When the Avengers finally confront Thanos in 2018’s Infinity War they will need all the help they can get. Rumors allege that Tony Stark dies at the end of Infinity War.
So, perhaps it shouldn’t be a gigantic surprise that they’ll turn to everyone they’ve encountered including the kid from 2013’s Iron Man 3. Harley Keener was portrayed by Ty Simpkins, who also starred in 2015’s Jurassic World. He won’t appear until the still unnamed sequel to next year’s Infinity War — Avengers 4.
There was a recent casting call that made people believe that there was going to be a major death in Infinity War, as the call stated:
“Mourners: Looking for men and women over the age of 18, to portray mourners. Especially looking for good character looks and expressive faces. This will be photo-selected by the film’s directors! Size restrictions: Men no larger than 44 coat, women dress size 0-8. FOR NEW FACES ONLY! You cannot have worked on this project previously, or be booked on upcoming days. NO EXCEPTIONS!”
Now, the casting call actually gives a few more clues than it probably intended. While most every member of the Avengers is a famous hero in the MCU, it’d be hard to believe that a huge amount of people would show up for Clint Barton’s funeral.
Considering that RDJ and Chris Evans’ film contracts are up after Avengers 4, it wouldn’t be far-fetched that one of them kicks the bucket perhaps a bit early. If it is Tony Stark, that could mean Marvel is bringing back Simpkins to pick up his mantle as the next Iron Man — wild guess here.
Meanwhile, this means Robert Downey, Jr.’s Tony Stark will survive at least until Avengers 4. Unless the rest of the team is aware of him, it’d have to be Stark that reaches out to Keener for whatever reason — perhaps Thanos’ weakness is potato guns?
The Avengers could be pretty desperate by the end of Infinity War. Simpkins is now 16 years old now and there were a slew of theories regarding the future of his character around the time Iron Man 3 came out.
Some thought that he could grow up to be the silver screen equivalent of Amadeus Cho, the small wunderkind who became the Hulk in the comics — but the Iron Spider in the Spider-Man cartoon.
Considering that Simpkins is one of the hottest child actors on the planet, he may be the best choice to fill in for Iron Man, though. While he’s a bit younger than actor Tom Holland in real life, he’d be the exact same age as Peter Parker come time for the next Spider-Man as Parker was 15 in Homecoming.
Who wouldn’t love a team-up film with a child Iron Man mentored by Parker this go-around? It almost writes itself!