If it wasn’t for Robert Downey Jr., Tony Stark’s dying in Avengers: Endgame would have been lots totally different. On the 2019 San Diego Comedian-Con, screenwriters Christopher Markus and Stephen McFeely revealed that the character initially had traces written for his dying scene. Nevertheless, Downey Jr. insisted the character mustn’t say something.
Robert Downey Jr. knew Tony Stark mustn’t say something
In Avengers: Endgame, Tony Stark’s well-known final line is “I am Iron Man.” This happens after he takes the Infinity Stones from Thanos, and he then snaps his fingers, defeating Thanos and his military. Nevertheless, the ability from the Infinity Stones is an excessive amount of for Tony Stark to bear. As he dies, he seems to be on lovingly as Peter Parker, Pepper Potts, and Rhodey say their goodbyes.
“These actors have spent a lot of time with these characters,” McFeely mentioned on the 2019 San Diego Comedian-Con. “So Chris and I are very happy, and did, to write all sorts of lovely dying words for Tony Stark. Robert is not happy to say them, right?”
The screenwriter additionally added that Downey Jr. “instinctively” knew that “a guy who has talked and talked and talked for many, many movies, when he doesn’t talk, you are crushed.”
“He knew that, and we didn’t feel we could turn in a page where he didn’t talk,” mentioned McFeely. “So he says, ‘Listen, I want to do much, much less,’ and he was right.”
Robert Downey Jr. initially didn’t need to say Tony Stark’s ultimate line
Whereas Tony Stark’s “I am Iron Man” instantly turned iconic, the actor didn’t initially need to say it in accordance with administrators Joe Russo and Anthony Russo.
“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,” Joe Russo mentioned on the ReelBlend Podcast. “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.”
How Tony Stark’s dying scene got here to be
So as to get the model of Tony Stark’s dying that followers noticed in Avengers: Endgame, Downey Jr. and the Russo Brothers recorded a number of takes.
“When we were putting together the end of the movie, when we shot Tony’s last moment in the first round, we shot a bunch of different options. Robert had different ideas…We give him space to do that. Joe and Anthony are great about improv,” mentioned Avengers: Endgame editor Jeff Ford in an interview with Collider.
He continued, “Some of them were jokes. Some of them were obscenities. Some of them were completely emotional, raw, insane things that he was doing. And then some of them were combinations of all three of those things. What we found as we were cutting the scene wasn’t so much that we needed a special last line for Robert, but that we needed a moment between Thanos and Tony. A moment that wasn’t some kind of transaction, but literally ‘this is how I want it to be’ and ‘this is how it is.’ That would give the audience that moment. The exchange where Thanos says ‘I am inevitable’ and Tony says ‘I am Iron Man,’ that couplet is what makes that work.”