In 2021, the movie world was abuzz with rumors about Spider-Man: No Way Home. Almost all of those rumors had something to do with one character appearing or a Marvel veteran returning (or both).
You might think that the arrival and release of that movie would end those rumors, but like the ever-growing beast that the Marvel Cinematic Universe is, those rumors have continued to grow, resulting in even greater excitement for the future of the MCU.
Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness came after that movie, arriving earlier this year. To say there were even more rumors about that would be an understatement. And one of those rumors suggested Tom Cruise would don that familiar Iron armor as the Superior Iron Man.
That ultimately didn’t happen, but a lot of fans haven’t been able to get enough of the idea of the Top Gun: Maverick star playing an alternate version of Tony Stark.
Now, YouTube user Stryder HD has given us an idea of what that could look like.
Tom Cruise becomes Iron Man in stunning fan trailer video
YouTube user Stryder HD is familiar with creating epic fan videos that utilize Deepfake technology to capture an actor’s likeness and place it over another’s. And this jaw-dropping video is just another example of that.
Using footage from Iron Man, the video acts as a concept teaser for a fictional Iron Man 4 and it places Tom Cruise’s face over Robert Downey Jr., imagining what the Hollywood star could look like if he were to play a variant of Tony Stark in an MCU movie.
It’s an incredibly convincing video that suggests Cruise would be able to nail the charm that RDJ’s Tony is known for (even though we all know RDJ is irreplaceable).
Is Tom Cruise playing an Iron Man variant in the MCU?
Tom Cruise was only rumored to appear in Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness, simply because reports of Doctor Strange reshoots began finding their way around the internet, with some fans wondering if this would result in even more cameos in the film. It ultimately turned out to be just that: A rumor.
Even though he didn’t appear in the multiversal film, fans have wondered if we could see him cameo in a future MCU film. Nothing has been confirmed or even suggested by Marvel, but given that the multiverse will continue to play a role throughout Phase Four, Five, and Six (a.k.a. The Multiverse Saga), there is the possibility that we could see alternate versions of many classic MCU heroes. Could Cruise’s Iron Man be one of them?
If this were to happen, it would be a nod to the fact that Cruise was among the early possibilities to play the role in 2008’s Iron Man before RDJ was cast.
Do you think Tom Cruise could show up as the Superior Iron Man variant in a future MCU project? Let us know in the comments below!