It somehow always circles back to Tony Stark, doesn’t it? The man who kicked off the Marvel Cinematic Universe in 2008, always seems ready to die in each main Avengers film, oh, and did I mention he’s also Robert Downey, Jr.? Yes, so much of what happens in the MCU can be traced back to Tony, but one key factor to remember about Tony is that he’s a futurist. At least, in the comics he is, but that can somewhat be applied this the film side of things. After all, his Scarlet Witch-induced nightmare in Age of Ultron did hint at darker times. But for what film, though?
One of the criticisms that Avengers: Age of Ultron gets is how its plot gets lost at times when setting up the events of Civil War, Thor: Ragnarok, Black Panther… and Infinity War itself. But if you recall, Tony’s nightmare from the second Avengers film revolved around all of his friends dying around him. Not that many people went around spouting this, but with Age of Ultron setting up future installments, it’s not out of place for some to think that this was a sign of things to come in Infinity War. You know, when he actually decided to do it himself.
Not so, says the Scarlet Witch, as Elizabeth Olsen, while speaking at the ACE Comic-Con, doesn’t believe that Age of Ultron was intended to plan that far in advance for a movie that wouldn’t have even been released for a few years.
“I’m not sure. I think it’s up to interpretation. It wasn’t something that I remember someone was saying that we’re going to go full circle to Infinity War — there wasn’t an Infinity War at that time. But I think I always thought of it being what would happen if Ultron won. But I think it’s more interesting the way you’re thinking about it.”
Like so many things in many fandoms, it is indeed up to interpretation. And Stark, again is a Futurist, so perhaps he got the script to both Age of Ultron and Avengers: Infinity War and decided to predict how things would come to pass in both films. Maybe not, but at the same time, it’s also easy to see how Tony’s nightmare scenario was a potential sign of things to come had Ultron managed to win in the end over the Avengers.
But what do you think? Could this nightmare of Tony’s have just been for Age of Ultron or a sign of things to come down the line in the Marvel Cinematic Universe? Let us know your theories in the comments below.
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