ByTom Somerfield, writer at Creators.co
A UK-based teen looking for the next good bad joke and an excuse to nerd out. This is me in my spare time.
Tom Somerfield

Iron Man. Enough said, am I right?

Well, yes, but also... no. Mr Stark has been and always will be a complicated man, and so it's pretty understandable that there are teen bloggers out there who want to write and speculate all about those complications.

Cue... me. I, for the next few minutes at least, am the teen blogger who'll be telling you all about the metal-clad superhero and where his future is headed. There are mild spoilers for numerous already-released MCU films below, so look out.

I said look out, not intimidate me.
I said look out, not intimidate me.

So, I'll cut straight to it. If you've read the title, you know I'm about to tell you about what I think is due to happen to Iron Man in the future. Aside from already-confirmed/obvious plot details from his future films like Captain America: Civil War, I'll be focusing on how the MCU will cope when the likes of RDJ won't be around to step into the metallic suit anymore. Sadness.

It's okay to cry. Especially over this.
It's okay to cry. Especially over this.

So, not dwelling too long on the saddest idea ever, I will quickly change the subject to the ending of Avengers: Age of Ultron (which, by the way, is freaking awesome) and the characters the last scene contains. Spoilers below.

In the final scene, right before the credits roll, we see good ol' Steve Rogers (Cap) stood in uniform before a group of four super-powered characters. The last words we hear are:

"Avengers... A-"

And then the credits roll. Inevitably, he would have indeed said "Avengers... assemble!" had the end of the film not been so impatient and not felt the way to get so royally in the way of an awesome line. This ending, in fact, pays homage to the first time the Avengers line-up was re-arranged in the comics, way back in the who-knows-when.

Wait.. no Iron Man?
Wait.. no Iron Man?

In the film, obviously, the characters are a little different. We see Scarlet Witch, The Vision, Falcon (in his badass new wingsuit) and War Machine all stood around waiting to be "whipped into shape" by the existing Avengers at the team's HQ. Avengers Tower didn't last too long, as it turns out...

Alongside this, RDJ's contract with Marvel currently runs up until the end of Avengers: Infinity War - Part 1, meaning he could be totally off the scene by the sequel in 2019 that is Part 2.

Also, seeing as it has been confirmed that the Netflix-based heroes like Daredevil will be making their way to the big screen in Avengers: Infinity War - Part 2, I wouldn't be surprised if the 2019 film wasn't so centered around the big heroes anyways.

This does mean, then, that RDJ might not be around as an Avenger (or - worst comes to worst - at all) in the fourth Avengers installment and I think it would be fitting for War Machine to temporarily take his place.

Who, me?
Who, me?

I must stress temporarily. The War Machine has never officially filled in for Tony for a prolonged period of time during any given comic storyline, nor has he ever really claimed to have replaced him. Upon the departure of Mr Downey Jr, I reckon that we will see his cinematic best friend Mr Cheadle fill his boots for the rest of Phase 3. Which would really only be one film...

CUE PHASE 4

I still haven't figured what a "Hawkstar" is...
I still haven't figured what a "Hawkstar" is...

Granted, this slate of movies is a good few years away, and to us fangirls, it's really a cloudy horizon. We've very little idea about anything that's going to happen, and Marvel have stuck to saying nada. Which sucks.

But I did say we have very little idea.

So, cutting straight back to our favorite can opener's future, do you guys remember this kid?

Ty Simpkins, Iron Man 3.
Ty Simpkins, Iron Man 3.

Yeah, he's that one who was annoyingly lucky enough to be cast as an assistant to Tony, and he's also that one who was annoyingly clever enough to actually understand and improve Iron Man tech. In the film Iron Man 3, he has a brief conversation with Mr Stark himself:

"If I were you, I'd add in, like, retro flash panels and give it a-"

"Give it a stealth mode?"

"Yeah."

"That's actually not a bad idea. I might make one."

Conclusion: this kid knows his stuff. Specifically, he knows his arc-reactor-powered exoskeleton stuff enough to impress the man of iron himself. Which, for certain people, is annoying, because I've been waiting for a eureka moment that might lead to me being Iron Man for ages.

Quit being cocky.
Quit being cocky.

He also has a humor to him, much like Stark's. He's sort of arrogant, much like Stark. He's sort of clever, much like Stark. He can also be ignorant, much like Stark. See the pattern here? Ty's character Harley is even summed up on IMDb as "pretty much a younger Tony Stark."

By the time Phase 4 kicks in, Ty will be old enough (just) to take up the mantle from either Tony or War Machine, perhaps by developing his own tech. If RDJ does renew his contract into Phase 4, I wouldn't be surprised if we saw a Young Avengers film starring him, Ant-Man's daughter, Deathlok's son from Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. and maybe even (far into the future) one of Hawkeye's family. Everything seems to be coming together, huh? Well done Marvel. Clap Clap.

Why thank you, thank you.
Why thank you, thank you.

HOWEVER, this sort of plan does have a few flaws. After all, Ty Simpkins is still mega young for the role of such a poster-boy superhero, and whether he could pull that kind of weight on screen is debateable. Likewise with the other 'Young Avengers' candidates, they don't look set to satr in a film really until at least... well, maybe 2022? In fairness though, that's well within Phase 4's borders... who knows?

As well as this, the comic equivalent of young Iron Man (namely "Iron Lad") isn't actually from the present day, and his name isn't Harley on paper. He's from an alternate reality and the future, bearing the name Nathaniel "Nate" Richards.

Iron Man... is that... jealousy I see?
Iron Man... is that... jealousy I see?

So it's possible Marvel is doing a lot of things. Iron Man could be replaced by Rhodey or Harley, or they could just be hinting at a possible Young Avengers movie. It could even be possible for the Iron Man armor to be out of action for a while whilst Mr Simpkins actually gets, well, old enough.

But what do you guys think? Iron Man 4? Young Avengers? Iron Lad? RDJ's death? Rhodey? Take the poll or leave your own ideas in the comments, I'd love to hear your views! Until next time guys :)

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