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Iron Man Fan Theories That Make Us Miss Tony Even More

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Since Tony Stark made his final, heroic farewell in Avengers: Endgame (spoiler!), a void with the power of an Infinity Stone has been left in our hearts (or Arc Reactors, perhaps). Iron Man appeared in nine installments of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, including three standalone films. We'll always miss Tony's signature goatee and tinted specs, but fortunately, there are some incredible fan theories to keep his legacy alive. Actually, some theorists think he continued to save the day after Endgame by leaving his mark with E.D.I.T.H. in Far From Home. Others speculate that Thanos was particularly concerned with Tony Stark because he misconceived the true power of Iron Man. Those theorists might be backed up by another claim that Howard Stark gave his son super soldier serum at a young age.

If you're a true fan of the MCU and miss Tony Stark as much as we do, then check out these explosive fan theories about Iron Man.

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    3072 VOTES

    The Evolution Of Iron Man's Suits

    Photo: Avengers: Age of Ultron / Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures

    From Redditor /u/meme_abstinent:

    I see a lot of comments on content having to do with Iron-Man's suits, pointing out how borderline invulnerable they were at first, and eventually got weak. Point to Iron-Man one where he walks off a tank blast to Civil War where Cap does ample amounts of damage with his bare hands and shield.

    My logic behind how this is possible is simple.

    Stark trades in durability for speed and focuses on making his suits more capable throughout the MCU.

    Take Iron-Man one. The Iron-Man suit was a suit of armor initially, and had very limited capabilities combat wise.

    Iron-Man 2, we see Tony take damage easier but has lasers, missiles, machine guns, etc.

    Iron-Man 3 and almost most noticeably, his suits take the most damage (breaks by a van slamming into it) but now his suits can come to him, fight on their own I.E autopilot, and are made, sometimes, with specific purposes.

    This method begins to pay off, as Stark begins playing with nano-tech is Civil War. Ultimately, his suits reach maximum durability through this experimentation, as the Iron-Man suit is capable of withstanding concentrated energy blasts from the Power Stone in Infinity War.

    I also feel Stark purposefully ditches so much armor on his suit because he knows he's better with his suits. Tony knows that with more and more use with his suits, he's becoming better at flying and dodging and fighting. This is illustrated perfectly in Civil War and Infinity War as he dodges, blocks, and is now doing complex flips and spins mid flight.

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    Why Falcon Says "I'm Sorry" To Iron Man

    Photo: Captain America: Civil War / Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures

    From Redditor /u/fmgeffagy:

    I was rewatching Winter Soldier today and when Cap comes to meet Sam at the veterans centre he asks him if he "lost" someone. Sam responds in the affirmative and says "my wingman", going on to tell Cap how he lost him in a routine flight operation, and had to watch as he fell to the ground, without being able to help. (Of course at this point we assume they were both in aircraft/fighter jets and don't know the two of them literally had a pair of wings each).

    This exact scenario plays out for Tony in Civil War when Vision misfires, hitting War Machine, and Tony can do nothing but watch his wingman crash into the ground. Sam immediately lands, assuming the worst and knowing how Tony must be feeling. Of course Tony doesn't react particularly well.

    Not a particularly revealing theory but definite deliberate mirroring in the first two films by the Russos.

    Agree/disagree? Would love to hear thoughts.

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    Black Sabbath's 'Iron Man' Mirrors Tony Stark's Story

    From Redditor /u/Cl0verl0rd:

    In the original Iron Man movie from 2008, the song is played over the end credits, and kind of spoils the MCU until Age of Ultron. The plot of the song goes, ""Iron Man" is about a man who travels to the future and witnesses the Apocalypse. On his way back, he is caught in Earth's magnetic field, and turned to steel. When he comes back, he tries to warn the people about the Apocalypse, but they do not believe him, and shun him, so he takes his revenge by killing them all, thus bringing about the Apocalypse he saw."

    So here is my connection

    Avengers: Tony sees the massive fleet of aliens ready to destroy earth through the portal, he makes it back to earth but just barely, almost getting trapped in space. He sees the Apocalypse and is sent back to earth through a portal, resembling the magnetic field.

    Iron Man 3: He develops PTSD, and, knowing the capability of the alien forces, becomes paranoid. His best friend and girlfriend don't get why he's acting this way. People do not understand his worries.

    Avengers: Age of Ultron: Tony warns his fellow Avengers about what could happen if the aliens or some other force from space comes to earth, nobody but Banner listens to him and together they create Ultron, designed to protect the earth. However, Ultron (almost) brings about the apocalypse. He warns about the oncoming danger and isn't listened to. He (with Banner) builds the very thing that almost ends all life on earth.

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    Harley Keener Was Meant To Be Tony's Apprentice

    From Redditor /u/derstherower:

    Harley Keener (the kid from Iron Man 3) was supposed to fill the Spider-Man role until the Sony deal went through. He was going to be the Iron Lad and be the young hero mentored by Tony Stark that Peter Parker eventually became (Endgame Spoilers).

    I believe that originally, Harley was going to fulfill the role that Peter Parker eventually took. Namely, a "sidekick" and surrogate son for Tony to mentor. There are several reasons I believe this.

    Ty Simpkins (Harley's actor) is signed for a three-film deal in the MCU. Seems a bit much for a character that would otherwise be a one-off. There was a good deal of buildup regarding Harley being a tinkerer like Tony, and there is a lot of development given to there being a father/son relationship between them. I remember that for a while after Iron Man 3 there was a lot of speculation as to when he would return, not if, because it seemed like a given that he would.

    Read the full theory here.

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