Robert Downey Jr. kicked off the MCU as Tony Stark in 2008 with the first Iron Man movie, opening the door to a 10 year connected film universe, spanning over 22 films.

Tony Stark’s story arc in Avengers: Endgame was the perfect pay off to over 10 years of Iron Man plot. Played by Robert Downey Jr, Iron Man sacrifices his life on the battlefield to defeat Thanos once and for all in the Marvel’s latest outing.

In an interview to CinemaBlend, directors Joe and Anthony Russo revealed that Downey Jr was initially reluctant to deliver his final line – “and I am Iron Man” – at the end of the movie.

“It’s an interesting story. I had dinner with (Robert Downey Jr.) 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. It’ll take… it’s hard.’ And crazily enough, Joel Silver, the producer, was at the dinner. He’s an old buddy of Robert’s. And Joel jumps in and he’s like, ‘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!’ So thank God that Joel Silver was at dinner, because he helped us talk Robert into doing that line,” Russo brothers told CinemBlend.

A report in www.express.co.uk states the Russo brothers telling Sirius XM, “He was very resistant, he didn’t want to come back and do it. He had thought he’d already said goodbye to the character and he had to do it one more time, so we had to talk him into it.”

Downey Jr. kicked off the MCU as Tony Stark in 2008 with the first Iron Manmovie, opening the door to a 10 year connected film universe, spanning over 22 films.

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