Doctor Strange 2 reveals an important Phase 4 twist for Marvel Studios that retcons the story of Iron Man’s Avengers: Infinity War storyline. In the wake of Tony Stark’s passing in Avengers: Endgame, the Marvel Cinematic Universe has had to adapt.
To close out Phase 3 of the MCU, Iron Man was given the spotlight once more, and the MCU avoided focusing too much on Captain America’s death. With his appearances in both Avengers: Infinity War and Avengers: Endgame, Marvel was finally able to wrap up Tony Stark’s story. However, some facets of this definitive end are now at risk.
This does not mean the MCU cannot and will not continue to alter Iron Man’s past, legacy, and overall role in the shared universe, even though he was absent from Phase 4. The Armor Wars and Ironheart Disney+ shows, both of which will initiate his likely MCU replacement in Riri Williams, already have the intention to keep his edge of the film series.
Even though Robert Downey Jr. has alienated himself from his legendary Marvel role, there was much speculation that Tom Cruise would appear as an alternate universe Iron Man in the sequel movie. One of Doctor Strange 2’s most important disclosures retcons Tony Stark.
Iron Man’s Avengers: Infinity War story is altered by a major multiverse twist during the events of Doctor Strange 2. In the Multiverse of Madness, Doctor Strange reveals that dreams are glimpses into the multiverse. Tony Stark and the beginning of Avengers: Infinity War is linked in a breathtaking MCU Phase 4 twist. One night Tony had an epiphany: He dreamed that they were father and son.
Morgan Stark was revealed to be the daughter of Tony and Pepper in Avengers: Endgame. As revealed in Doctor Strange 2, Iron Man saw a parallel universe in which he and Pepper did indeed have a son named Morgan, after Pepper’s uncle. As a result, we get a new perspective on the underlying theme of Stark’s Endgame story.
However, there is a sense that even Tony was aware that something was off about the storyline of Iron Man in Avengers: Infinity War. He informs Pepper that having a son with her felt “so real.” This sense of realism is enhanced even further in Doctor Strange 2 by the multiverse, which is explained in greater detail in the sequel.
Tony Stark was just not imagining what might happen in the future; he was witnessing it unfold in front of his eyes. Iron Man’s story in Avengers: Infinity War can now be linked to the multiverse thanks to this Phase 4 twist. It expands several opportunities for the future with the multiverse twist that Doctor Strange 2 provides to Iron Man’s dream in Avengers: Infinity War.
Although Morgan Stark may still appear in the primary MCU timeline, a male version of the character is now possible thanks to the multiverse. Doctor Strange’s presence in the Multiverse of Madness could open the door for Tony Stark’s son to visit Earth-616 in the future.
A new Morgan Stark might become Iron Lad, preserving the character’s multiverse interconnection while attempting to remove the Kang/Fantastic Four connections. Infinity War’s Iron Man narrative will resonate differently even if the multiverse implications aren’t made clear in the film.