In a recent interview, Feige revealed the specifics of Downey’s potential MCU comeback as Tony Stark.
Robert Downey Jr.’s Iron Man chapter is officially closed, according to Kevin Feige. The head of Marvel Studios gave an update to fans hoping for Tony Stark’s return in a recent Vanity Fair piece on the actor. After the legendary character’s demise in 2019’s Avengers: Endgame, Downey has not been back to play the part.
Feige told the site, “We’re preserving that moment and won’t revisit it,” in response to a query concerning Downey’s possible comeback to the Marvel Cinematic Universe. “We dedicated years of hard work to reach that point, and we wouldn’t want to undermine it in any way,” Feige said.
The actors and crew of the 2019 movie said “tearful goodbyes” on the final day of filming, according to Endgame director Joe Russo, who spoke with the site. By then, everyone had emotionally moved on, according to Russo. “We assured [Downey] it would be the ultimate time we’d make him do it — never again,” he repeated.
Joe Russo’s brother and co-director Anthony Russo revealed that Robert Downey Jr. faced a difficult time. to take a closer look at his part and say his part as Tony Stark. Anthony described the moving coincidence that happened during the shoot: Downey’s original audition location for the Tony Stark role was right across from the stage where they were filming. He brought attention to the moment’s emotional relevance, capturing Downey’s last words only a few hundred feet from the location where he originally landed the iconic role during his audition.
Feige also disclosed the early misgivings of Marvel Entertainment officials regarding Downey’s choice to play Stark in the 2008 film Iron Man.”The Marvel board initially hesitated, primarily due to concerns about placing such significant bets on an actor with a well-known history of legal troubles,” Feige said.
A fortunate turn of events befell both Feige and Downey, with the actor going on to play Stark in ten different films between 2008 and 2019. Interestingly, three of these movies have ranked in the top ten highest-grossing motion pictures of all time.
Iron Man director Jon Favreau teamed up with Feige in May to celebrate the 15 years since Robert Downey Jr. made his debut wearing the recognizable metal suit. Favreau reflected during their talk about the movie’s lasting impact, saying, “I remember sitting down with the guy, and I was like, ‘He’s got that spark in him in his eye and he’s ready.”
Highlighting Downey’s comprehension of the character’s voice, Favreau continued, making the director’s job “easier.” Favreau claims that as news got out about the initiative, interest in it grew and more people decided to join.