Robert Downey Jr. ‘Instinctively’ Knew One Thing Had to Happen in Iron Man’s ‘Avengers: Endgame’ Final Scene

Robert Downey Jr., who has played Tony Stark/Iron Man since 2008, “instinctively” knew what needed to happen in his character’s final scene in Avengers: Endgame. Keep reading to learn what the actor insisted Iron Man do. Beware there are spoiler alerts ahead for those who have yet to watch Avengers: Endgame

Downey Jr. began the Avengers franchise (learn the order of every Avengers movies, here) more than a decade ago when he put on a red suit and went from Tony Stark to Iron Man opposite the Marvel Cinematic Universe’s own version of His Girl Friday, Gwyneth Paltrow’s character Pepper Potts, a dedicated and resourceful personal assistant known for going above and beyond the call of duty.

We know Downey Jr. almost didn’t land the role. According to Mental Floss, director Jon Favreau pushed for the actor to play Tony Stark/Iron Man and ultimately won out over those at Marvel Studios who “actively rooted against casting” the now 54-year-old in the role because of his history with substance abuse and arrest record.

Robert Downey Jr.
Robert Downey Jr. attends the premiere of Columbia Pictures’ Spider-Man: Homecoming at TCL Chinese Theatre on June 28, 2017, in Hollywood, California. | Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty Images

Thankfully, the studio agreed to cast Downey Jr. in the role after rejecting him for the part multiple times. Now, Iron Man is part of the larger Avengers series of films that have become the “biggest franchise in film history,” Favreau said in an interview.

What Robert Downey Jr. ‘instinctively’ knew had to happen in Iron Man’s final ‘Avengers: Endgame’ scene

Get ready for a major spoiler. 

Downey Jr.’s Tony Stark/Iron Man died in Avengers: Endgame. The actor knew what had to happen — or rather, not happen — in his character’s final scene, Christopher Markus and Stephen McFeely, the film’s screenwriters said at San Diego Comic-Con on July 19, 2019, according to Insider.

“These actors have spent a lot of time with these characters,” McFeely said during a panel discussion. “So Chris and I are very happy, and did, to write all sorts of lovely dying words for Tony Stark. Robert is not happy to say them, right?”

Downey Jr. knew “instinctively” his character known for his quick wit, shouldn’t have many speaking parts in his death scene. 

Robert Downey Jr. and Iron Man in 2008.
Robert Downey Jr. poses by a life-size Iron Man model during a press conference in Tokyo, on September 3, 2008.| TOSHIFUMI KITAMURA/AFP/Getty Images

McFeely continued, saying “a guy who has talked and talked and talked for many, many movies, when he doesn’t talk, you are crushed.”

“He knew that, and we didn’t feel we could turn in a page where he didn’t talk,” McFeely said. “So he says, ‘Listen, I want to do much, much less,’ and he was right.”

For the story on how they came up Tony Stark/Iron Man’s last words, read this article

The character’s final words, “And I am Iron Man,” were a direct reference to the Iron Man trilogy, most notably the character’s last words in the first installment. They’re said again in Iron Man 2 and Iron Man 3 and round out the character’s story in Avengers: Endgame. Learn what may be in store for Downey Jr. in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, here. Plus, learn whether or not the actor will ever reprise his role and Tony Stark/Iron Man.