Since the premiere of Avengers: Endgame in April, Marvel fans the world over have been attempting to reckon with the death of Iron Man (Robert Downey Jr.), one of the Cinematic Universe’s most popular and most foundational characters. The upcoming Spider-Man: Far From Home will deal with this concept, featuring Peter Parker (Tom Holland)’s struggle to live in a post-Endgame world--and a TV spot for the film has left some fans theorizing that Tony Stark will make a return.
According to WeGotThisCovered, a Reddit thread on r/MarvelStudios focused attention on the artificial intelligence voice that speaks to Peter Parker when he’s interacting with a high tech gadget during the TV spot. Though Marvel films have previously featured specific characters in these voices, including F.R.I.D.A.Y. (Kelly Condon), J.A.R.V.I.S. (Paul Bettany), and Karen (Jennifer Connelly), this A.I. is not any of those characters. User VirgilFromage theorizes that the voice is actually that of an A.I. Tony Stark, digitally altered to prevent spoilers.
This idea might jibe well with the thematic drive of the movie, which, it appears, will relate to Parker’s sense of loss of Stark. Since Captain America: Civil War and Spider-Man: Homecoming, the characters have existed in a mentor/mentee relationship, and, if the theory is to be believed, the resurrection of Stark through A.I. might help to facilitate Parker’s grieving.
This theory would parallel different moments in the original comics when Tony Stark has taken the post-mortem role of an artificial intelligence, although there is little evidence in support of the idea beyond this speculation. It is also unclear how it might reckon with Downey’s contract.
As for us, we find this theory interesting--we’re not sure whether it’ll hold water, but we’ll keep our minds open until the film premieres on July 2.