Avengers: Endgame featured a ton of emotional moments, none of which were more emotional than Iron Man’s death at the end of the film. However, according to the directing duo Russo Brothers, there was some pushback on the idea of doing so.
In a new video for Vanity Fair breaking down some scenes from their film, the Russians talked about trying to find the perfect way to end Robert Downey Jr.’s run as Iron Man when they got a call from actor/director Jon Favreau , who tried to stop them from killing Iron Man.
“Part of the pressure came from Jon Favreau, who called us after he read the script and said, ‘Are you really going to kill off Iron Man?'” Anthony Russo said in the interview. Joe Russo then spoke up, confirming more of the story and recalling that he spoke to Favreau on the phone to try to “talk him off the edge.”
“He did. Yes,” Joe Russo said. “And I remember walking around the corner of a scene on the phone with Favreau trying to talk him off a ledge. Because he’s like, ‘You can’t do this. It’s going to destroy people, and you don’t want them, you know, walking out of the theater and into the traffic.’ We did it anyway.”
Of course, the final product features Iron Man sacrificing himself to save the world, and despite that hard-hitting moment, the Russians still think it was the perfect ending for the character, who essentially had two separate endings in the film due to first half of the film where he was shown with a happy family.