Endings are not always happy ones, sometimes we get to have the sad and justified endings, one of such is the ending of infinity saga. Marvel Cinematic Universe kept building the climax of Avengers: Endgame for the past 10 years which began with Iron Man in 2008. Now in 2019, Iron Man is the one who gave his life to save the universe one last time, because, you know – whatever it takes!
Now that Tony Stark is no more and his funeral was done in the most emotional way possible, we already miss him. I know Iron Man doesn’t have a replacement and the superhero character is destined to be played by Robert Downey Jr., Instead of searching for the next new Iron Man, it’s better to look for someone who could be a new superhero and fill the space of Iron Man meaning a new tech-savvy and playboy kinda person.
After looking into the whole MCU and comics too, here are a few crazy characters who could wear the shoes of Tony Stark and bring back the awesomeness:
Marvel’s women team is getting stronger with every film they release. Her birthday gift from Tony was way too cool. Her Rescue armor has the same jazz that Iron Man’s had. She was there with Tony right from the beginning and they both ended up having a baby. Now that she has a fab blue colored armor, she can fill the space of Iron Man and can be called Iron Women, didn’t like the name? Pepper can be named something else, but she is the feasible recruit for me.
She got experience, astonishing tech in her suit and she has all it takes to be the next Iron Man.
In the five years time jump, we got to see in Avenger: Endgame, Tony and Pepper had a kid, they named her Morgan and you know what, she already wore the Iron Man helmet, when she was just five years old. Marvel Studios have already planted the seed and clues of Morgan becoming something that we must be prepared of.
The crew of Endgame already shot a scene of Tony and adult Morgan, similar to that of Thanos meeting young Gamora in the metaphysical way station after the snap in Avengers: Infinity War. For various reasons, the scene was removed from the movie. Morgan’s adult age casting is already done, who is played by Katherine Langford. Nothing is clear about her future work with Marvel, but she most likely will be the grown-up Morgan in the coming movies and might take Tony’s legacy forward with the help of her mother.
Tony was the best know weapon engineer until we found Shuri. There’s nothing to compare here. But Shuri is a lot younger and proved her talent by creating a crazy Black Panther vibranium suit. The suits abilities and powers are way cooler than Iron Man’s, take the example of the power absorption ability and power redistribution. Unfortunately, Shuri didn’t get to meet Tony when he was alive.
She proved her battlefield expertise and technological competence in Black Panther(2018) and Avengers: Infinity War(2018). Her story arc is already mapped out, she will be ruling Wakanda in place of T’Challa in the coming Blck Panther 2 and she has the facilities of experimenting and coming up with new gadgets, suits, weapons and armory for herself to be the next Tech Nerd superhero of Marvel Cinematic Universe.
Remember the kid from Captain Marvel, who designed the color and styling of Carol Danvers’ suit, giving it red and blue coloring. I bet you remember her. The events of Captain Marvel took place back in 1995. Now that the time has passed, Monica Rambeau will be in her 20s. In the comics, Monica went on to be Photon, a Captain Marvel-like superhero, but a bit more modern, She has the same abilities that of Captain Marvel, like traveling through space, blast energy beams from her hands and all the other stuff.
If Marvel Studios plan to bring in a new sidekick for Captain Marvel, Monica will join Carol in her journey and replace Iron Man’s position of being the cool technophile in Marvel phase 4.
If you happen to be familiar with Marvel comics, then you might have come across Ironheart, an alumnus of MIT just like Tony, who managed to build an Iron Man suit, made out of scrap in her dorm. Ironheart’s real name is Riri Williams and her comics were released in the very recent times in 2015. In a very short period of time, Ironheart comics caught everybody’s attention and now she even has the approval of Robert Downey Jr. to be in the MCU.
Kevin Feige won’t resist featuring a new set of superheroes who are staggering and bring in the charisma that is needed to kick start the franchise after the heart-wrenching ending of Avengers: Endgame.
I told, its not always about replacing, but filling the gap. Tony Stark mentored Peter Parker in the best ways he could. Now that Peter chose Mr. Stark to be his role model, Spider-Man might become the one with technology upgrades and a paramount to Stark Industries. Spider-Man: Far From Home has already hinted about Spider-Man becoming the next Iron Man. Peter is very much interested in being the great superhero which Tony always wanted him to be.
Spider-Man will not be the Iron Man, that’s for sure, but he just might fit to be the next Tony Stark of the new and young Avengers team who does the sacrifice play in Marvel Phase 4.
The kid from Iron Man 3
Back in time, when Iron Man had to hide from Mandarin, he broke into a garage, where he met a kid holding a potato guy. The same kid is seen standing at Tony’s funeral. The kid’s name is Harley Keener. He was an interesting and clever kid back in Iron Man 3. The only reason for the kid to be present at Tony’s funeral with other superheroes is… Yes, you guessed it right. He is going to be a superhero too. Though he has high competition from Morgan Stark, Pepper Potts, Shuri, Ironheart(if at all) and others, he has a huge amount of chances of getting a standalone movie in the MCU. Tony might have left some cool stuff for Harley Keener to play with. Now that he grew up and is a teenage, almost the same age that of Peter Parker, they might form a duo. Harley Kenner is played by Ty Simpkins and his story is not disclosed yet.
The Cameo he had in Avengers: Endgame, such a small character in such a big and emotionally appealing scene seems to signify something coming from him. If he turns out to wear the shoes of Iron Man, he will go with the name Iron Lad and join the new Avengers team.
To me, Harley Keener aka Iron Lad will be the first choice to be the next Iron Man or an Iron Man inspired superhero. Then the rest of the list follows to be an option. As the end has come to the Avengers, a new team will be formed, which either might be called “New Avengers” or the “Young Avengers”. The new superhero boyband will likely include Iron Lad, Vision 2.0, Hulkling, Wiccan, Stature, Spider-Man, The Eternals, Captain Marvel, Ant-Man and The Wasp, Black Panther, Doctor Strange and more.