Robert Downey Jr. Was Against The Iconic Scene At The End Of Endgame According To Directors
It must be comforting for directors Joe and Anthony Russo to finally be able to speak freely about the massive hit, ‘Avengers: Endgame’. It’s soon to be the highest grossing film of all time, and they can rest assured that their contributions to the MCU have been more than invaluable. They have been answering some interesting questions and talked about Robert Downey Jr.’s iconic line, which he originally did not want to say. Let’s find out why!
Two weeks after the premiere of ‘Avengers: Endgame’, the spoiler ban was finally lifted and everyone rushed to talk about it, including the actors and the creators. Finally, behind-the-scenes images and videos were posted, and the Russos could speak freely about making this amazing film, which is the culmination of the Infinity saga in the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
By now, the whole world knows that Tony Stark/Iron Man died in the film as he made the ultimate sacrifice so that Thanos could not win again. As Doctor Strange told them during ‘Infinity War’, they only had one chance to restore the universe to its original state, and the Mad Titan was incredibly powerful even without the stones.
During an action-packed battle against the powerful villain, the superheroes returning the gauntlet to the past so that they could return the Infinity Stones to the original times, and not create nasty alternative realities. However, Thanos and his minions thwarted all their opportunities, and he destroyed the Quantum tunnel in Luis’ van.
Even Captain Marvel could not stop the Mad Titan despite her out-of-this-world powers, and Tony looked at Doctor Strange, who reminded him that there was only one chance to win. Therefore, Iron Man decides to take the Infinity Stones from Thanos instead of the entire gauntlet, which is what others had tried to do.
Iron Man has always been very resourceful, and although the Mad Titan, who came from 2014, did not know him very well, he should have known that if they made that glove, they could have designed another. Tony had added the same features to his Iron Man suit, which allowed him the use of the stones.
But, Thanos did not realize it until after he said, “I am inevitable.” He snapped his fingers and found that the gems were gone. That’s when the shot cuts to Tony, and he uttered, “And I’m Iron Man.” This line has already become iconic and will be remembered by fans for many years to come. However, some fans might be surprised to learn that Robert Downey Jr. did not want to say those words.
IT WAS A RESHOOT
‘Infinity War’ and ‘Endgame’ were filmed back-to-back but the creating process it complex and takes a lot of time to produce the final result. Sometimes, you have to go back to rework something that was originally awesome to make it even better. That often happens in post-production with movies, when the editors are arranging scenes and making cuts.
Most fans know that there were many reshoots for ‘Avengers: Endgame’, and after seeing the final product, they are probably glad for them as the movie has received amazing reviews from critics and the public. While it is hard to say for sure which scenes were reshoots and which ones were in the original run, the Russos recently talked about an interesting one.
The iconic “I Am Iron Man” moment was not in the initial script, and it was the very last the directors filmed for ‘Endgame’. No one can imagine the movie without the amazing moment, but the brothers also remarked that it almost didn’t happen because Downey Jr. did not want to do it. According to Cinemablend, Joe Russo said in the ReelBlend podcast,
“It’s an interesting story. I had dinner with [Robert Downey Jr.] like two weeks before we were supposed to shoot it. And he was like, ‘I don’t know. I don’t really want to go back and get into that emotional state. It’ll take… it’s hard.’”
“And crazily enough, Joel Silver, the producer, was at the dinner. He’s an old buddy of Robert’s. And Joel jumps in and he’s like, ‘Robert, what are you talking about? That’s the greatest line I’ve ever heard! You gotta say this line! You have to do this!’ So thank God that Joel Silver was at dinner, because he helped us talk Robert into doing that line.”
The Russos have also talked about the death of Natasha Romanoff. When asked about coming up with that line, Anthony said,
“Originally when he snapped, he didn’t say, ‘I am Iron Man.’ The idea came up while we were in post production. Our editor, Jeff Ford…”
Joe Russo cut in with,
“We were sitting on our editorial, and we were reworking that sequence, and Thanos says ‘I am inevitable.’ And we were like, ‘We need a response to that. What is the response to that?’ And our editor said, ‘What about I am Iron Man?’ And we were like, ‘That’s it!’”
And Anthony continued,
“We must shoot that, we have to shoot that!”
THE PERFECT RESPONSE
It’s hard to imagine Tony not saying anything to Thanos at that point in the film. It’s not only the perfect answer to the villain’s comment, but it also circles back to the first movie in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. It was the best way to end this saga and say goodbye to the character that started it all in the first place. However, that is also the reason why the actor was so reluctant to film that scene.
Originally, he only smiled at Thanos, but the directors knew that he had to say something, and when they called Downey Jr. after coming up with that wonderful idea, he said it was “too emotional”, and he didn’t know if he could get in that headspace again. Fans can completely understand, and everyone should thank Robert for his professionalism, as well as for saving the universe.
The Russos also added,
“And we did that shot at a studio in Los Angeles called Raleigh Studios. And the stage that we shot that shot on was adjacent to the stage where Robert Downey Jr. screen tested for Iron Man.”
We will never forget the role Robert Downey Jr. played in the success of the MCU. Thank you, Iron Man. Let us know what you think of the iconic line. If you liked this article, share it with your friends who cried during that scene. See you next time!