(Warning: There are spoilers ahead for Avengers: Endgame!)
Avengers: Endgame is a huge film that concludes more than 11 years of story in just over three hours. But it’s a tough one for some fans to endure, mainly due to the departure of certain characters. This includes Robert Downey Jr.’s Tony Stark/Iron Man. Co-director Anthony Russo recently spoke with The Hollywood Reporter about how he and his brother, Joe Russo, broached the subject with Downey.
“We did pitch Robert his arc, because he kicked off the entire MCU,” said Russo. “The Tony Stark arc is the longest and perhaps fullest in the MCU. Once we decided we wanted this kind of ending for the character, we certainly wanted to make sure Robert was comfortable with it, just because of his enormous contribution to the MCU. We did pitch it out. We went over to meet with him and we pitched it out to him.”
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“A lot of the actors are not opinionated about what we do,” added Russo. “They like the fact that we are sort of in control of these stories and we are driving where they should go and we have a vision for where they should go and they trust in that. I think Downey may have had mixed emotions about thinking about [where Tony Stark ends up in Endgame], but I think at the end of the day, he totally accepted it.”
It’s a worthy end for a great character. But don’t feel too bad about Downey – he got a huge haul from Infinity War alone. He’ll take home a lot more after Endgame finishes up later this summer.
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