It’s incredible to believe that a year has (almost) already passed since Joss Whedon’s The Avengers delivered the surge of adrenaline that the Marvel Cinematic Universe needed. Re-energised and ready to kick off with Phase 2, the hugely-anticipated Iron Man 3 will be with us in just a few short weeks, and fanboy rumours have been runnng rampant about what might happen, who will die (my money’s on Pepper), and which characters from the MCU might make an appearance, whether familiar friends, new allies or even enemies.

Marvel movies have made an art out of cameo appearances, using them to debut new characters and tie storylines together; though Robert Downey Jr. and others close to the production insist that Iron Man 3 is the most standalone of all the Phase 2 films, it’s still reasonable to expect that they’re all downplaying its involvement with The Avengers 2 in order to ensure we’re all sufficiently surprised. It’s safe to say that I for one won’t be getting up from my cinema seat until the staff are forcibly prodding me out of it, just to be safe.

Here are 8 cameos we’d love to see in Iron Man 3…

 

 

8. Guardians Of The Galaxy

Guardians of the Galaxy

Though this is probably the cameo I am looking forward to the most, it’s also by far the most likely to actually happen, hence why it ends up right at the bottom of the list. When interviewed a few months ago, Robert Downey Jr. gave some classically cryptic clues about what Tony Stark’s new cohorts might be doing in Iron Man 3; “Everywhere you look now in every Marvel movie there are opportunities where certain new pals of his could be useful. So they’re in the atmosphere, so to speak, but I wouldn’t expect to see them on the ground in this one.”

Fanboys do tend to read too much into things, but some take his comment as a sly way of saying that Iron Man will be flying into space to see the Guardians of the Galaxy, rather than meeting them on the ground. This is backed up by the leaked images of some Iron Man 3 toys which show Tony Stark in a Deep Space Suit, and there aren’t exactly a whole lot of reasons for Iron Man to be heading into space now, are there (at least not yet)?

Though casting is still taking place for some of the roles in the Guardians of the Galaxy, given that Chris Pratt was cast as Star-Lord a few months back, there has been plenty of time for him to shoot a 30-second scene that can be slotted into the end of the film or something.

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This article was first posted on April 2, 2013