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THIS ARTICLE SPOILS THE END OF IRON MAN 3. SORRY.
Tony Stark gets his happy ending in Iron Man 3, and damn did he ever earn it. Facing off against the Mandarin and Aldrich Killian, seeing Pepper Potts's life put in danger, having to team up with a wisecracking child, for God's sake… the guy deserves a break. If you've seen Iron Man 3-- and you probably have, based on the insane box office numbers-- then you know that the film ends with Tony having the arc reactor removed once and for all, even tossing the thing into the ocean for good measure. As he says in the voiceover, he's still Iron Man… but is his time in the suit done?
It's unclear if we're really supposed to think so, with The Avengers 2 gearing up for production, but with reports of Downey Jr. playing hardball about his salary, some fans might be tempted to see that ending as a bit too final. But Joss Whedon is here, once again, to set your mind at ease. Talking to IGN about the challenges going into The Avengers 2, Whedon said not to worry too much about seeing Tony blow up all of his suits:
“Well, I feel like in Iron Man 3, even though he said, ‘I’ve changed' -- he blew up his remote suits, but I don’t think anybody thinks he doesn’t have one anymore. The question is, if The Avengers are called, does he show up? And the answer is, ‘Yes!’”
How he'll operate those suits without the arc reactor in his chest is another question entirely, but since Whedon doesn't seem too concerned, we won't be either. Plus he dropped a whole other tidbit for us, seeming to confirm the rampant rumors that the sibling duo Scarlet Witch and Quicksilver will be added to the Avengers team. Well, he didn't exactly confirm it, but it's hard to deny that they're in the mix based on what he actually did say:
“You know, they had a rough beginning. They’re interesting to me because they sort of represent the part of the world that wouldn’t necessarily agree with The Avengers. So they’re not there to make things easier. I’m not putting any characters in the movie that will make things easier.”
The Avengers 2, which will start shooting in early 2014 based on everything we know so far, is coming to theaters in 2015. Prepare for many many many more rumors between now and then.