With everything that came in 2021 and everything set to arrive in 2022 for Marvel Studios, the team behind the MCU has certainly come a long way since 2008's Iron Man. Currently, attention is focused on Benedict Cumberbatch's Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness, particularly after the film's second full trailer broke the internet during Super Bowl LVI.
While the core story behind Multiverse of Madness will focus on expanding magical mayhem from Strange and Elizabeth Olsen's Wanda Maximoff, Marvel is looking to bring more thrills than ever in this adventure.
Much of this is coming through the use of A-list cameos, which started during Doctor Strange's last MCU appearance in Spider-Man: No Way Home. From Patrick Stewart's vocal tease as Professor Charles Xavier to the sight of Captain Carter's shield from What If...?, there are no limits to what the Doctor Strange sequel can possibly bring to the story.
Another character that fans noticed in the trailer was one that looked like a variant of Iron Man, although the visuals led viewers to believe that this was actually Superior Iron Man from the comics. In response to this theory, the character's creator took to Twitter to share his thoughts on the matter at hand.
Superior Iron Man Writer on Doctor Strange 2
Following the debut of Super Bowl LVI TV spot for Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness, Superior Iron Man found itself trending on Twitter. This was due to an image from the trailer that seemingly showed the MCU's take on Superior Iron Man, one of many variants and cameos that are likely to appear in the movie.
In response to this, Marvel writer and Superior Iron Man co-creator Tom Taylor shared his thoughts on the trailer and some information on the character he's helped bring to Marvel Comics. Included in this were a couple of panels from a story where this Tony cured Matt Murdock's blindness, although it ended with Matt and Tony getting into a heated argument over the matter.
Taylor revealed that he didn't have any "inside information" on what Marvel Studios is doing with the character, but he explained what seemed to be happening on screen. The writer shared with fans that this seems to be Tony Stark's Endo-Sym armor, which boasts a red and orange glow when this version of Tony is angry:
"Hey, Superior Iron Man is trending. I have no inside information but when Yildiray Cinar and I created Tony’s Endo-Sym armor, it was designed to glow red/orange when he was angry."
Also included in the first post was a piece of cover art showing Superior Iron Man, who looks nearly identical to the main Tony Stark but with a white and blue suit.
Sharing more images of the character, Taylor admitted that he'd enjoy seeing the "Endo-Sym armor" that Superior Iron Man boasts on the big screen in the future.
"Regardless, would love to see our Endo-Sym armor on screen one day."
The Endo-Sym armor is a fully liquid suit that's partially based on symbiotic biology. The material hardens instantly on whoever is wearing it as soon as the suit hits the skin, and it's activated through the wearer's mind.
To close, Taylor shared another classic image of the full Superior Iron Man suit, which boasts a silver, white, and blue color scheme along with a much more streamlined physical design than past Iron Man suits. The writer even made it clear that the "pronounced hips" on the suit are an intentional design choice:
"The pronounced hips were actually part of the design."
Superior Iron Man Meets Doctor Strange?
To say that "things just got out of hand" after the Doctor Strange 2 TV spot and trailer is only the tip of the iceberg considering what Marvel is doing with this sequel.
Fans got a couple of looks at Superior Iron Man in both clips, although the lighting and view could surely be pointing in a different direction when the movie fully debuts. Should this character truly be a new Tony Stark, then Doctor Strange will likely be in a world of trouble as the Tony Stark variant unleashes hell on the Multiverse.
This version of Tony is one who has no moral compass whatsoever, embodying the worst qualities of Robert Downey Jr's iconic hero - most notably, his arrogance and ego.
Fans have already seen a hint of Tony's villainous side in Captain America: Civil War, although it was largely out of trying to find vengeance for his parents' deaths. Take away the heart and soul from Tony in that heated moment? Fans could be looking at one of the most dangerous villains the MCU has ever seen.
Theories have pointed to Tom Cruise possibly being in line to play this version of Tony, while others have hinted toward the character even being a member of Marvel Studios' Illuminati team. With only Patrick Stweart's Professor X and Chiwetel Ejiofor's new Baron Mordo on the panel thus far, there are still seats in that room that need filled.
Whether this version of Tony Stark is really what comes through the Multiverse in this scene is a mystery, although absolutely anything is possible thanks to dimensional barriers now being broken down. Safe to say, the good doctor and the Scarlet Witch may be in for the most intense battle of their lives, whether they fight against or beside one another.
Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness is set to release in theaters on May 6, 2022.