The Teenager At The End Of Avengers: Endgame Is Actually Really Important


OK, so it seems to safe to say most 'true' Marvel fans have been to see Avengers: Endgame by now. After all, it felt like we went through an agonisingly long wait for the final instalment and it's been out for almost a week, so no excuses if you haven't watched it yet.

That said, I must reiterate that you really shouldn't read on if you haven't seen it yet, unless you want to watch it while already knowing what is going to happen, which obviously you don't - so turn back NOW.

Right, so as you should know (assuming you have seen the film and are not some reckless fool who has ignored the above warnings) the Avengers finale was an emotional roller coaster.

It was littered with callbacks, some more blatant than others, which no doubt left many of you feeling eager to re-watch the whole thing with fresh eyes.

One such callback which you may not have noticed occurred at Tony Stark's/Iron Man's, funeral - if you haven't seen it, yes Iron Man dies and it is really sad, and if you didn't want to know that then it's your fault because you shouldn't be here.

Anyway, at the service by the lakeside cabin where Stark spent the final years of his life, there is an adolescent face towards the back of the grieving crowd. You may have thought nothing of him, or been unable to see him due to the floods of tears enveloping your eyes, but he was actually a significant callback.

Remember Harley Keener? Credit: Marvel
Remember Harley Keener? Credit: Marvel

He is of course Harley Keener from Iron Man 3, the young lad Stark befriended while he was stranded in Tennessee. If you remember, Harley helped Stark to repair his Iron Man suit and they develop quite the bond. Eventually, Stark leaves Harley with a workshop to keep up with his inventions before moving on.

Harley is left fearing that Stark will end up being like his dad, who he hadn't seen for six years, and would you believe it, Iron Man 3 and Avengers: Endgame were released six years apart. Now, there is a chance we are over-analysing here, or perhaps this was intentionally made to be just as poignant as it seems.

Either way, some fans are now convinced that Harley is destined to become the next Iron Man.

I guess we'll have to wait and see Marvel fans, but either way, Rob DJ will be missed.

Featured Image Credit: Marvel

Jake Massey

Jake Massey is a journalist at LADbible. He graduated from Newcastle University, where he learnt a bit about media and a lot about living without heating. After spending a few years in Australia and New Zealand, Jake secured a role at an obscure radio station in Norwich, inadvertently becoming a real-life Alan Partridge in the process. From there, Jake became a reporter at the Eastern Daily Press. Jake enjoys playing football, listening to music and writing about himself in the third person.

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