With so much secrecy surrounding Avengers: Infinity War and its untitled sequel Avengers 4, its understandable that fans are hyper-analyzing every available frame of Marvel's highly anticipated film. It's also not a surprise that thanks to the copious amounts of movie stills, trailers, TV spots, interviews and featurettes, fans have been able to put some clues together -- at least, in theory.
The most recent featurette sees some of the stars of Infinity War praising one another and the relationships they developed over the course of filming, has given us something else to pour over: it may have lasted only a second, but we were able to spot a behind the scenes shot of Robert Downey Jr. wearing Doctor Strange's Cloak of Levitation. And right away, this made us wonder if there was any chance that this could be a nod, or even a hint, at a recent development that took place in Marvel's Generations comics, a story that introduced us to Tony Stark, Sorcerer Supreme of the far future.
The future, mystical version of Tony Stark made his first brief appearance in the summer of 2017's Infamous Iron Man #8 and 9, by Brian Michael Bendis and Alex Maleev. There, he appeared for no more than a couple of pages in order to give a warning to Victor Von Doom. But it would be in November's Generations: Iron Man & Ironheart, penned by Bendis and illustrated by some of Marvel's biggest artists, that we would see the full scope of what lies ahead for Tony when Riri Williams was taken years into the future. There, she met a 126-year old Tony Stark, once a man of science, who had become the world's foremost protector as the mystical Sorcerer Supreme.
Whether the issue was meant as a "What if?" scenario or is intended to be an actual glimpse at Marvel's future, fans seemed to enjoy this version of Tony Stark. While the comics haven't revisited this particular future (yet), the idea that the Infinity War featurette may be hinting at this possible future for the MCU's Tony Stark is just too fun to ignore. After all, many fans saw the Sorcerer Supreme version of Tony as a possible way for Marvel Studios to keep Robert Downey Jr. around for a long time after he hags up the armor, and seeing him actually wear the cape, even in a behind-the-scenes clip, does make us wonder.
Of course, it's probably more likely that this is simply a glimpse of a fun moment between takes, with Downey Jr. trying the red cape on for laughs. Odds are, if it is something that makes it into the film, it's likely a brief scene where the cape saves or protects a falling Tony Stark from harm.
But that's not going to stop us from hoping there's a magical future in store for RDJ's Tony Stark somewhere down the road.
Directed by Joe and Anthony Russo, Marvel Studios’ Avengers: Infinity Warstars Robert Downey Jr., Chris Evans, Chris Hemsworth, Mark Ruffalo, Jeremy Renner, Scarlett Johansson, Paul Bettany, Anthony Mackie, Paul Rudd, Elizabeth Olsen, Tom Holland, Benedict Cumberbatch, Chadwick Boseman, Chris Pratt, Zoe Saldana, Dave Bautista, Bradley Cooper, Vin Diesel, Tom Hiddleston and Josh Brolin, among others. Avengers: Infinity War opens April 27, 2018.