Warning: This note contains Avengers: Endgame SPOILERS.
Robert Downey Jr. tested several versions of Tony Stark's death scene in Avengers: Endgame, according to movie editor Jeffrey Ford.
"When we were preparing the end of the movie, when we filmed Tony's last moment in the first round, we recorded a lot of different options. Robert had different ideas," Ford told the Collider site. "We filmed a series of different performances for that last moment. Some of them were pretty crazy. Some of them we would never have used."RELATED
Ford credits directors Joe and Anthony Russo for giving Downey, whom he calls "an intuitive actor" who likes to explore while the camera is working in case he finds something that works, for giving space to the Iron star Man to find this crucial moment in Tony's arc.
The editor continued to describe what some of these alternative shots of Tony Stark's death scene were like: "Some of them were jokes. Some of them were obscenities. Some of them were completely emotional, raw and crazy things I was doing. And then some of them were combinations of the three things. "
Ford said the decision to follow the "I am Iron Man" line was because the film needed to recognize how momentous it was for Stark to stop Thanos's apparent inevitability.
"The exchange where Thanos says 'I am inevitable' and Tony says 'I am Iron Man', that couple is what makes that work," Ford explained. "When we found Thanos's line, he took us to Tony's line. We found Thanos's line as part of a structure in the script, he says that line three times in the movie. At first, before his head was cut off, in the middle you hear it said again, and then at the end. That symmetry is also the reason why it is interesting, that was a discovery while we were editing. "