Avengers: Endgame May Actually Be Playing With Alternate Dimensions
While there's strong evidence that Avengers: Endgame is a time travel film, there's also a substantial amount that suggests there's more to it than that. It's important to note that, in the MCU, time travel is not something to be taken lightly. In Doctor Strange, the future Sorcerer Supreme experimented with the Time Stone, and was stopped by Wong and Mordo. They cautioned him that the fabric of reality is dangerously fragile, and that there could be consequences from meddling with time. "Temporal manipulations can create branches in time," Mordo warned. "Unstable dimensional openings. Spacial paradoxes! Time loops! You want to get stuck reliving the same moment, over and over, forever, or never having existed at all?"
If the Avengers are indeed attempting to rewrite history, then they risk all these consequences, and potentially even more. The very first synopsis for Avengers: Endgame supported this, declaring that "our beloved heroes will truly understand how fragile this reality is."
It's possible that Avengers: Endgame sees reality fracture, with the Avengers interacting with versions of themselves from other times and dimensions. This would fit with several oddities that have been noted in the road to Avengers 4. Not just the blond-haired Tony Stark, but the fact Iron Man is donning the Mk 85 armor, when in Avengers: Infinity War he only wore the Mk 50, which was said to be his latest design Merchandise has also confirmed that War Machine is wearing his Mk 5 armor, when again in Avengers: Infinity War he was only in the Mk 3. Bigger, although of unclear relation, Marvel has reportedly cast Emma Fuhrmann as an older Cassie Lang, Ant-Man's daughter.
In the comics, attempts to change the past have a history of causing dimensional instabilities, with the past, present and future bleeding into one another, and dimensional openings allowing heroes to meet alternate-reality versions of one another. The most notable example was in 2013's Age of Ultron event, in which the entire space-time continuum fractured. Realities merged, portals opened between the dimensions, and incredibly that was revealed to be a best-case scenario.
Where Is the First Tony Stark In Avengers: Endgame?
The suggestion of different worlds puts a very different view on blond Tony Stark. Alternate dimension characters typically look identical to their original counterparts with one change, and blond Iron Man certainly fits the bill. As he's around before the time jumping begins, he could have been plucked out on a preliminary mission, or be part of how the Quantum Realm ability is discovered. Either way, the mystery around Avengers: Endgame certainly leaves room for
Of course, that raises the question of where the Iron Man Prime is. The obvious solution is that Tony Stark actually dies while adrift in space as the trailers for Avengers: Endgame has teased, although that would mean subsequent shots of him reuniting with Pepper Potts were misleading; this would mean that this Tony is quite literally a replacement for the original.
That said, the injuries he sustained in Avengers: Infinity War - Thanos stabbed Iron Man and, although he sealed his injuries, the reality is that there's sure to be severe internal bleeding - and time in space may simply leave him out of commission, at least from an action standpoint, and in need of a double. This would explain why Tony isn't shown joining the Avengers team on the Benatar on their mission to hunt down the Mad Titan in the first act.
With that in mind, could well be that the original Tony Stark becomes the Avengers' "Man in the Chair," coordinating their efforts to somehow avert or undo the snap. That would certainly fit well with the Quantum Realm theory; it's dangerous to explore the Quantum Realm, which is why Scott Lang needed Hank Pym, Janet and Hope on the outside to make sure he got out safely in the post-credits scene of Ant-Man & the Wasp. It would also explain Bruce Banner's relative absence from much of the footage released so far (although a recent trailer did hint at Hulk), as the Science Bros. could work together.
Blond Tony Stark is one of the most understated strange aspects of Avengers: Endgame. The answer may be as simple as a time jump, but just how striking it is feels like evidence of more. Of course, if the Avengers are going to be messing in time, one soon-to-be-leaving hero's hair is going to be the least of the team's worries.
- The Avengers 4 / Avengers: Endgame (2019) release date: Apr 26, 2019
- Spider-Man: Far From Home (2019) release date: Jul 02, 2019