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Downey Jr. Did Not Want To Say His Final Line In Endgame


Robert Downey Jr.’s Iron Man went through
a profound journey in Avengers: Endgame and delivered an unforgettable line that was a
touching callback to the very beginning of the Marvel movie franchise. As it turns out, that iconic moment almost
never happened… because Downey Jr. reportedly didn’t want to say Tony Stark’s last major
line. Even though co-directors Joe and Anthony Russo
lifted the ban on spoilers for Avengers: Endgame, we’re offering you one last warning: Major
spoilers ahead! And now for the juicy details. During a recent appearance on CinemaBlend’s
ReelBlend podcast, the Russo brothers opened up about Tony’s final scene in Avengers: Endgame. As you might recall, the hero equipped his
own suit with the Infinity Stones, snapped his fingers, and promptly turned Thanos and
his minions into space dust. Right before Tony mirrored Thanos’ Decimation
from Infinity War, the Mad Titan was clearly convinced that he had the upper hand, proudly
proclaiming: “I am inevitable.” But in a move displaying all the dry, cool,
wit that makes Tony who he is – he flashed his hand to show Thanos he had the Infinity
Stones – and then he said it: “I am Iron Man.” Of course, the line is a callback to the end
of 2008’s Iron Man. “I am Iron Man.” Sadly, the Snap takes a toll on Tony’s body,
and he dies shortly after that. He manages to speak a few more words before
passing away… and then we get to hear him one more time in a heartwarming message that
he recorded prior to his death. But Tony’s last big line is this proud assertion
of his heroism. But hold everything. As Joe and Anthony Russo tell it, Tony originally
didn’t say those words at all. In fact, he originally didn’t say anything
in that moment. An early cut of the film simply had Tony snap
his fingers, and that was that. Enter Avengers: Endgame editor Jeff Ford,
who pitched the idea of having Tony say: “I am Iron Man.” Once they heard the concept, the Russo brothers
knew they had to reshoot the scene with that line included. But apparently Downey Jr. was initially uneasy
with the idea. It took some convincing before he finally
agreed to do a reshoot. As Joe Russo revealed: “I had dinner with him 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.'” Joe Russo goes on to explain that producer
Joel Silver is a close personal pal of Downey Jr.’s, and he just so happened to be eating
with them. According to Joe, Silver enthusiastically
blurted out: “‘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!'” Once Downey Jr. was on board, the crew reportedly
headed back to the studio to reshoot the scene. As we said before, the newly-added line served
as a touching nod to the very beginning of the MCU. But the whole reshooting process turned out
to be a callback to Downey Jr.’s humble beginnings as Iron Man. As Anthony Russo explains: “The stage that we shot that shot on was adjacent
to the stage where Robert Downey Jr. screen tested for Iron Man.” Well… if that doesn’t give you chills, we
don’t know what will. Downey Jr. might have been wary about stepping
back into character for the powerful scene, but we’re so glad he ultimately came around. The final line he shot is easily one of the
most memorable moments in the entire film. And, as many fans can attest, Avengers: Endgame
just wouldn’t have been the same without Tony Stark going out with a bang… and a biting
remark. That’s sort of his calling card, you know? Check out one of our newest videos right here. Plus, even more exclusive Looper videos about
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Reader Comments

  1. If i hadnt seen endgame yesterday, i would be severely pissed off at youtube recommended for sending me a fucking notification of this video that spoils endgame in the title even though im not subscribed to looper and hate them as a channel. What a shambles

  2. Thor is the reason why iron man is dead πŸ€·β€β™‚οΈif he went for the head the first time

  3. Conclusion: Iron Man originally didn’t want to say β€œI am Iron man.” , but then agreed to do it.

    I should be the writer for Looper, geez.

  4. People are d d d if they think he's not coming back. 1 its a marvel comic book movie, people die and come back all the time(see gamora) and 2

  5. Yall realize hes gonna be back wether it's an alternative timeline, or alternative universe… right?

  6. Ironman: I’m iron man
    Groot: I am groot
    Steve Rogers: I am Steve Rogers
    Thanos:I am enevitible
    Iron man: I. AM. IRON MAN.

  7. Damn I'm still crying everytime someone says his name. I just can't accept the fact, that end game will be their final movie with him…

    It's never Going to be the same without him…

  8. * Tony Snaps *

    Morgan Stark:"Did You Do It?"
    Tony Stark:"Yes"

    Morgan Stark:"What Did It Cost?"
    Tony:"3000"

  9. It wasn’t a call back to iron man 2 it was comedic because Thanos said β€œI am Inevitable,” then he said I am iron man

  10. Thanos should have said β€žYou should have gone for the ballsβ€œ
    But thats to much, even for a guy who killed the half universe

  11. And i agree…
    I would have been cringy…but it was too epic.
    It wasnt even a memorable line, it stayed in that Ironman movie.

  12. well come on now, the man had to put all that emotional effort into an ending, this was his greatest role ever its what every knows and is going to know him for, if he thought he did that that last scene perfectly, can you imagine how he would feel to have to change it. worrying it might not be as good as the first time. however im so glad he did it because oh that line was bad ass!

  13. What?all that money you made and you can't come in for a reshoot cause its to emotional?rick from starbucks went in on his day off to work and he only got time and a half on eleven dollars without complaining.

  14. This movie changed my life, the last time I’ll ever see a movie like this in a long time.. maybe decades to come.

  15. You are the voice actor of jessy in minecraft story mode was releastic by smashbits studio and gameranx.

  16. Just as a reminder that RDJ improvised his " I am Iron Man " line meaning , willingly . And refuse to say that line again in Endgame .

    God I am depressed

  17. Someone in my theater said it before iron man and everyone started cheering once iron man said it

    FYI it was the greatest 3hours and 1min of my life

  18. From "I dont feel so good" to " I am iron" as the most remembered death scenes. Shit hits me DEEP

  19. @looper No because the point was he sacrificed himself to save everyone else. So for him to come back would make that whole meaning pointless.

  20. I think that the avengers are gonna go back to get the infinity stones and get back tony gamora and black widow

  21. So many extra unnecessary words words words in this video….
    There had to be a reshoot.
    Tony was initially reluctant to mentally get himself back into that emotional state for the reshoot.
    Click and bait.

  22. Can someone explain to me why did actually Tony die? I mean he had all the infinity stones and all of a sudden why?????? I just can't understand plz someone tell me

  23. Im gonna go ahead an say this, even though I wish with everything in me it wasn't true. RDJ is done with iron man.. iron man is gone. I hate it. But it's true. I'll miss that character forever. But he's always gonna be iron man

  24. They had such a GOLDEN opportunity here: he should've said "AND I AM AN AVENGER. BECAUSE THAT IS WHAT I DO. I AVENGE. *SNAP*". But nooo……

  25. But when he's about to die he says "ok" to pepper when she tells him to rest.

    He didn't want to say ok.

  26. Imagine tony being the new cameo like Stan Lee. Of course he can't replace stan lee. but he did piloted the MCU to new heights.

  27. I kind of agree, it didn't make any sense…except for the nostalgia, the line doesn't feel natural at all for me !

  28. I wonder why they didn’t bring Iron Man back to life kinda like vision was brought back. They already had all the infinity stones

  29. What would happen if doctor strange says tony stark will die because doctor strange said it won’t happen if he says it

  30. When did iron man get a haircut because when their going to the past his hair is short yeet he's not dead

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  32. Iron man: I am iron man
    Batman: I am Batman
    Cap: I am captain America
    Stan Lee: I am Stan lee
    Hulk (endgame): hi, I’m hulk
    Hulk (young): HULK SMASH
    groot: i am groot
    Star lord: I am star lord, the captain
    Rocket: I am rocket racoon, AND IM NOT A RABBIT

    Deadpool: I can do a 4th wall break inside of a 4th wall break
    Deadpool: I am Batman
    Deadpool: I am dead man iron man
    Deadpool: am I good or bad?
    Deadpool: I’m red normal sized hulk
    Deadpool: I am inevitable
    Deadpool: I am invincible
    Deadpool: OW THAT WAS MA (12+ warning) DICK
    Deadpool: I… am…. deadpool

  33. I was so scared it would be something lame, but I loved it! Tony was mocking Thanos while defining himself as a humble hero.

  34. Title: Downey Jr. Did Not Want To Say His Final Line In Endgame

    Content: Downey Jr. Did not want to revisit a scene within which he had to put himself in a disheveled emotional state, and it had nothing to do with the line itself.

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