Will We See the Guardians of the Galaxy in Iron Man 3?

Warning: There are potential spoilers for Iron Man 3 below.

The Marvel films are ripe with cameos and Easter eggs. More often than not, these moments in the films are used as a way to introduce new characters into the universe or to show the path where the Marvel Cinematic Universe is headed. Nick Fury’s entrance at the end of Iron Man, Robert Downey Jr. showing up in The Incredible Hulk, Thor’s hammer in Iron Man 2, Hawkeye in Thor, and Thanos at the end of The Avengers are the ones that immediately come to mind. Well, this might be a shot in the dark, but we think we’ve figured out who will cameo in this summer’s Iron Man 3 – the Guardians of the Galaxy. Now hear us out first, there’s some compelling evidence.

Earlier this week, the toy company Funko released photos of their upcoming Pop! Vinyl figures for Iron Man 3. Included in the lineup is the new Iron Man Mark 42 armor, War Machine, Iron Patriot, and the Iron Man ‘Deep Space Suit’ (pictured below). Funko’s previous vinyl Marvel figures have been good representations of how they appear in the films, so it’s not like they’re creating new ideas for armor just to sell toys like Hasbro or Mattel. After Tony’s almost deadly trip into space during The Avengers, it makes sense why his character would feel the need to create a ‘deep space suit’ that could safely hold him.

Now, in an interview with EW, Robert Downey Jr. was asked about potential cameos in Iron Man 3 and he said this:

“Everywhere you look now in every Marvel movie there are opportunities where certain new pals of his (Tony’s) 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.”

One could interpret this as RDJ shooting down the rumor of any cameos in the film, but if you read it with the tongue-in-cheek flair that Downey is known for, it takes on a new meaning. We won’t be seeing any of Tony Stark’s pals on the ground, they’ll be in the atmosphere – ie: space.

Did Robert Downey Jr. subtly spill the beans that the Guardians of the Galaxy will be appearing in Iron Man 3? It’s certainly a possibility, but we won’t know for sure until the studio confirms or the film is released.

What do you think? Would you want to see the Guardians in Iron Man 3? Sound off below!

**UPDATE: Toy image removed by the request of Funko**