It would have been a wonderful homage to Robert Downey Jr.’s portrayal of the hero had Tom Cruise’s Iron Man appeared as a member of Doctor Strange’s Illuminati with in Multiverse of Madness. The live-action adaptation of the Marvel Comics secret superhero squad was first revealed in Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness, but with a significantly modified roster. Iron Man, one of the founding members of the gang in the comics, is conspicuously absent from Doctor Strange 2’s Illuminati, which is one of the modifications to the group.
Each member of the Illuminati is designed to represent a significant segment of the superhuman club in order to influence key choices regarding the galaxy’s future. They are the pinnacle of the Marvel world. The cast of Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness includes Professor X (John Krasinski), Black Bolt (Anson Mount), Mister Fantastic (John Krasinski), Maria Rambeau’s Captain Marvel (Lashana Lynch), and Captain Carter (Hayley Atwell) (Patrick Stewart).
However, there were reports that Tom Cruise would make an appearance as a variation of Iron Man prior to the premiere of the Sam Raimi-directed movie, which obviously didn’t materialise.
Naturally, Marvel Studios takes great care to manage Iron Man’s legacy beyond the Infinity Saga. Even if it’s a version and not Earth-616’s Tony Stark, the thought of another actor playing the part carries a lot of dangers because Downey did such an outstanding job in the role. However, Cruise portraying Iron Man from Earth-838 would have really underlined how excellent Downey had been in the part.
Given how poorly the MCU handled the Illuminati in its first instalment, it seems likely that Cruise’s Iron Man would have met the same fate as his comrades in Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness. There’s really no chance that Downey’s Stark would have permitted Scarlet Witch to embark on such a hazardous spree, which unintentionally served to emphasise the point that the Sacred Timeline’s interpretation of the character is really the finest.
It’s important to remember that the MCU romance between Iron Man and Scarlet Witch was turbulent. After a Stark Industries explosion happened in their Sokovian house and killed her parents, Wanda Maximoff held Tony Stark responsible for their deaths for many years. After Avengers: Age of Ultron, they finally allied together until Captain America: Civil War split up Earth’s Mightiest Heroes.
Wanda may be deadly even if she doesn’t try to be since she doesn’t have complete control over her powers, Tony repeatedly shown during the course of this adventure.
He didn’t have such a personal vendetta against her; rather, he just saw the challenges she was facing as a result of her incomplete understanding of her own strengths. Without this special history with Scarlet Witch, Cruise’s Iron Man from Earth-838 wouldn’t have had the foresight to anticipate Wanda’s attack like the all of his fellow Illuminati members.
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