Spider-Man is Marvel's best-selling comic of all time. Iron Man 3 is Marvel's highest grossing solo film of all time. It's no surprise that they would want to shove the two characters into as many movies as possible. But sometimes when one door opens, another door closes. The upcoming Marvel Cinematic Universe seems a little too good to be true for now, but I have a feeling it's all about to be turned on it's head. This fan theory has been one well in the works since Spider-Man was first announced to be joining the Marvel Cinematic Universe, so beware.
It's a fairly well-known fact that Captain America dies at the conclusion of the Civil War comic books. Marvel will be expecting people to know that based on all the buzz that's been going on ever since they announced Winter Soldier. That's why when everyone is expecting Captain America to die, Tony Stark will be taken out instead. Hear me out: Robert Downey Jr. and Marvel went through a skirmish of sorts over the fact that he only signed on to do 4 movies. After doing three Iron Man movies and the first Avengers film, he was done. Reports said there were many behind-the-scenes discussions for a couple of months and after much deliberation, RDJ finally agreed to sign on for two more movies, for a total of six movies.
Last year, when Phase 3 was announced along with Downey's casting in [Captain America: Civil War](tag:994409), fans had only a short time to point out that the Civil War movie would mark the end of RDJ's contract before they announced that he had extended his contract through [The Avengers: Infinity War](tag:738027), should he be asked to return. Somehow, this time the extension didn't take months to work out like his first extension, but instead was made easily right after they announced Civil War. It would make sense that this was actually a stunt to cover up that Civil War would be Robert Downey Jr.'s last Marvel Studios film.
Iron Man IS the villain of this movie. How many Marvel movie villains didn't die at the end of the film? Two villains. Two villains out of the eleven movies the studio has put out, only Loki and Abomination walk away alive. Loki being an undying God, and Abomination being practically indestructible like the Hulk, they didn't die because they can't. That, or they were needed to stir up trouble in a future movie. We're looking at you, God of Mischief.
So how would Tony Stark's death play out in the cinematic universe? For one, the technology for the Iron Man suit would be passed over to the government because he is no longer in charge of STARK Industries, and Iron Man can no longer be claimed as a trademark of the company. The technology would be passed to the new U.S. replacement for S.H.I.E.L.D., lead by none other than Norman Osborn (just like in the comics).
Norman Osborn was actually the first to wear the Iron Patriot armor in the comics, with Rhodey having the War Machine armor. Imagine the new Spider-Man movie not being a battle between the Green Goblin and Spider-Man, but rather Iron Patriot and Spider-Man. At the end of Spidey's first solo film in the cinematic universe, Norman would defeated, but could modify the suit to better face the web-slinging vigilante, creating the prototype for the Green Goblin armor.
Spider-Man is Marvel's best-selling comic of all time. Iron Man 3 is Marvel's highest grossing solo film of all time. It's no surprise that they would want to shove the two characters into as many movies as possible. But sometimes when one door opens, another door closes.