Hollywood director duo Anthony and Joe Russo during a recent interview stated that Jon Favreau, the director of Robert Downey Jr.’s ‘Iron Man’ didn’t want his character to die in ‘Avengers: Endgame’.
In a video interview with Vanity Fair, Russo brothers talked about some of their most memorable scenes on projects like Captain America: civil war, and their latest movie, Netflix’s the grey Man. But the duo starts their breakdown by going over Tony Stark’s final moment in Avengers: Endgame, where he reveals he’s acquired all the Infinity stones and placed them in his suit to “snap” half the universe back to life that Thanos wiped out in Avengers: Infinity War.
While Iron Man’s death stunned the whole Marvel Cinematic Universe, renowned actor/director Jon Favreau did attempt to convince Joe and Anthony Russo to not kill the popular character. “Part of the pressure came from Jon Favreau, who called us up after he read the script and said to us, ‘Are you guys going to kill Iron Man?'” Anthony Russo said.
“He did. I remember pacing on the corner of a stage on the phone with Favreau trying to speak him off a ledge,” Joe Russo added. “He’s like, You can’t do that, it’s gonna devastate people. You don’t want them walking out of the theater and into traffic,” Joe Russo said. “We did it anyway.”
“We did it anyway, and to Jon’s credit, he hadn’t stepped through the process in the way that we had,” Anthony Russo added, noting that they both “would have had the same reaction” if it hadn’t been them who directed the back-to-back team-up films of Avengers: Infinity War and Avengers: Endgame.
In the film, Tony Stark dies after sacrificing himself to save lots of Thanos from wiping out the universe. Avengers Endgame became a raging success and emerged together of the highest-earning blockbusters. At the San Diego Comic-Con, two new Avengers films were announced, among several other Marvel projects.