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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    The Evolution Of Iron Man's Suits

    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.

    3,539 votes
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    Why Falcon Says "I'm Sorry" To Iron Man

    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.

    3,361 votes
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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.

    1,759 votes
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    Time Travel Molded Tony Stark

    Time Travel Molded Tony Stark
    Photo: Captain America: The First Avenger / Paramount Pictures

    From Redditor /u/WhoisJohnFaust:

    Ok, so Howard Stark was a founder of Shield and a genius. In Endgame, Howard meets Tony and they have a conversation (the deleted scene also helps this case when Howard asks Tony to come work for him and Tony says he is working in "futures") about his upcoming fatherhood. But Tony looks enough like his younger self in the BARF simulation, that there is a good chance that Howard (at some point) recognizes that Tony will one day become the man that he met; even if he can't explain how.This would have large implications for what we know about the history of the MCU. It means that, as Tony grew up and Howard sees his brilliant son be the young Tony Stark we know, he begins to figure out that Tony is that guy he met all those years ago and will become a hero.

    All of a sudden, this changes how Shield may have formed with Howard knowing that something bad is coming and that he will have to advance science as much as he can to ready the world for his son. It changes how we can view Howard's invention of the new element and his statement that "you are my greatest creation" speech. He may have even recognized Cap once he is able to sit and reflect on what he saw. Now things like the way Howard used to talk about Cap to Tony makes complete sense, he is trying to tell his son "this is the best man I have ever known, trust him because you two are going to do something amazing together." The more I think of it, the more I find little hints that just maybe, Howard was preparing Tony from a very early age and that inadvertently molded Tony into the exact opposite of what he saw Cap as... which exactly what he needed.

    You can read the full theory here.

    2,105 votes
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    How Thanos Really Knows Tony Stark

    How Thanos Really Knows Tony Stark
    Photo: Avengers: Infinity War / Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures

    From Redditor /u/atradayse:

    After watching Infinity War multiple times, the point where Thanos recognizes Tony Stark is one of my favorite parts. When asked, Thanos says he does know Tony because he's also cursed with knowledge.

    A lot of people have pointed to Tony foiling Thanos's plans in New York in the first Avengers as the reason why Thanos knows Stark. This is a pretty easy theory and maybe partially true. It's even brought up a few times in the movie. Banner refers to Thanos as the guy that did New York. Tony references how Thanos has been in his head for years via PTSD.

    But to be honest I don't like this theory and doesn't really make sense. Thanos has been known to send other people to do his dirty work and they fail him. Loki is one of them and while Tony played the largest part, it was the Avengers that took down Loki, yet he doesn't recognize anyone else. Even if he does...say Thor (Which we don't know if he did recognize him), he doesn't show the same respect that he shows to Tony.

    Read the fully theory here.

    1,350 votes