Out of all the 14,000,605 scenarios Doctor Strange envisioned for how the two-part battle against Thanos could end, we’ve gotta wonder: Is the one where NASA gets involved in rescuing a stranded Tony Stark the only one that ends in victory?
The real-life space agency weighed in on the proper way to prep for an Iron Man rescue mission over the weekend, after a tide of desperation from tongue-in-cheek fans swept NASA’s social media accounts. If the Avengers: Endgame trailer is going to strand Tony Stark in outer space, injured, friendless, and alone, they reasoned, then why can’t we get the real government involved?
NASA was game to pick up on the joke, tweeting out some advice for Marvel on how to begin a proper rescue:
“As we know, the first thing you should do is listen in mission control for ‘@Avengers, we have a problem,’” the space agency advised. “But if he can’t communicate, then we recommend ground teams use all resources to scan the skies for your missing man.”
Marvel Studios, for its part, later took to Twitter to acknowledge NASA's handy feedback:
How Tony even made it off the surface of Titan, where we last left him as Avengers: Infinity War wound to its heartbreaking conclusion, we likely won’t know until Endgame arrives next spring. But his situation appears even more desperate in the Endgame trailer, which finds him adrift in space, four days removed from his last food and water — and dangerously close to running out of life support.
If the slow bureaucratic wheels of a government-mounted space rescue aren’t quick enough to reassure fans that Tony will make it back to Earth alive, there’s already a push to just take the whole thing private. SpaceX founder Elon Musk is already the latest target for some fans’ social media pleas, and perhaps for good reason: After all, he and Tony have an actual history.