So, it is confirmed that is Tony within the Iron Man armor.
But I'm torn on this news now. On the one hand, given his track record, Bendis seems better suited at writing solo titles versus team books. But on the other hand, it's Bendis......
Of course. Of. . . COURSE that's the title he wants to write now. This flows quite organically from my thought a bit earlier today. Iron Man's the hot property right now? Well then, by god, Bendis clearly needs to "legitimize" it by getting his. . . perpetually groundbreaking. . . literary stylings smeared all over it. Can't be a flagship/mascot unless he's involved somehow. Oh lordy-- ask not for whom the bell tolls. . .
His current handling of the X-franchise has been terribly forgettable, so his leaving that franchise was welcome news to me.
But now this? I skipped a vast majority of his Avengers work so I have no idea of how well or bad he writes Tony. He's mentioned possibly picking up on Gillen's plot threads about who are Tony's real biological parents (which would be welcome) but I have a feeling that he'll answer that question with some lame retconned relationship between two characters that would make little to no sense.
Although, in most of his recent interviews, Bendis does come off as being coy, flippant, and too full of his own ego. So in line with the current version of Tony and the size of his ego, maybe Bendis has found his perfect character match after all.