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Why Harley From Iron Man 3 Looks So Familiar

2013's "Iron Man 3" is one of the most divisive films to come out of the Marvel Cinematic Universe. This can primarily be attributed to the Mandarin twist, wherein it's revealed the Mandarin (Ben Kingsley) we've believed to be the primary big bad in the film was really just a pawn and an actor the entire time. The true supervillain pulling all of the strings is Aldrich Killian (Guy Pearce), who's out to get revenge on Tony Stark (Robert Downey Jr.) for a perceived slight many years prior. 

Along the way, Tony learns that he doesn't need his Iron Man armor to be a superhero; he just needs his super-brain. And to help him along that journey is Harley Keener (Ty Simpkins), a young boy Tony befriends when he's at his lowest point. Simpkins was a standout in the film, and he would go on to reprise the character in "Avengers: Endgame," even if it confused certain viewers initially

However, the MCU only makes up a small sample of the actor's filmography. He has numerous other credits to his name, including the following standout performances.

Ty Simpkins broke out with Insidious

Ty Simpkins was only 11 years old when "Iron Man 3" first came out in theaters. However, he already had an impressive resume to his name by the time he entered the MCU. Since he was a toddler, he's been acting in the likes of "Law & Order: Criminal Intent" and "Guiding Light." However, most audiences probably sat up and took notice of his talents when he appeared on the big screen as Dalton Lambert in 2010's "Insidious."

Dalton is the son of Renai (Rose Byrne) and Josh Lambert (Patrick Wilson), who falls into a coma one day. Of course, this is no ordinary coma, as his parents soon learn that he has the power to astral project himself, and one time, he went too far into the abyss, thus inviting demons into the Lambert household. 

Simpkins would reprise the character in "Insidious 2" and "Insidious: The Last Key." He's also slated to return for the upcoming sequel "Insidious 5," which will make for the directorial debut of Patrick Wilson.

From one epic franchise to the next ...

Ty Simpkins joined the Marvel Cinematic Universe at a young age, and it barely took any time at all for him to join his next major franchise. In 2015, audiences undoubtedly recognized him when he graced the screen as Gray in "Jurassic World." He's one of the brothers who's sent to visit Jurassic World, and even though they have a guide with them, they manage to elude her and explore the park on their own. This leads to serious trouble when the Indominus Rex escapes and causes havoc throughout the island.

His experience with the film doesn't appear to deter him from visiting a dinosaur-filled island if one ever materialized in real life. In an interview with ComicBook.com, he stated, "I mean dinosaurs, real live dinosaurs would be amazing. I think I would want to be a park ranger so I could go all over the park. That would be awesome." It's unclear what Simpkins' future for this particular franchise lies, but he more than made a mark with his single appearance.

He appeared in Shane Black's next film, The Nice Guys

It's common for directors to work with actors they like, and it would appear Ty Simpkins made a good impression on Shane Black. After the two worked together on "Iron Man 3," they collaborated once again on Black's next film — 2016's "The Nice Guys."

It's a small but impactful role as Ty Simpkins' character is introduced in the opening scene. He's a young kid who stumbles upon a very adult magazine featuring a centerfold of Misty Mountains (Murielle Telio) right before Misty herself comes crashing through the kid's house in her car. In an interview with Collider, Simpkins spoke about working with Shane Black: "Shane is awesome; I worked with him on 'Iron Man 3,' so it was great to see him again. He's similar to Colin [Trevorrow] but different; he's straight-forward in what he wants and how he wants it done."

With plenty of projects in the works, it's safe to say audiences will keep seeing Ty Simpkins on their screens for some time to come.