This article discusses the ending of "Iron Man 3" and its implications, so SPOILER ALERT.
You may have noticed something strange about the ending of "Iron Man 3," namely that it had one at all.
It's not the style of a superhero movie — especially ones that were predicted to take in between $150 and $175 million in their domestic opening weekend — to close the doors on its main character like "Iron Man 3" does with Tony Stark, but that's exactly what it did. He doesn't need the arc reactor anymore, and he destroyed all of his Iron Man suits. It's like if Batman burned down the batcave without finding a replacement at the end of "The Dark Knight Rises."
So what does the ending of "Iron Man 3" and the conclusion of Tony's story mean for Marvel Studios and the character's role in "Avengers 2"? Since the after-credits scene didn't toss out a tease for a future film, all the audience has to rely on is a vague text-on-screen promise that "Iron Man will return."
To that effect, Iron Man certainly will return in "Avengers 2," but "Iron Man 4" is far from a sure thing. Unbeknownst to the rest of the world, Marvel and director Shane Black made "Iron Man 3" the conclusion to a trilogy. The story of Tony Stark that started in a cave is now over, and so is, at the very least, this leg of Iron Man's standalone films.
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