Avengers: Endgame directors explain the secret to Robert Downey Jr's Iron Man success
Iron Man, released in 2008, was the catalyst for the success of the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
While he was a controversial choice for the role of Tony Stark at the time, Robert Downey Jr.'s performance as the "genius billionaire playboy philanthropist" proved hugely popular which is why the actor returned for two sequels as well as numerous Avengers movies.
Downey Jr. played Tony in the MCU for over a decade, with his last appearance coming in Avengers: Endgame, which was directed by Anthony and Joe Russo.
The pair believe that the key to the actor's success in the role of Iron Man is down to his spontaneity.
“He was known for throwing the plan out the window and climbing on top of the couch and whatever, sort of going off-book,” Joe told Vanity Fair. “He does this because he likes to surprise himself. He likes to keep things fresh. He lights up for that.”
Anthony added: “There's no other way that he could have played that character for 10 movies unless he was doing that. Robert has certainly lived a complicated life. He understands the stakes, he understands loss, he understands the turns life can take between ups and downs. He’s always looking for that level of depth, that level of complexity. I think he knows that’s what we all come to movies for in the first place.”
Robert Downey Jr. not returning as Iron Man
Marvel has been struggling to recapture the magic they found with the original Avengers team of Iron Man, Black Widow, Captain America, Thor, Hulk and Hawkeye.
And, according to Variety, one plan the studio previously had was to revive Iron Man and Black Widow in the MCU.
But, Marvel executive Kevin Feige has insisted there are no plans to bring Tony back after his death in Endgame.
“We are going to keep that moment and not touch that moment again,” Feige said.
“We all worked very hard for many years to get to that, and we would never want to magically undo it in any way.”
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