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Our Favorite Explanations for the Giant Bunny in the Iron Man 3 Trailer

The full trailer for Iron Man 3 premiered online in the wee hours of this morning, but the thing we’ve fixated on most in the hours since is not the hints of Tony finally enduring some significant psychological ramifications from his crime (ok, alien) fighting, the promise that his world will be pulled down, or Ben Kingsley‘s at-little-too-similar-and-a-little-too-soon-to-not-be-compared-to-Bane voice over. No.

It’s the apparently enormous plush bunny in the back ground of one split second shot of an explosion in Tony’s Malibu mansion. We asked for explanation on Twitter, and here are some of our favorite Head Canons (that is, explanations).

First we had to put out the call:

Responses were instantaneous.

Of course we have our own theories:

@GoFlyAKate pointed out something very interesting, though

So now my favorite Head Canon is that this is the equivalent of the stuffed animal that you give to a kid who’s in the hospital.

And finally? The mysterious giant bunny in the background of one shot in the Iron Man 3 trailer has a twitter account. And it’s kind of sad. And kind of creepy.

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  • Nikki Lincoln

    It looks an awful lot like the velveteen rabbit…

  • DJRM

    sad? creepy? Are you crazy? That’s awesome.

  • Luke Porter

    Those arms look like breasts…

  • Mandy Curtis

    I have to thank you guys for making an already great day even better. I had no idea it was there until you said anything. It’s hard to pull one’s eyes away from RDJ.

  • Anonymous

    I thought so too! So Tony is becoming “real”.

  • mea.glitch

    Ah internet – is there nothing insignificant you can’t bestow hilarious stardom upon? :D

  • Anonymous

    I meant the content of the account, which is all three; not the fact that it exists, which is merely the latter.

  • Anonymous

    “I wish Jarvis would talk to me. Everyone left to go fight with an orange.”
    I can forgive @StarkBunny just about anything, after that tweet.

  • Brian Adkins

    You sure it’s not a donkey? ;-)

  • blu_fuzzball

    The GIANT BUNNY must have reached memetic levels because it has it has it’s own line about it on TVTropes.

  • Kris Passmore

    Was that Ben Kingsley doing the Bane voice? I was under the impression it was Guy Pearce giving a Iron Patriot speech.

  • Guest

    You’re not allowed to mention TVTropes after 5 pm EST

  • Karen Sealy

    You’re not allowed to mention TVTropes after 5pm EST.

  • Elias Algorithm

    Obligatory Monty Python reference.

  • Jerilyn Nighy

    Pepper pregnant. Gift for the baby.

  • Anonymous

    I read this in a Hulk voice, and I am not ashamed.

  • nicole kellett

    I can’t believe I missed this tweet, glad I wasn’t the only one fixating on the bunny

  • Jerilyn Nighy

    Jerilyn smash. ing.

  • Jerilyn Nighy

    Well, hopefully they aren’t going for a woman + unborn in danger = motivation for vengeance angle.

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  • Guest

    That was my first thought too

  • SkullcrusherMaggie

    That was my first thought, too

  • Joel Emmett

    Looks very, very, very similar to the Velveteen Rabbit.

    It must relate to the theme and/or storyline of Iron Man 3.

    Here’s the wikipedia plot description:

    “A stuffed rabbit sewn from velveteen is given as a Christmas present to a small boy, but is neglected for toys of higher quality or function, which shun him in response. The rabbit is informed of magically becoming Real by the wisest and oldest toy in the nursery as a result of extreme adoration and love from children, and he is awed by this concept; however, his chances of achieving this wish are slight.

    “One night, after the boy has misplaced his cherished china dog, he is pacified through the presence of the rabbit, who attracts more attention from his owner from then onward as a result, to the extent of his promotion to the position of the child’s favorite toy. However, when the toy rabbit’s owner contracts scarlet fever, he is prescribed a trip to the seashore and is pacified upon receiving a stuffed rabbit of higher quality as a replacement for the Velveteen Rabbit, which must be burned alongside all of the other playthings due to potential bacteria. Before the rabbit can meet a painful demise, he is greeted by the Nursery Fairy, who transforms him into a living rabbit to spare him from an agonizing fate, as he’d acquired greater affection from the boy than all of the other toys and surpassed all qualifications required. The rabbit accompanies several others in rejoicement, gleeful upon having received his dream.”

    So — possible spoilers — while others die/nearly-die of a plague or some sort, Tony is supposed to be burned (see movie poster), yet instead is “transformed,” becomes more “real,” and lives to frolic another day. In “rejoicement.”