This article contains MINOR SPOILERS for Doctor Strange.
Apart from introducing true magic, new characters and spellbinding visuals in the #MCU, #DoctorStrange brought with it many exciting #EasterEggs with its release. Most of these references were related to the Dr. Strange comic books and past #Marvel movies, whereas a few of them hinted at the future of the #MCU.
One interesting Easter Egg came from Christine Palmer, portrayed by Rachel McAdams, when she used the term "bleeding edge" during a conversation with Stephen Strange. Bleeding edge is a term used for technologies so new that they have a high risk of unreliability, and was formed to indicate a greater advancement than "leading edge" or "cutting edge." In this case, it might be a possible nod to Tony Stark’s Bleeding Edge Armor from the comics. This may be more than just a usual comic book reference because it has been teased in the MCU before, but before we proceed to that, one might ask:
What Is The Bleeding Edge Armor?
The Bleeding Edge Armor was the first armor powered completely by repulsor technology. The armor is kept inside Tony’s body until mentally commanded to form any structure or shape upon Tony’s skin.
It consists of nano-machines that can change their properties depending upon the structure commanded, and can transform into clothes and different armors. Due to the capability of transformation, it can repair itself and is almost invulnerable. The transformation depends entirely on Stark’s imagination, such as a boxing glove or even a sword. Apart from that, it also provides a 360-degree panoramic view around Tony through installed cameras.
Now that we know what this armor’s capable of, let's proceed back to exactly why it's significant to the MCU. Y'see, apart from being mentioned in Doctor Strange, it has already been teased before in #AvengersAgeOfUltron.
What Does Age Of Ultron Have To Do With It?
At this point, one might ask what kind of technology will be presented in upcoming movies to make the audience believe that this level of advancement is achievable in an Iron Man suit. It might be possible that they already have shown us a glimpse in #AgeOfUltron.
Remember when Hawkeye was gravely wounded at the start of the movie? Dr. Helen Cho cured him with some kind of nano-technology. Bruce Banner then claimed that she was creating tissue.
This is when Stark walks in and Dr. Cho says:
"This is the next thing, Tony. Your clunky metal suits are going to be left in the dust."
To which he replies:
"That is exactly the plan."
We know that the "next thing" will be the Bleeding Edge Armor, so it’s quite possible that it’s designed the same way Barton’s tissues are being constructed. I mean, this method did create a living body i.e. Vision. The armor metal may bind with Tony’s tissues the same way the Vibranium atoms bonded with Vision’s. It may be possible that the same regeneration cradle is used to merge the BEA with Tony Stark’s body.
#MarvelStudios teasing the BEA again in Doctor Strange only strengthens the possibility of it making it into the MCU.
Did you catch the hidden trailer that almost didn't make it to screens before the release of Doctor Strange?