The performance of Robert Downey Jr. as Tony Stark was instrumental in the success of the first film of the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU), “Iron Man”.
Ten years after the premiere, the president of Marvel Studios, Kevin Feige in an interview with Deadline narrated details of the end of the award-winning film. He assured that the actor, nominated twice for the Oscars and winner of two Golden Globes and a BAFTA, improvised the final.
In the last scene of the film of Stan Lee, Tony Stark, in a press conference he had to explain the events that took place in his company to put an end to all controversy. To achieve his goals he had created an alibi designed by the Shield team and supervised by agent Coulson. However, faced with so many questions, he decides to give an answer that leaves everyone surprised: “I am Iron Man”.
Feige assured that such a revelation was not in the script, however it enchanted Jon Favreau (director of Iron Man). For that reason they repeated the take with that alternative ending, knowing that, probably, it would be cut in the editing room, but it never happened.
The film was aired with the impromptu ending of Robert Downey Jr. and the fans loved the revelation of Tony Stark.
“That success inspired us to rely completely on ourselves to find a balance between staying true to the comics and making our own changes and evolutions of the original stories,” said Kevin Feige.
As it is known, at the end of 2006, Downey Jr. was selected to take on the leading role of millionaire weapons inventor Tony Stark, in Iron Man, a film version of the Marvel comic book of the same name.
Directed by Jon Favreau, “Iron Man” was the first film self-financed by Marvel, as a film studio. The film had an estimated budget of 140 million dollars.