(Warning, mild potential SPOILERS for Captain America: Civil War lie below...)
If there's one fundamental truth lying beneath pretty much every superhero story ever made, it's that in the end, the good guys win. It might take years, it might be in the form of a bitter, Pyrrhic victory, and it might come at the cost of a hero's life, but when it comes right down to it, good pretty much always triumphs over evil.
What happens, though, when good fights...good?
After all, while Captain America: Civil War - Marvel Studios' eagerly anticipated 2016 Cap sequel - will feature out-right villains in the form of Baron Zemo and Crossbones, it's also set to include a whole lot of moral complexity when it comes to its heroes. Case in point? This is going to happen a lot:
And when good guys are fighting good guys, who knows who'll win in the end?
Well, in this particular case, we may well not find out until the film's release next year, but we may just have a clue as to how at least one of the fights is going to go. Specifically, a handful of images have emerged from the Captain America: Civil War set, and from the looks of it:
Tony Stark Is Going to Get Beaten Up in Civil War
Or, at least, that's very much what these glimpses of a distinctly battered and bruised Robert Downey Jr. seem to suggest...
If that's the case, though, then:
What's Likely to Have Happened to Tony?
Well, there's a near-infinite number of ways in which that could happen - this is the Marvel Cinematic Universe, after all - but here are three of the more likely possibilities:
1. Cap Could Have Beaten the Snot Out of Tony
After all, if there's one thing we're guaranteed to see in Civil War, it's Iron Man and Cap pounding on one another. Could RDJ be filming the aftermath of just such a fight?
2. Baron Zemo Could Have Targeted Iron Man
After all, there's no guarantee that Cap'll be the only hero that the villainous Zemo targets - meaning it's entirely possible that what we're seeing is the by-product of a good old fashioned villain pile-on.
And, of course:
3. A New Iron Man Suit Design Could Have Gone Haywire
After all, Tony may be a genius, but if the past seven years of MCU action have taught us anything, it's that he's not so great at working out the kinks in his designs before testing them. Something amiss with the long-awaited Space Armor, perhaps?