Who is the kid at the end of Avengers: Endgame? Iron Man's Harley Keener makes a cameo

29 April 2019, 19:42

Katie Louise Smith

By Katie Louise Smith

Avengers: Endgame features a cameo from a huge Iron Man 3 character - but what could the presence of Harley Keener mean for the future of the MCU? [SPOILERS]

Just as we thought, Avengers: Endgame has come and it has conquered. The big conclusion of the Infinity Saga has broken all box office records and has taken a whopping $1.2 BILLION worldwide in its opening weekend.

Throughout Endgame, there's a few cameos from actors who have appeared in the 21 previous Marvel films. From people who we thought were long gone, to those who got dusted in Infinity War, there are some surprises and some we already figured out would be returning.

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But there's one particular cameo at the very end of the film that has got fans clamouring for answers: Who exactly is that kid who shows up at the end of the film? Well, here's everything you need to know...


Who is the kid at the end of Avengers: Endgame? Harley Keener returns
Who is the kid at the end of Avengers: Endgame? Harley Keener returns. Picture: Marvel Studios

ONCE AGAIN: There will be huge Avengers: Endgame spoilers beyond this gif. Do not scroll past if you haven't seen the film. K THANKS BYE.


Who is the boy at Tony Stark's funeral?

After defeating Thanos, Tony Stark dies a hero and is later honoured with a funeral at the Stark residence with almost every single Avenger in attendance.

The groups of guests range from those who were closest to him (Pepper, Morgan, Happy, Rhodey and Peter Parker), those who fought alongside him as the Avengers and those who - by extension - were also connected to him through his work (Hank Pym, Janet Van Dyne, the Guardians crew...) Even some characters who didn't otherwise appear in the events of Endgame show up, like Nick Fury, Maria Hill and Aunt May.

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As the camera pans across the characters, there's a teenage boy that's shown just before we see Carol Danvers on the steps who you might not recognise at first glance.

The boy is (a much older) Harley Keener, played Ty Simpkins, who befriended Tony in Iron Man 3. In the film, Harley plays a huge role in helping Tony cope with his PTSD. He hasn't been seen or mentioned since the 2013 film but his presence at Tony's funeral shows just how much of an impact they both had on each others lives.

Harley Keener helps Tony Stark in Iron Man 3
Harley Keener helps Tony Stark in Iron Man 3. Picture: Marvel Studios

Keener's inclusion in the scene is not only a fitting tribute, but it also could be a nod to the future of the Iron Man legacy.

At the end of Iron Man 3, Tony gifts Harley with a ton of equipment. Some fans have already suggested that the metal clanging noise at the end of the credits is actually either Harley (or even Morgan) in the future, working on building their own Iron suit.

Of course, Tony's protégé in the MCU ended up being Peter Parker instead of Harley but with Iron Man gone, might there soon be a young Avenger who takes his place?