#5 WHO’S IDEA WAS THAT END CREDIT SCENE?
Without a doubt, one of the most memorable things about the first Iron Man film was the post-credits scene that teased the larger universe that was to come. With that brief sequence, Marvel teased something that had never been done before in major motion pictures, but where did it all start?
According to the film’s director, Jon Favreau, it was originally meant to be just something fun for the audience. “We wanted something for the fans.,” Favreau said to EW. “Nick Fury from the Ultimates — which is a new series of books that sort of reconceives the tradition of Marvel characters — he was always depicted to resemble Samuel L. Jackson. And so I turned to [Marvel Studios President] Kevin Feige and said, ”You know what would blow their minds? Should we so this?” Kevin was like, ”Let’s try.” And then we actually pulled it together.”
Three pages of dialogue were written for the scene by none other than Marvel comics scribe Brian Michael Bendis. From there the best dialogue was chosen and filmed on a secret day with a “skeleton crew” to preserve the secrecy, but even that couldn’t stop the internet movie community.
“Somehow it slipped…. It was Kevin’s idea to cut [the scene] off all preview prints. And so the fan boys who would interview me [before the movie opened] would be like, ”What happened? Did you cut it out? Is it going to be on the DVD?” I was like, ”Look, it’s only fun if it’s a surprise.” Then we slapped it right back on the print for the premiere, so the first people to see it in theaters actually got to see it for the first time.”