In the snap heard around the globe, Tony Stark defeated Thanos and his army while saying a simple sentence: “I am Iron Man.” Fans went crazy when that happened in the movie but now Robert Downey has revealed that it wasn’t his original choice for the epic scene. As he opened the 2019 People’s Choice Awards, Downey shared that he really hoped that his character would say “Oh snap!” as he dusted his foes away. Read further for more details!
The line that ended up making it into the final version of the movie was initially thought up by Endgame editor Jeffrey Ford. According to director Joe Russo, Ford got here up with it on the editing room and the team scrambled to reassemble so they could film that moment.
“Tony used to not say anything in that moment. And we were in the editing room going, ‘He has to say something. This a character who has lived and died by quips,’” Joe stated in a Q&A recently.
“And we just couldn’t, we tried a million different last lines. Thanos was saying, ‘I am inevitable.’ And our editor Jeff Ford, who’s been with us all four movies and is an amazing storyteller, said, ‘Why don’t we just go full circle with it and say I am Iron Man?’ And we’re like, ‘Get the cameras! We have to shoot this tomorrow.’”
Downey’s co-star Tom Holland had beforehand revealed a lot about the epic scene and that’s why it needed to be improvised as Marvel Studios did not wish to put it into the script. “It was interesting because when we shot that scene with Robert there was no real script, at all,” Holland says.
“It was just Kevin Feige, the two Russo Brothers, myself, Robert Downey Jr., Gwyneth Paltrow, and Don Cheadle. They kind of brought us to set, they kind of told us what was going to happen, or what they wanted to happen, and then we sort of just improvised if I can remember correctly,” the actor said.
Avengers: Endgame can now be streamed on Disney+.