Jon Fanvreau Reportedly Fought for Iron Man in ‘Avengers: Endgame’
It was one of the most devastating scenes in the history of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, and it could’ve potentially never happened, as Jon Favreau reportedly fought for Iron Man to survive the events of Avengers: Endgame.
There are few moments that truly changed or altered the course of the MCU forever, and what is probably chief among them, is the tragic death of Tony Stark at the conclusion of the massive Avengers: Endgame.
Easily a moment that is burned into the brain of every fan of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, it was the culmination of Tony Starks entire MCU arc; one that saw him transform from a narcissistic billionaire to a hero that didn’t blink at the obligations of his role.
The Russo Brothers orchestrated a genius parting of ways between Robert Downey Jr’s seminal character, and the universe that forever moves forward, but it has been revealed that the decision was almost not made; had a certain someone been in the director’s seat instead.
According to the directing duo, they got major push back from one person that is perhaps closer to the character of Tony Stark than anyone not nicknamed RDJ; as Jon Favreau reportedly fought for Iron Man to survive Avengers: Endgame.
In an interview with Vanity Fair, the Russo Brothers recounted his opposition, with Joe stating, “I dunno if we’ve told this story in its entirety… It’s probably the most pressure we’ve ever had in, trying to come up with a line with Markus, and McFeely in any of these movies. You do not want to f–K up Tony Stark’s last line.”
Anthony added, “Part of the pressure came from Jon Favreau, who called us up after he read the script… and said to us, ‘are you really going to kill Iron Man?'”
Joe then added, “He did. Yeah. And I remember pacing on the corner of a stage on the phone with Favreau trying to talk him off a ledge. ‘Cause he’s like, ‘You can’t do this. It’s gonna devastate people and you don’t want them you know, walking out of the theater and into traffic.’ We did it anyways.'”
Anthony concluded by noting that the duo, “Would’ve had the same reaction if somebody had dropped that,” and respected where Favreau was coming from after learning of the news.