To say Robert Downey Jr. bowed out of the MCU in style would be a colossal understatement.
He played a monumental part of bringing to a close a franchise he played such a huge part in building.
Tony Stark has been a firm-favourite among Marvel fans since his first appearance as Iron Man way back in 2008 – but Endgame was certainly one of his highlights.
At the beginning of the film, we see Stark finally return to earth, unsurprisingly he’s pretty delirious, malnourished and not his usual self.
During this time we see him confront Steve Rogers, who tries to encourage Tony to help with a plan to bring everyone back. Only Tony isn’t sold on the idea and in his state he gets angry with Rogers, labelling him a liar.
After not seeing each other since their confrontation in Civil War, it’s understandable that Tony may be a little peeved with the Cap, citing his promise of “losing together” a reference made in Age of Ultron, before branding him a liar for saying so.
The scene stands out as it’s probably the most vulnerable we had ever seen Iron Man by this point, a character who is usually so self-assured and composed.
Turns out that was thanks to a wonderful bit of improvisation from the actor.
“I think that was one of Downey’s most inspired performance moments in the movie. He very much reverts to, this is the guy who felt forsaken by his father – you can see his intimacy and trust issues in that moment when he turns on Cap. Downey performed the scene with a lot of energy. We didn’t do it many times, because he was expending himself so, so much. He understood it very well.” Anthony Russo told Empire.
Robert Downey Jr. was also responsible for bringing in the heart-wrenching “I love you 3,000 line”
Turns out it actually came from him relaying a story about one of his children telling him the same thing. Understandably the directors thought the line was endearing and went on to include it in the script.