Iron man’s death was the biggest emotional shock in the entire MCU (so far), as Robert Downey Jr. became the man to make the sacrifice and threw himself under the bus to save the universe.
It has been reported that the actor has a different idea for his final line. Instead of “and I… am… Iron Man”, Robert Downey Jr. Had something else in mind. It wouldn’t be wrong to call it a catchphrase either.
What Was RDJ’s Original Idea?
Downey Jr., during the 2019 People’s Choice Award, admitted that he originally wanted to say “oh, snap!” before snapping Thanos and his army away for good. It’s a shame that the sly one-liner was sidelined when Endgame editor Jeffrey Ford proposed something a little more poetic. Something that would be reminiscent of the very beginning of the MCU.
Here’s what the co-director Joe Russo has to say about that exact moment:
“Tony used not to say anything at that moment. And we were in the editing room going, ‘He has to say something. This a character who has lived and died by quips.’ And we just couldn’t, we tried a million different last lines. Thanos was saying, ‘I am inevitable.’ And our editor Jeff Ford, who’s been with us all four movies and is an amazing storyteller, said, ‘Why don’t we just go full circle with it and say I am Iron Man?’ And we’re like, ‘Get the cameras! We have to shoot this tomorrow.’”
On script, “oh, snap!” would’ve been a very Tony Stark thing to say. It is only too obvious that it would’ve disappointed the whip-smart inventor.
Avengers: Endgame ended the way it should have, and we have no regrets. Endgame (and other MCU movies) will be available to stream via Disney+ at launch.