Black Widow writer Eric Pearson revealed an early version of the Marvel film’s script featured Robert Downey Jr’s Tony Stark.
Before Black Widow eventually found its way to theaters and Disney Plus, there were rumors that the film was going to feature Robert Downey Jr’s Tony Stark in a deleted scene from Captain America: Civil War. On ComicBook.com’s Phase Zero podcast, Black Widow writer Eric Pearson confirmed that was the case very early on:
“I do remember now that one version of the script, prior to me, literally had written into it the end moment of Civil War with Tony and Natasha, ‘I’m not the one who needs to watch their back.’ But it was old footage. It would’ve been ‘Hey audience, remember where we are, we’re going to key off this moment of her.’ So, it wouldn’t have been Robert Downey, at least, to the best of my knowledge. That’s the only time I saw Tony Stark’s name in it, and it was just kind of a flag-planted reminder, like ‘Hey we’re right at the end of Civil War.'”
Eric Pearson also looked back on when the rumors of Tony Stark in Black Widow first came out:
“I remember when those rumors came out, I was in London in our war room office, and I just looked around and was like ‘Are we- Am I supposed to be- I have the script right here and Tony Stark is not in it.’ I don’t know where it came from unless someone got a very old version where this kind of scene, which wasn’t even a new scene. I don’t know where it came from.”
— Phase Zero – MCU (@PhaseZeroCB) July 14, 2021
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Here is the synopsis for Black Widow:
In Marvel Studios’ action-packed spy thriller “Black Widow,” Natasha Romanoff aka Black Widow confronts the darker parts of her ledger when a dangerous conspiracy with ties to her past arises. Pursued by a force that will stop at nothing to bring her down, Natasha must deal with her history as a spy and the broken relationships left in her wake long before she became an Avenger.
Directed by Cate Shortland from a script written by Eric Pearson based on a story by Jac Schaeffer and Ned Benson, the Marvel film stars Scarlett Johansson, Florence Pugh, David Harbour, O-T Fagbenle, Ray Winstone, Olivier Richters, and Rachel Weisz.
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Source: Phase Zero