Forget Captain America, Iron Man (a.k.a. Tony Stark, a.k.a. ) is apparently just taking over the entire Marvel-by-way-of-Avengers universe. With Iron Man showing up now for three stand-alone films, one brief cameo in The Incredible Hulk, and two Avengers flicks, our indestructible tin can is everywhere.
Now, with speculation that he is also going to play a role in the upcoming Guardians of the Galaxy strongly suggested, a specific rumor has been swirling on the internet the past few days about how they might tie the the Avengers and the Guardians together.
A few people predicted that the tie-in would happen in an post-credit scene (your humble author was one of them), and the rumor seems to confirm it. As with all things message board and internet comment related, take it with a grain of salt until you hear it confirmed from the studio or someone publicly attached to the movie. That being said, there are some who claim to have inside info on the flick who have posted some pretty detailed descriptions of the after-credit scene, and yeah, it's the introduction to the Guardians some of us had guessed about.
According to these posted descriptions (via Comicbook.com), Tony Stark is chilling in his mansion while JARVIS (voiced by the underrated and brilliant ) and his team of robots repairs the Mark VII (or VIII?) and other suits of armor, which were trashed in his penultimate battle with The Mandarin (). JARVIS then interrupts the repairs to tell Tony he's intercepted a coded message being sent from space (Stark earlier had JARVIS, it is explained at some point, set himself to pick up on cosmic activity after the whole Chitarui-trying-to-destroy-Manhattan thing).
The message, once interpreted, turns out to be an SOS from none other than Star-Lord himself, who is conveniently shown wearing his mask so as not to reveal his identity to audiences (even though we already know he's going to be played by ). Tony instructs JARVIS to assemble his Space Armor (there's even a clever reference to using metal from the Wakandan envoy - looking at you, Black Panther). He then flies off into space, but not before getting in a last comment or two, which is supposedly along the lines of "This time I'm ready" and "I'll be back."
Again, so many rumors have been flying around the internet regarding the Marvel franchise for the past few years that it's hard to sift through what's legitimate breaking news and what's mere fanboy conjecture. That being said, with how savvy comic book fans are, they often get rumors right more often than they get them wrong, so it will be interesting to see if this rumor is eventually confirmed.
Iron Man 3 is due to hit your theater screens on May 3rd.
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