Being the highest-grossing movie of all time, for now, Avengers: Endgame is getting digitally released worldwide to make more cash for the studios. In a recent interview with Empire magazine, Kevin Feige had a chance to speak out about Tony Stark’s death and the whole idea behind it. Kevin Feige revealed the first time he told Robert Downey Jr about Tony Stark’s death.
I remember pitching that to Robert Downey Jr. probably in December of 2015, I think,” Feige said. “I pitched him the idea of the two-part finale for Avengers and Spider-Man: Homecoming, which was a part of that leading into it. It took a little while, but eventually, it came together. I think at first it doesn’t seem real that this journey will come to an end. But as it got closer to filming, it really was emotional for all of us, and particularly for him.
10 years of RDJ’s life was dedicated to being Iron Man and it all came to an end, it would definitely be emotional. Back then in 2015, which was a long time ago from the release of Endgame, the story and all the plans for the ending of Infinity Saga was not yet architectured. Robert’s role in Captain America: Civil War and Spider-Man: Homecoming made him his connection with the fans more strong and emotional. Now after everything that we witnessed, we know why the Marvel Cinematic Universe began with Iron Man.
Surprisingly ‘I am Iron Man’ was a last-minute addition to the movie. Joe and Anthony Russo said that they had to convince Robert Downey Jr to come back to shoot the part after the whole filming is done. Joe Russo said,
What we always traditionally do is, we have friends and family screenings. We collect our ideas and go back and try to do very targeted reshoots…The last thing that we got was Robert saying, ‘I am Iron Man,’ and snapping his fingers. That was the very last shot on the last day. What’s interesting about this story is we’re in the editing room for months with that scene. We were like, ‘How do you give Tony Stark a last line that has any resonance?’ We tried a few thing sands they just weren’t working. They felt flat to us…We’re sitting in editorial with our editor Jeff Ford…he said, ‘What if he says, ‘I am Iron Man in response to I am inevitable?’ If felt like it was written that way.
Here’s a trivia fact, the final shot of the movie was filmed a few hundred feet away from where Robert auditioned for his role, Iron Man. Apart from revealing the first time he told Robert Downey Jr about Tony Stark’s death, Feige even said,
Robert Downey Jr.’s final shot that he filmed for Avengers: Endgame (that snap) was filmed at the same studio location that he first auditioned as Tony Stark.