A number of Little Bleeders have asked why I didn’t report on the apparent Iron Man 3 “spoiler” revealed by a Funko Toy.
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That’s apparently a variant on the Iron Man power suit been designed for leaving the Earth’s atmosphere. It seems reasonable to assume that the design and marketing of this suit indicates that such a thing will appear in the film.
Reasonable assumption, but a toy tie-in is never a guarantee, of course.
So we’ve been asking a couple of the right people the right questions.
First of all, we learned that this won’t be the only merchandising of this design. Not by a long chalk.
And we’ve also been left without any doubt that the suit has a key role to play in the film.
We should remind you, I think, that Kieron Gillen has been writing strips for Marvel recently with the express mission of getting Stark into space. The character will now be a key part of the upcoming Guardians of the Galaxy comics – written by Brian Michael Bendis, key player in the Marvel Movieverse brain trust, shrewd puppeteer of synergy.
And let’s remember that the cosmic nasty Thanos is bringing his own brand of interstellar hurt to the latter parts of the Marvel Movieverse Phase 2.
I think you can see where these signposts are pointing: upwards, towards the twinkly things.
Stark is headed to space – deep space, no less. He’s headed there in Iron Man 3, though you may see the credits roll before he gets there. On the other hand, he might go there before the opening titles. We really don’t know when he’ll be going there – we just know that he will.
And he’ll be goin there again in Guardians of the Galaxy. He’s not one of their team, but he’s got a role to play in their story.
Now, we don’t think Stark is going to pop up in Thor 2, and we don’t think he’ll pop up in Captain America 2 either but it’s a given that he’s going to be a core part of the Avengers 2 lineup, right?
Well, we were taking this for granted. Until we were told not to, by somebody we can trust.
Don’t take that for granted.
…they said. Literally.
We tried to clarify if this means he won’t be in the film, but we were told:
That’s the wrong question.
And that’s as far as it’s gone. So far. I think perhaps we were asking questions that were too closed… too binary.
Space is going to be a big thing in the Marvel Movieverse Phase 2. Those starry skies in the Iron Man 3 trailer have suddenly taken on an extra little bit of resonance, I think.