Avengers 4 will take off after the events of Avengers: Infinity War will come to an end. According to co-director Joe Russo, the MCU will see pretty drastic changes in Phase 4, which means that the Avengers will have had gone through a lot after Infinity War. The team-up with the Guardians of the Galaxy in order to defeat Thanos will result in the geniuses of Earth, Tony Stark and Bruce Banner, getting to know about alien-tech that the Guardians use, and vice versa. It only makes sense that Tony will make a few upgrades to his armor by implementing this alien-tech in them.
This also seems to be the case, as a recent photo of Tony's arc reactor from Avengers 4 hints at such a possibility. The reactor seems to be made from a material that is certainly not from Earth. It is entirely possible that Rocket or Peter Quill introduced Tony to this kind of technology. Whatever be the case, the this opens up an opportunity for the Bleeding Edge Armor to make an appearance in the #MCU. But before we proceed to that, one might ask:
What Is The Bleeding Edge Armor?
The Bleeding Edge Armor was the first armor powered completely by repulsor technology. The armor is kept inside Tony’s body until he mentally commands it to form any structure or shape on his skin.
It consists of nano-machines that can change their properties depending upon the structure commanded, and can transform into clothes or different armors. Due to the capability of transformation, it can repair itself and has almost no vulnerabilities. The transformation depends entirely on Stark’s imagination. Apart from that, it also provides Tony a 360-degree panoramic view around himself through installed cameras.
Now that we know what this armor’s capable of, let's proceed back to exactly why it's significant to the MCU. You see, the BEA has already been teased before in Avengers: Age of Ultron and Doctor Strange.
BEA In The MCU
An interesting Easter Egg regarding the BEA came from Christine Palmer in Doctor Strange, portrayed by Rachel McAdams, when she used the term "bleeding edge" during a conversation with Stephen Strange. Bleeding edge is a term used for technologies so new that they have a high risk of unreliability, and was formed to indicate a greater advancement (and risk) than "leading edge" or "cutting edge." In this case, it might be a possible nod to Tony Stark’s Bleeding Edge Armor from the comics.
This may be more than just a usual comic book reference though, because it has been teased in Age of Ultron as well.
Remember when Hawkeye was gravely wounded at the start of the movie? Dr. Helen Cho cured him with some kind of nano-technology and Bruce Banner then claimed that she was creating tissue. When Stark walks in, Dr. Cho says:
"This is the next thing, Tony. Your clunky metal suits are going to be left in the dust."
To which he replies:
"That is exactly the plan."
The "next thing" may be the Bleeding Edge Armor. It’s quite possible that it’s designed the same way Barton’s tissues are being constructed, and is powered by the new arc reactor. I mean, this method did create a living body (remember Vision?), so it's possible it can work similarly for Iron Man. I know I can't be the only one who'd like to see this nanotechnology in action.
Do you want to see Tony upgrade to Bleeding Edge Armor in Avengers 4? Let me know in the comments down below!