Tom Cruise is Tony Stark in a fan-made deepfake video focusing on Armor Wars.
Deepfake technology has allowed a number of incredible changes to be made to films and television series, which allow our wildest imaginations and fan castings to be realized in 4K resolution. One such video, uploaded to YouTube by a video editor with the handle Stryder HD, displays a number of incredible fan castings for the MCU Armor Wars series, including a clip that depicts Tom Cruise as Iron Man, replacing Robert Downey Jr. in the landmark role. While the video does not display a 100 percent perfect recreation of the scenes, it serves as a slightly uncanny example of what Cruise could have brought to the epic performance while highlighting the incredible technological advancements VFX artists have made with AI tools.
Tom Cruise has been the center of a great deal of Marvel casting discussion for years now, with many fans and executives claiming that he could take on the Iron Man role now that Robert Downey Jr. has departed from the MCU following the character’s death in 2019’s Avengers: Endgame. With rumors continuing to swirl regarding a possible Tom Cruise appearance in the upcoming Iron Man 4, VFX artists across the web got busy making deepfake videos to lay our suspicions to rest. Of course, there’s no way of knowing exactly how Cruise would have interpreted the role of Tony Stark if given the chance back when the character debuted on-screen in 2008, as the actor would have maintained the freedom to reimagine the metal-suited superhero in a number of ways specific to his own acting style.
If Tom Cruise does, in fact, take on the role of Iron Man in the future, it would likely be in a filmed adaptation of the Armor Wars plot-line from the comics, which the MCU plans to adapt, according to IMDb. The “Armor Wars”, in the comics, served as a seven-issue long character arc following the death of Tony Stark and the ensuing aftermath as a host of low-rent villains attempt to steal Stark technology.
With the MCU having completely worn out the concept of stolen Stark tech at this point in the franchise, as seen in all three of the original Iron Man films, as well as Spider-Man: Far From Home, Kevin Feige and company will likely take a number of creative liberties with the plot in order to keep the story fresh.
What will certainly remain in the upcoming film is the importance of Don Cheadle’s War Machine finally taking center stage to prevent the stolen Stark tech from creating chaos all over the world. Whether Tom Cruise appears in the role of Iron Man or not, a cameo appearance would certainly be welcome, much like John Krasinski and Patrick Stewart appearing in Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness as Reed Richards and Charles Xavier, respectively. Though the latter two examples are not slated to reprise their roles in future MCU films, their placement within the Sam Raimi-directed movie served to please fans who had become anxious at the long-awaited rumors of their casting.