Surprise! Despite sacrificing his life to defeat Thanos and his army in Avengers: Endgame, it appears that the MCU might not be done with Tony Stark just yet. While Robert Downey Jr. won’t be reprising a resurrected version of the character – we presume, at least – according to Deadline, Tony Stark will appear in next year’s Black Widow solo film, set after the events of Captain America: Civil War.
In an article covering the recent Saturn Awards, which saw a number of MCU films and stars take home awards (and the release of this pretty awesome deleted scene from 2008’s Iron Man, which references both Spider-Man and the X-Men), Deadline very briefly mention that Downey will reprise his role as the billionaire playboy philanthropist “one last time” in Black Widow, but don’t elaborate on what exactly this appearance will entail. Given Natasha was on Tony Stark’s side in Civil War, it would make sense that we may see something of Stark in her solo film, though good money probably says such an appearance will likely just be unused footage from the former.
Either way, another appearance from Tony Stark is an exciting and unexpected surprise, and also makes me wonder if any other Avengers will appear in Black Widow – could we see Chris Evans return one last time to lead-in to the events of Avengers: Infinity War? Probably not, but who knows. Whatever capacity Stark returns in, we’ll see him on the big screen for the apparently final time when Black Widow releases on May 1, 2020.