The recent Avengers: Endgame trailer brought us a whole load of content that’s currently got fans adjusting their theories on what’s to come in next year’s Avengers: Infinity War sequel. But one brand new line of speculation that the teaser managed to start singlehandedly is the matter of how Tony Stark will escape his drift through space, with the internet suggesting an assortment of different characters who might swoop in and rescue our hero at the last minute.
A new post on Reddit, however, is less concerned with how Iron Man might be saved, and more with how Anthony and Joe Russo plan to tell this part of the story, suggesting that Stark’s current cliffhanger might even be resolved off-camera.
User Hypedup80 argues that Tony isn’t likely to be saved right near the start of the film, since the Russos will want to build some suspense and give the character’s situation some emotional weight. It’s perhaps also worth noting that by putting Stark out of action for the movie’s first stretch, the filmmakers have an excellent excuse to keep the plot focused on Captain America, Black Widow and their peers for a while, preventing the story from becoming too busy in these early minutes.
Anyway, Hypedup80 goes on to make the case that however Iron Man gets saved, the first time we see him post-rescue is back on Earth, allowing the audience to share in the relief of his fellow Avengers as they realize he’s alive and well.
It’s a reasonable enough suggestion, though there are certainly other ways of giving Stark’s reunion with Earth’s Mightiest Heroes some emotional impact without removing the scene of his rescue (something in the vein of Thor’s return to Earth in Infinity War would be one alternative). In any case, we’ll see what onscreen and off-screen developments are in store for Tony when Avengers: Endgame hits theaters on April 26th, 2019.