Marvel fans might expect Iron Man (Robert Downey Jr.), Captain America (Chris Evans), and the rest of the remaining Avengers and Guardians of the Galaxy to undo Thanos' massacre in Avengers 4, but it looks like reversing all the dusty deaths caused by the Mad Titan is going to come at a high cost.
While many predict that Steve Rogers is going to give up his life to bring back all the heroes that turned to dust at the end of Avengers: Infinity War, a new theory by a Marvel speculates that Tony Stark might actually be the one to make the biggest sacrifice of them all.
Built around set pictures featuring Downey Jr. in grey hair and Scarlett Johansson's longer hair in Avengers 4, there have been theories saying that a few years are going to pass between Infinity War and its sequel. According to a new postulation by Redditor Pluralizes, this is going to give Tony and Pepper Potts (Gwyneth Paltrow) time to settle down and have a son.
However, when Ant-Man (Paul Rudd) comes up with a way to turn back time to undo Thanos' massacre, Tony is told that bringing back everyone else to life would mess with his own timeline, meaning he might never see his own child again.
Here's the full theory down here:
"Avengers 4 will very likely take place in the future, at least for the first act. Evidence is piling up like an older Cassie Lang casting, grey haired Tony, Black Widow's hair in the promo art being much longer than in IW (that is at least two years of hair growth), etc.
There has been a casting call for a baby with dark hair. It is listed as a special role. Most likely Tony and Pepper's son.
Post Infinity War, Tony has settled down with Pepper and they have a son. Soon thereafter, Ant-Man shows up and time travel is introduced, so now Tony hatches a plan to reverse the snap... However, this means forfeiting the current timeline where he has his son.
After they arrive on Vormir with direction from Nebula, they will be told a sacrifice needs to be made. It was introduced Red Skull can see everyone's soul as the Stonekeeper when he addressed Thanos as "Son of Alars", so it is possible he will peer into Tony's soul and learn he is in a harrowing quandary: sacrificing the timeline where he has his son to save half the universe. As the Stonekeeper explains this, a tear rolls down Tony's cheek.
Maybe this will qualify as a sufficient sacrifice to claim the soul stone?"
Though things might not turn out as expected, the ultimatum given to Iron Man to save half the universe and sacrifice his son seems like a pretty heartbreaking scenario – one that the Russo Brothers might take. The directors are pretty fond of clawing out emotions out of their audience.
What do you think of this new theory? Could we see Tony Stark sacrificing his son in Avengers 4?
Avengers 4 hits cinemas May 3, 2019.