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Avengers Theory: The Importance of Tony Stark

*Update: This theory turned out to be correct for the most part! Tony turned out to be the Avenger to make the sacrificing play and was one of the major casualties of series.  I was off a little when talking about Tony’s arc reactor and being able to contain the power of the stones, but, I think I can count this as a win!

Spoilers for Infinity War ahead, but if you haven’t seen it yet, chances are you got dusted by Thanos.  During the events of Infinity War, we have the deaths of a lot of characters. Of course, every character was killed off in such a way that the writers could easily bring them back to life. Loki held the space stone that can literally teleport him anywhere in space and can produce life-like replicas of himself, vision’s brain was basically downloaded or copied in a Wakandan database, and Gamora’s soul is trapped within the soul stone. Every other major character was killed off from Thanos snapping his fingers and reducing half the universe’s population to dust, or according to some theories, put them in the soul stone as well. Since we know there are Spider-Man and Doctor Strange movies in the future movie line-up, its safe to assume that the heroes will end up defeating Thanos, which means preventing him from snapping his fingers in some way in the past or reversing the snap heard around the universe.

thanos snap

One of the survivors of the snap is Ironman and it’s implied in the movie that Tony Stark may be the key to Avengers 4. Doctor Strange sacrifices the time stone, himself, and the rest of the heroes on Titan to spare Tony’s life. Doctor Strange even passes an all-knowing glance to Tony before he disappears. Essentially, whatever timeline Doctor Strange saw, Thanos already used the Infinity Gauntlet, and the universe would need Tony as a key player in reversing the effects of the snap. But why the genius, billionaire, playboy philanthropist?

It’s been theorized before that Stark’s arc reactor is essentially a man-made infinity stone. While I believe this isn’t true, it is correct in saying that Stark has developed a way to contain and stabilize a massive energy source in a container, in order to utilize said source. As we have seen, containers are very important in utilizing the infinity stones. The space stone was in a tesseract, the mind stone in a staff, the reality stone, time stone, power stone, they were all a container. We know from Guardians of the Galaxy that a living being cannot hold a stone for long without the use of some container to serve as a conduit for it’s energy.

The THANOS theory, while the names of the items are shoe-horned in to form the name “Thanos” shows us the containments each stone was kept in.

This is why Stark is so important. He is a living receptacle and would be able to contain a massive energy source with his arc reactor technology. Infinity War even makes a point, in the park scene with Tony and Pepper, to show him retaining his arc reactor even though he doesn’t really need it anymore. That is particularly interesting since the Russo brothers have said that scene was much longer before with a bunch of character cameos but they had to cut it down, and still they kept this piece of exposition in it.

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Tony and Pepper in the park together

It’s still not clear what stone he will posses or if he will be the vessel for all the stones to undo the snap. The infinity gauntlet is destroyed and can’t be reused for this, and it’s even hinted that Thanos’ arm was mangled with it. There is a reason people haven’t used the gauntlet before, because the use of all the stones together had such a huge cost and would kill a normal living being. My prediction is that Tony will the be the one to undo the snap and he will be the major casuality of Avengers 4. I think that at the very least, we will see Tony shove an infinity stone into his chest outlet (possibly the soul stone?). This sort of makes sense though, since Stark has been trying to undo all his mistakes and continually tries to atone for them. His sacrifice would complete his arc of atonement and show that Stark has been set up to be Thanos’ counterpart all along. Not only is he burdened with knowledge like Thanos, but he will represent what a hero would do with the power of the gauntlet. 

Tony Stark’s absence in the MCU could very well be justified at this point as well.  We have recently been introduced to a much more resourceful, intelligent, technology oriented character to serve as both financial and science benefactor to the Avengers.


Shuri, will definitely be up to the task to fill the gap of tech genius in the post Thanos Avengers line-up.  She even has energy blasting gauntlets! At this point, this can only be speculation, but I think we have enough anecdotal evidence to suggest that Tony Stark will be key to the fourth Avengers movie. I think it would be quite appropriate to start the MCU with Ironman and end the current version as we know it with Ironman, but really, only time will tell, and until then, keep theorizing!

Author: Erik Montgomery

FTW Podcast

Avengers: Infinity War Fan Theories

On this episode of FTW, Erik and James talk Infinity War fan theories!  Join them as they discuss theories speculating who will die, where the soulstone is, who could be a Skrull, where Hawkeye, Nick Fury and Ant-man are, and what other surprises await us in the upcoming film!  Get ready for Infinity War with all these fantastic theories!

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Fan Theory: Will Captain America and Iron Man survive Infinity War?

Post Update: Like many theories posted about Infinity War, this theory was most definitely proven wrong. It is worth mentioning that some themes that are pointed out in this theory may carry over to Avengers 4.

The latest Avengers: Infinity War trailer has officially dropped and one of the biggest questions on everybody’s mind is whether Cap and Iron Man make it out of the Avengers 3 alive!  After reviewing the evidence, I have come to this conclusion.  Steve Rogers will die and Tony Stark will survive.  This conclusion is certainly not my preference, because if I had my choice, it would be the other way around; I am absolutely a huge Cap fan.  So then why come to such a bleak conclusion?  Well first, let’s discuss the actual trailer.

In the latest trailer, we see what looks like a broken and defeated Tony Stark in what remains of his Iron Man suit.  Thanos, who appears to be in the same location says, “I hope they remember you” as he appears to deliver a final blow to Tony Stark.  This scene immediately cuts to Thanos attempting to grab Steve Rogers as Cap resists the infinity gauntlet’s massive clutch, appearing to stave off the mad titan.  Of course, like many people on the internet, I believe this to be an obvious misdirect! In fact, I believe that both Iron Man and Captain America’s situations will end in a similar, but different outcome. It seems likely that Iron Man will be rescued at the last moment by another hero in a classic narrow escape.  Steve Rogers on the other hand appears to be the one stepping in between Thanos and his intended target, taking him by surprise.

Thanos reacting to Steve holding him off

I believe this is the scene in which Thanos kills Captain America, who sacrifices himself in a last desperate attempt to save either an infinity stone or to save someone’s life.  More specifically, if Cap is saving someone, it will definitely be Bucky. I know what your saying, “Bucky? why would Cap die saving Bucky?”  I believe the answers are in the previous movies.

Throughout the Captain America movies, we not only see the evolution of Cap as a superhero, but also (and more importantly) the evolution of Bucky Barnes the Winter Soldier. In Captain America: The First Avenger, we see the friendship between Bucky and Steve as well as both of their unsuccessful deaths.  In The Winter Soldier, we see the return of Bucky and his return to the good side.  Finally, in Civil War, we see Bucky’s struggle to redeem himself as a hero.  I would strongly argue that the Captain America movies are more about Bucky Barnes than Steve Rogers.  So much so, that I think the only way the story can proceed between our two favorite super friends, is if Cap sacrifices himself to save Bucky, inspiring him to pick up the mantle as the next Captain America.


In Avengers 4, we will see Bucky picking up the shield…. oh wait the shield! The literal symbol of the Captain America mantle (so much so that without the shield, steve appears to have rid himself of his iconic imagery). What about the shield? Someone certainly cannot become Captain America without the iconic American shield! Well, we do know that after Tony and Steve had their fallout in Civil War, that Cap gave up his shield (and his mantle) to Tony Stark.  It also appears, from what we have seen in the trailers, that Iron Man and Cap are no where near each other for any part of the film, hence why cap has to use his new Wakandan shield.

wakandan shield

Since Steve Rogers will not be able to pass the shield to Bucky, it will be up to the person who currently has possession of it; Tony Stark.  Another reason why Tony will live on, and perhaps the biggest reason, is that he needs to complete his hero arc by making Bucky the new Captain America.  Allow me to explain.

In all the Iron Man movies we see a different kind of journey for Tony.  He goes from a billionaire arms-dealing playboy, to vigilante hero, to government sponsored hero.  Tony has constantly been struggling to become a better person and a better hero.  In Civil War, we see him over compensate for this and decide to enforce the law, even if it meant betraying his allies.


Now in Infinity War, we will see Tony finally have a chance a to make amends to both Steve Rogers and Bucky Barnes by bestowing the mantle of Captain America to Bucky, and in doing so, making himself a fully realized leader and hero.

So there we have it, in a nutshell, if we take a step back and look at the individual character arcs of Tony, Steve and Bucky, we see that Steve will nobly sacrifice himself to save his friend, which leaves an unreconciled rift between him and Tony.  Tony, in a way of redemption will give Bucky the shield, giving Bucky a chance of redemption as a legitimate hero.

I like to think that since Bucky’s Captain America suit in the comics was shiny, that this will translate into a tech suit from Wakanda in the movies.

One last clue to all of this, comes from Thanos himself when he says “When I’m done, half of humanity will still exist.”  If we view Captain America and Iron man; heros of polar opposite opinions as “humanity,” then it becomes clear that one will die and the other will survive.  Perhaps, this is looking into it a little too far, but once again, only time will tell, and until next time, keep theorizing!

What are your thoughts on the survivability of Captain America and Iron Man? What about the other heros that weren’t mentioned here? Let us know your theories!

-Erik Montgomery