Phase 4 of the Marvel Cinematic Universe is officially underway with its first project of 2021, and about two dozen more are actively in the works for this year and beyond. While many of these new entries will continue the stories of MCU mainstays from the Infinity Saga, one who will almost certainly not play a major on-screen role is Robert Downey Jr.'s Tony Stark.
The man who brought Iron Man to life in 2008 has confirmed on multiple occasions that his commitment to the MCU is over, and it's unlikely that he will suit up as the billionaire playboy anytime soon. However, his legacy will serve as a major influence on multiple future properties in Phase 4 and beyond with characters like Dominique Thorne's Ironheart set to take center stage.
This is also the case with another MCU Disney+ show in 2022, one which features Tony Stark's closest friend.
IRON MAN FACTORS INTO ARMOR WARS
According to two new Twitter posts from the Post Cred Podcast and its host Brandon Katz, the death of Tony Stark will be a significant factor in the plot of Marvel Studios' Armor Wars series on Disney+. Series star Don Cheadle confirmed this in an interview with the podcast, which will release later this week.
The Post Cred Podcast post can be seen here:
Katz's follow-up post can be seen here:
HOW WILL ARMOR WARS USE IRON MAN'S MEMORY?
Armor Wars was announced at the Disney Investor Day event with the tagline "A classic Marvel story about Tony Stark’s worst fear coming true: what happens when his tech falls into the wrong hands?" Considering that Colonel James Rhodes was Tony Stark's best friend for their entire run through the MCU together, it seems only right that Stark will continue to live on in his memory through this show.
No specific plot details have been revealed for Armor Wars yet, but it's obvious that Tony's legacy will play a significant role as Rhodey continues using the War Machine suit and mantle. This show will serve as Don Cheadle's first leading role in the MCU after appearances in six Infinity Saga movies, and there is a great deal of mystery surrounding the enemies he will face.
No matter who this turns out to be, Iron Man's influence will be felt throughout the course of the show as Rhodey goes down his own path. Dealing with the pain of losing somebody he considered a brother is going to have a heavy impact on his decisions, and it will be exciting to find out more details once the show goes into production.
Armor Wars is set to arrive on Disney+ in 2022. There is no timeframe for when production will begin.