It’s an exciting time to be a Marvel Cinematic Universe fan. While we’re hot off the heels of Avengers: Endgame and still reeling from what occurred during the tense three hours of movie time, fans are already gearing up for Spider-Man: Far From Home. Hypebeast notes Far From Home takes place just minutes after all of the events of Endgame, so it’s well-advised that fans get all caught up on their Avengers lore before buying their movie tickets.
Avengers is always a star-studded event, but what about Spider-Man? Will we see Robert Downey Jr. in any flashbacks within the film? Here’s what we know so far.
Iron Man’s demise is referenced in the Spider-Man: Far From Home trailer
The most crushing aspect of Endgame for most Avengers fans was seeing the end of Tony Stark. Hypebeast reminds us Stark was a major role model for Peter Parker in Spider-Man: Homecoming, and he even recruited Parker back in Captain America: Civil War. Unfortunately for Parker, he must learn to carry on without Stark’s mentorship, as Stark sacrificed himself and died for the greater good.
In the Far From Home trailer, Stark is referenced immediately — and Parker is seen with tears in his eyes. “Everywhere I go, I see his face,” Parker is heard saying while looking on at a large mural of Iron Man. Happy Hogan, Stark’s long-time friend and one who’s seen helping Parker throughout the trailer and Homecoming, then reassures the young Spider-Man, “I don’t think Tony would have done what he did if he didn’t know you were going to be here after he was gone.” While Stark is referenced many times here, we don’t actually see Robert Downey Jr. in the role, however.
The poster for Far From Home also gives plenty of reference to Tony Stark
It’s not just the trailer that’s making fans wonder if we’ll get any cameos from Robert Downey Jr. himself. CinemaBlend notes the official Spider-Man Twitter account released a new poster to promote the film — and it’s a still from the beginning of the trailer. Here, we see Spider-Man looking on as the prominent image of Iron Man painted in the mural is seen behind him.
The publication notes the poster is quite heavy-handed with the symbolism and gives fans a ton of clues as to what we can expect from the upcoming film. “Peter Parker is literally in the shadow of his mentor, wearing a suit built by Iron Man, missing him terribly and trying go on and live up to his example and expectations,” CinemaBlend wrote. This sort of loss for Parker may also serve the same role as Uncle Ben has served in the past. While we didn’t get the origin story in Homecoming, Stark’s death could be the catalyst that Spider-Man needs to help him fulfill his destiny.
Robert Downey Jr. is unlikely to make any cameos
At the end of the day, it seems we may just get allusions to Iron Man and Stark rather than the man himself. Comic Book notes producer Eric Carroll even told press, “His presence is very much felt. And [Peter] still obviously references this is the suit Tony gave him. Tony and Happy help him out in many ways along this movie — he’s very present, he’s just not in the movie.”
Just because Iron Man’s out doesn’t mean the movie won’t bring in talented acts, however. Fans are excited to see Jake Gyllenhaal take over the role of Mysterio. While Mysterio is traditionally one of Spider-Man’s villains, it seems as if Parker and Gyllenhaal’s Quentin Beck are going to be working together. And perhaps this is the new mentor Parker needs to move forward.
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