These days, toy companies are the sources of some of the best spoilers. Anyone remember the Chitauri toys for The Avengers? That's what I'm talking about. For 's Iron Man 3, the big story right now is the Deep Space Iron Man figure that's causing some speculation as to what it means for not only Iron Man 3, but also the rest of Marvel's Phase Two productions. Does this mean that Shellhead is going to be making appearances in other upcoming Marvel Universe movies like Guardians of the Galaxy?
Let's take a look at what we have so far:
- It would appear that toymaker Funko has removed the figure from its site, and asked other outlets with the image to do the same. Seems like a pretty guilty move on their part. But, the Hasbro deep-space figure is still floating around out there.
- In a sit-down with Entertainment Weekly, Iron Man franchise star pointedly made some careful word choices when talking about the possibility of the Avengers showing up in Iron Man 3, which is supposed to take place after the big battle from The Avengers. Downey let slip the following:
The whole Avengers thing [with $1.5 billion in global box office was such a relief and such a confirmation of [Marvel Studios President] Kevin Feige's vision for this all along. As Kevin has put it, the next step after that is to bring in someone like Shane Black and – without pretending that the Avengers don't exist – find a way to go back to a kind of re-investigation of Tony's world, which he thought would be, one, fun for the audience and, two, would rock in a different way than The Avengers. But we can't help it — everywhere you look now in every Marvel movie there are opportunities where certain new pals of his could be useful. So they're in the atmosphere, so to speak, but I wouldn't expect to see them on the ground in this one.
- Iron Man has a starring role in the Marvel NOW! Guardians of the Galaxy comic. As far back as October, in a Q&A with Marvel.com, the comic's creators had a lot to say about Iron Man and his involvement with the current Guardians. Specifically, they allude to Stark "looking at Earth from a new perspective," and that the Guardians will be "interacting with the Marvel Universe more".
Latino Review cites a source that says that Iron Man will go into space at the end of Iron Man 3 and appears at the end of Guardians of the Galaxy.
All this put together creates some food for thought, if not some outright evidence that Iron Man will be heading into space, and the sudden flails about this innocent looking toy aren't exactly unfounded. I mean, seriously, that's a big f@*#ing spoiler.
Iron Man in Guardians of the Galaxy? Yes, please.