‘Avengers: Endgame’: Robert Downey Jr. Knew Fans Would Be ‘Crushed’ by Tony Stark’s Silence During His Death Scene

by Jeremy Spirogis
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In the Marvel Cinematic Universe, Tony Stark was identified for having a comeback for all the things. That is why his silence throughout his dying scene in Avengers: Endgame felt so poignant. Originally, the character was alleged to ship strains in the course of the scene, however Robert Downey Jr. knew that Tony Stark wanted to be silent in his last minutes.

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Robert Downey Jr. insisted Tony Stark keep silent

At the 2019 San Diego Comic-Con, screenwriters Christopher Markus and Stephen McFeely instructed Avengers: Endgame followers that Tony Stark’s dying scene initially had dialogue. However, Downey Jr. didn’t agree with that call.

“These actors have spent a lot of time with these characters,” McFeely stated. “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?”

Downey Jr.’s reasoning? He knew the burden of the character’s silence would depart followers “crushed.”

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McFeely stated that the actor “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. So he says, ‘Listen, I want to do much, much less,’ and he was right.”

There have been a number of variations of the character’s dying

While Tony Stark’s final line ended up being “I am Iron Man” adopted by silence, Downey Jr. filmed a number of totally different variations of the character’s last line. The actor was allowed to improvise and incorporate Tony Stark’s identified sass and wit.

In an interview with Slash Film, Avengers: Endgame editor Jeff Ford gave perception into Downey Jr.’s appearing course of.

“Robert did a ton of improvs, some of them were funny, some of them were silly, some of them were goofy. But that’s his process to find it,” Ford stated. “The Russos gave him a camera and let it run on him, and let him do a bunch of different things. So we did that and we tried a few of them.”

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While Downey Jr.’s improvisations probably match with Tony Stark’s talkative character, his last moments wanted to be emotional.

“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,” Ford stated in an interview with Collider. “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.”

Robert Downey Jr. didn’t need to say ‘I am Iron Man’

As quickly as Avengers: Endgame premiered, Tony Stark’s final line grew to become iconic. While the road appears to carry the character’s story full circle, it was not added to the film till reshoots. Because of this, Downey Jr. needed to be satisfied to come back again and ship Tony Stark’s last line.

In an interview on the ReelBlend Podcast, Avengers: Endgame director Joe Russo defined how Downey Jr. was satisfied to say “I am Iron Man.”

“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.”

While Downey Jr. took some convincing, the road was a success with followers of Avengers: Endgame and Tony Stark’s last scene went down in movie historical past.

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