Marvel sleuths are trying to work out why a forthcoming MCU TV show is being turned into a movie.
It was recently revealed that Armor Wars, a series that was announced in 2020, will instead be developed as a feature film, meaning it will get the full theatrical treatment.
According to a Marvel source, as highlighted by The Direct, this decision was inspired so as to ensure “the story is told the right way”.
Fans know that Marvel must have something big up its sleeve to promote the Don Cheadle-starring project to film status, especially considering it has a bursting roster ahead what with its many sequels and its Fantastic Four and X-Men introduction.
The conclusion that people are jumping to is that the film could feature the return of Marvel’s biggest star: Robert Downey Jr.
Downey Jr played Iron Man from his debut standalone film in 2008 up until the character’s death in 2019’s Avengers: Endgame.
However, as opposed to a physical return, fans are theorising that the character could come back as AI, in a similar style to Paul Bettany’s pre-Vision role, JARVIS.
Find some theories related to the Armor Wars news below.
I'm guessing Robert Downey Jr is going to be making a return to Iron Man... pic.twitter.com/vV5v7JbhbD
— Christian Tizya (@WatsonStPics) September 29, 2022
Mark my words, Robert Downey Jr. will appear in this in some capacity as AI Tony Stark.
— Luca Brasi's Farts (@DonQuixoteFace) September 29, 2022
There has to be a reason they upgraded this to a movie feature, and although I would normally rule this kind of thing out, the mere presence of RDJ could have upped the stakes for this production.
— Jay Banzia (@JayBanzia) September 29, 2022
Downey Jr’s involvement would certainly elevate what was set to be another Marvel TV show to film status, and would give the project some pulling power at the box office.
It is also believed that the actor’s possible return as AI in a future Marvel project was teased with the reveal that he had filmed a hologram goodbye message accessible through Iron Man’s helmet.
Also, if the character was going to return, it would likely be in a film starring Cheadle, considering the character James Rhodes was Iron Man’s best friend.