In Avengers: Infinity War, Iron Man counters an explosion from Thanos’ Infinity Gauntlet using one of Hulk’s moves.
During the climactic battle on Titan in Avengers: Infinity WarTony Stark (Iron Man) countered a blast from Thanos’ Infinity Gauntlet using a move that may have seemed familiar to eagle-eyed fans of the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Reddit user u / syborg-av shared a short clip showing that Iron Man’s evasion against Thanos was seemingly removed from the Hulk’s moves seen on his Avengers: Age of Ultron fight together in South Africa.
When Stark fought the Hulk during Ultron age, the green giant managed to minimize the effects of Stark’s projectors by turning around and then dodging the projectiles entirely. Stark used what appeared to be almost the exact same move on Thanos, blocking the Mad Titan’s attack with a shield before turning and dodging the blasts, giving him plenty of time to zoom in and land a heavy blow. Comparing the two scenes in slow motion, one could conclude that it was an intentional callback from the producers, but what seems more likely is another display of Stark’s great ability to adapt and learn.
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While almost certainly unintentional, the family move fits very well within the in-universe characterization of Stark as someone who is constantly adapting his technology and tactics based on the current threat and lessons learned. It’s pretty much a recurring trope throughout the MCU that Stark failed in a movie only to correct that flaw at some later point. In fact, there have been many instances where Stark has been consistently shown learning from his past encounters and making changes that appear in future films.
On Spider-Man: HomecomingPeter Parker’s Stark suit contained many features, such as the heater and parachute, suggesting that they were implemented as a result of Tony’s past failures. Stark is also capable of adapting mid-battle, as seen in Captain America: Civil War, where he used his artificial intelligence assistant on Friday to quickly analyze and counter Captain America’s fighting style. Additionally, Stark created the Hulkbuster armor as a countermeasure to stop a rogue Hulk, and since it was created in collaboration with Bruce Banner, he surely must have looked into the Hulk’s fighting technique at some point.
It should also be noted that many of the movies in the MCU share the same stunt coordinators and cinematographers, so some scenes were likely to be similar to each other. While the cinematographers of Infinity war Y Ultron age they were different, the stunt team remained the same. Assistant wrestling coordinator James young worked on the fight scenes for both Ultron age Y Infinity war, so it wasn’t surprising to see some overlap in the types of moves used by our favorite heroes.
Ultimately this was a fun but probably unintentional callback to Ultron age that reminds us why Tony Stark was considered by many to be the smartest Avenger.
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