Ever since Tony Stark sacrificed himself in Avengers: Endgame, there’s been various rumors in regards to his potential return, the most concrete of which is the rumored appearance in Black Widow, which is set after the events of Captain America: Civil War.
The speculation hasn’t stopped there, though, as there have been rumors he could appear as an artificial-intelligence version of himself in a future Ironheart project, and there’s also been word that Disney wants him to eventually return entirely.
In a recent interview on The Reel Blend podcast, Anthony Russo — one half of the directing team behind Avengers: Endgame — discussed the possibility of the MCU’s founding father returning to the fold someday.
“I mean lookit, certainly we’ve always said this and we believe this about stakes have to be real, and if they’re not real, like the audience’s emotional investment in the moment and in those characters in the narrative is only…is contingent upon them feeling like there’s potential, there’s something to be lost,” Russo said.
“So in all of our storytelling, even though those Marvel movies a lot of the story was difficult, we wanted to commit very hard to that idea,” Russo said. “So to answer your question, I think it would be in the context of that. It depends on how he was brought back. It depends on the storytelling, but it is certainly something that has to be earned. It’s certainly something that would shock and surprise audiences, so you can’t simply just bring him back. There would have to be a really compelling, innovative, unpredictable narrative event to find your way there in order for it to be worth it.” [via Comic Book]
There’s always the possibility of Marvel Studios adapting the iconic Secret Wars storyline, which would present the opportunity for original Avengers such as Iron Man and Captain America to show up in a one-off event.
Avengers: Endgame is currently streaming on Disney+.
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