Robert Downey Jr. Pens A Heartfelt Afterward In New Marvel Cinematic Universe Book

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Robert Downey Jr pens heartfelt afterward for a new book, The Story of Marvel Studios: The Making of the Marvel Cinematic Universe where he praises those involved in the films.

Earlier this month a massive book was released known as The Story of Marvel Studios: The Making of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, which details the sweat and hard work that went into the mega movie franchise. This included the reveal that Marvel originally met with Robert Downey Jr to play Doctor Doom and a definitive answer on whether or not certain television shows were considered cannon in the MCU. In a bit that should not surprise anyone, Robert Downey Jr had the final word in the book itself.

In the Marvel Cinematic Universe, Robert Downy Jr first appeared as Tony Stark in Iron Man back in 2008 and was arguably the reason why the shared movie universe ever got its first foot off the ground. He would go on to portray the character many times throughout the MCU for the next eleven years before his final performance in Avengers: Endgame where the character died fighting Thanos. In this new book, the actor talks at length about his co-stars and the people behind them praising them all for making the early films work:

“Lee and Kirby dreamt it up and fleshed it out, sorta. Ziskin, Raimi, and Maguire, brought it to life, pretty much. Then Favreau got Feige, Arad, and D’Esposito sold on the idea of me as Tony. Lest we forget, I was hardly a shoo-in for the role, let alone first choice. Over forty, not very tall, dark, or handsome — hell, if I’d even been sober that long. Gosh darn miracle of oversight, to be honest.

Jon then created a culture that invited inspirations via a nebulous web of soul-baring discussions, ribald humor, frailty, neurotic, noodling, and flat out punch-drunk giddiness.”

Later on, Robert Downey Jr talked about his co-stars and what a risk it was:

When Thor, then Cap, came out hale and hearty, this Avengers thing seemed inevitable. But wait, three separate heroes, tones, and influences — how could they all be wrangled into a worktable fourth dimension? I suppose the answer was obvious, in hindsight? Add Johansson, Renner, and Ruffalo to the mix, and apply a liberal dose of Whedon. To date, it was the biggest crapshoot trifecta ever attempted. Okay, that worked, too…what next? Wash, rinse, repeat…the longest relay race of like-minded creatives in the history of cinema.

Robert Downey Jr then went on to praise the people behind the film and the fans for making it all work:

“Any credit I’m due is shared with my directors John, Shane, Joss, Anthony, and Joe, who have kept Tony evolving enough to hold my interest for over a decade

Feige is the What, which loosely translates to galvanizer, bloodhound, shaman, Oz, you name it; however, like most ‘what’s, it’s a three-headed hydra,” Downey wrote, presumably missing the irony of the HYDRA metaphor. “Alsonso and D’Esposito are interchangeable with Kevin, depending on the severity of the physical challenge of production, or the indescribably taxing job of rendering VFX to the deafening drum of deadlines.

The Who, is YOU. If you made it to the ‘end credits’ of this anniversary edition, you’re likely a fan, so there’s your Easter egg, darlings…a mirror!

I hope these films have evoked a dialogue on equality, justice, freedom, embracing diversity, and combating intolerance with the power of partnership, sacrifice, and love.”

Robert Downey Jr’s Iron Man was last seen in Avengers: Endgame. Here is the official plot synopsis for the Marvel Studios film:

The grave course of events set in motion by Thanos that wiped out half the universe and fractured the Avengers ranks compels the remaining Avengers to take one final stand in Marvel Studios’ grand conclusion to twenty-two films, “Avengers: Endgame.”

Directed by Anthony and Joe Russo, Avengers: Endgame stars Robert Downey Jr., Chris Evans, Mark Ruffalo, Chris Hemsworth, Scarlett Johansson, Jeremy Renner, Don Cheadle, Paul Rudd, Brie Larson, Karen Gillan, Danai Gurira, Benedict Wong, Jon Favreau, Bradley Cooper, Gwyneth Paltrow, and Josh Brolin.

Avengers: Endgame is available on Digital HD, 4K Ultra HD, Blu-ray, DVD, and streaming on Disney Plus. Stay tuned for all the latest news surrounding the future of the MCU and be sure to subscribe to Heroic Hollywood’s YouTube channel for more original video content.

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Trey Griffeth

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