed back-to-back, it strongly indicated that Tony Stark would adopt this look for part of Endgame.

Trailers for Avengers: Endgame have fleshed this out a little, showing two scenes that seem to feature a blond Tony Stark. The key shot has shown him shaking Steve Rogers' hand and asking if he trusts him. The background is suggestive of the Battle of New York, and this particular shot has been adjusted by CGI, perhaps substituting Cap's Avengers uniform so as to hide explicit evidence of time travel.

The second comes when the Avengers are wearing their new team uniforms; described as "Advanced Tech" suits, these outfits bear a close resemblance to Quantum Realm environmental suits from Ant-Man & the Wasp and are expected to be linked to the time travel plot. In shots of Tony Stark while Captain America gives a speech, Tony can be clearly seen with blonder hair.

What We Know About Blond Tony Stark's Role In Avengers: Endgame

Robert Downey Jr as Tony Stark in Avengers Endgame

But why has Tony Stark gone blond and grown a beard? In Avengers: Infinity War, changes in the characters' appearances were important but subtle plot points. Captain America and Black Widow, as the most prominent examples, had been on the run from the authorities for two years and Steve had abandoned his traditional clean-shaven look while Natasha had dyed her hair white. In the same way, if Tony Stark has changed his appearance so substantially for at least part of Avengers: Endgame, then there's a story reason for it.

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So far, all evidence indicates that Tony is blond around the portion of the film where the Avengers team don Advanced Tech suits and travel back to the past. His mission at this point involves going back to the Battle of New York with at least Ant-Man (and likely Hulk and Cap). As such, given Captain America is wearing his old outfit, it may simply be part of the time travel plot. However, it's not like Tony is blending into the past with a new hair color he never had. Could it actually be an indication of something more?

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