There Are Multiple Tony Starks In Avengers: Endgame... Because Of Time Travel
Avengers 4 will see multiple Tony Starks in varying ages, as evidenced by set photos that hint at time travel. One popular theory is that heroes will travel to the past and revisit some of the key moments in MCU's history. In some set photos, Stark, alongside Captain America and Ant-Man were noticeably wearing mysterious wrist devices which, couple that with concept art revealing the heroes wearing new white suits, lends credence to speculations that time-warping could be made possible in the Quantum Realm. It's uncertain how this all plays out, but many are convinced that Earth's Mightiest Heroes may attempt to rewrite history to prevent Thanos' success in Infinity War.
That's not all we know about Iron Man's role, though. In fact, he'll have two roles. Set photos have shown two Starks, one sporting the same Black Sabbath shirt he was wearing during The Avengers and another, older version blending in with a group of S.H.I.E.L.D. operatives. It looks like, during their travels, the team will have to deal with older versions of themselves.
The Binarily Augmented Retroactive Framing aka B.A.R.F. introduced in Captain America Civil War, which has the ability to recreate pieces of someone's memory could provide another explanation for the existence of a younger Stark. The tech is confirmed to play a role in Avengers 4 by the directors Joe and Anthony Russo, but it remains to be seen how. It could function as a storytelling device used to re-examine moments from the past, particularly what happened shortly after Loki's (Tom Hiddleston) defeat in The Avengers.
Avengers: Endgame Is Robert Downey, Jr.'s Last MCU Movie
Everything discussed so far is building to the big truth: Robert Downey Jr.'s Marvel contract ends with Avengers: Endgame, making it his final MCU film. For the past 11 years since he debuted in Jon Favreau's Iron Man, Downey has been the poster boy of the franchise, reprising his role as Tony Stark/Iron Man for a total of nine times (including his The Incredible Hulk cameo) and is up for his tenth outing in Avengers 4. While the terms of the actor's agreement with Marvel Studios have never been made public, co-star Chris Evans (Captain America) let it slip in an interview that he, alongside Chris Hemsworth (Thor) and Downey will be finishing up their respective stints in the franchise after the Phase 3 capper.
Of course, there's the possibility of contract re-negotiation. Downey, Jr. has extended his contract a couple of times already, although has also been vocal about retiring from his Marvel gig "before it’s embarrassing." At this point, it'll all boil down to decisions made about Tony Stark's fate in Avengers: Endgame. Considering that the movie will be the end of MCU'S 22-film arc storyline, many are convinced that some of the franchise's principal heroes such as Iron Man, Captain America, and Thor will be saying goodbye (temporarily or permanently) - something that was previously teased by Kevin Feige. For the concept of Avengers 4 being the end of an era, the film needs to have genuine high stakes, and what better way to drive the idea that the film marks the end of an era than saying goodbye to the hero that started it all?
As the first hero to anticipate the threat brought by Thanos to Earth, it makes sense that Iron Man will play a key role in defeating the Mad Titan in Avengers: Endgame. Since The Avengers, Stark's arc has been intertwined with the villain's existence, and it won't be a surprise if it also ends once he is defeated.
- Captain Marvel (2019) release date: Mar 08, 2019
- The Avengers 4 / Avengers: Endgame (2019) release date: Apr 26, 2019
- Spider-Man: Far From Home (2019) release date: Jul 02, 2019