The kid Harley Keener played a pretty important role in Iron Man 3. To me it sort of seemed that the movie was hinting that he was going to be another hero, maybe from the Iron Man universe, maybe from the general Marvel universe.

Am I reading too much into this, or is the kid suposed to be important outside just this movie?

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    I suspect if he was going to have any greater role he'd be an established Marvel character... a quick google suggests he isn't. I'm not sure this is a question which has an answer at this time. – Liath May 8 '13 at 14:07
  • @liath i did some rudimentary search and didn't turn up anything. That doesn't mean they didnt' change the name to be sneaky (like in dark knight rises) – DForck42 May 8 '13 at 14:10
  • Yeah, that's why I only commented - I don't feel qualified to answer this one! – Liath May 8 '13 at 14:17
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    @nobby i have a knack for asking hard to answer questions... – DForck42 May 8 '13 at 15:42
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    Purely speculation but we have seen in the agents of shield and the item 47 one shot shield like to pick up strays who have interacted with the universe and have useful skills inspired by stark harley could get picked up and work for shield in a role that may benefit stark in future films ie. an engineer or mechanic – user6593 Nov 1 '13 at 11:04

I think Harley's entry is just like Marvel's trend of copying from DC. As in Dark Knight Rises there is a new sidekick (new Robin), similarly Harley can be a future Iron-Man (or a mechanic :P).

As per my knowledge and Google search there is no Marvel's Character which matches with the movie's Harley. But as per Wikipedia

Ty Simpkins has signed a 3 picture deal for Marvel Studios in an unspecified role.

This makes the possibility for expedition of character in Marvel cinematic universe. So we could wait and see if something else hidden in the character.

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    -ve vote, most probably from Downey.:P – Ankit Sharma May 8 '13 at 19:24

To answer simply, no, the kid is not based on any existing Marvel characters before. However, I believe the character was added by Disney to make the film more kid-friendly, to have a character that children can identify with. If I was not mistaken, at the time of the release, the character was poorly received, as with Mandarin's different take (an image, rather than a real terrorist.) another edit perceived to be done by Disney.

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    +1 for giving me a reason to worry about Disney messing up my favorite heroes some more! – shivsky Oct 11 '13 at 18:11

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