With out Robert Downey Jr., it’s virtually unattainable to think about the Marvel Cinematic Universe reaching the identical stage of success because it achieved in its prime. Arguably, the lack of Downey Jr. after Tony Stark’s loss of life in Endgame can partly clarify the downturn within the franchise’s fortunes. It’s this huge affect, and his reputation within the position, that allowed the Iron Man star to make a requirement on set which left his co-stars uncomfortably chilly.
Journalist Joanna Robinson, alongside her co-authors Dave Gonzales and Gavin Edwards, has chronicled the story of the MCU from its inception to the fashionable day because it’s transitioned from making the most effective superhero motion pictures round to struggling to search out path. All the things’s contained of their not too long ago launched e-book MCU: The Reign of Marvel Studios, and whereas selling it Robinson spoke to The Watch podcast and revealed that Downey Jr. retains the temperature on set “ice chilly” forcing everybody else to “layer up”.
Requested in regards to the ‘vibe’ on a Marvel set, which she visited in 2017 throughout the making of Endgame, Robinson mentioned, “The vibe is attention-grabbing… it’s ice chilly within the studio as a result of that’s how Robert Downey Jr. likes it. So everybody else needed to layer up, as a result of Robert Downey Jr. likes issues at a sure diploma.”
Sharing extra of her observations from her expertise, she continued, “Between takes everybody hangs out in a single spot. So you may simply see Scarlett Johansson, Chris Evans, Mark Ruffalo, Chris Hemsworth, [Jeremy] Renner are all type of sitting round, taking part in video games, and speaking to one another.” In the meantime, the Iron Man solid‘s main man is “off in his personal world,” and he even “has his personal trailer contained in the studio.”
As presumably the only most necessary particular person to the general success of the mega-franchise (Stan Lee and Kevin Feige apart) it’s completely comprehensible that the circumstances throughout filming are adjusted to Downey Jr.’s tastes. His general significance is confirmed by the truth that, for Endgame, Downey Jr. was the highest-paid actor, incomes each an upfront wage and a proportion of the general field workplace determine, resulting in a complete payday of $75 million, in accordance with a report by Forbes.
However put the cash and every thing else to at least one aspect for a second: try to think about one other actor as Captain America, or Hulk, or Black Widow, or Spider-Man, or Ant-Man. It’s not simple, per se, nevertheless it’s doable (particularly so within the case of webslinger, as a result of there have been three of them in latest reminiscence). What’s semi-impossible is trying to image some other actor within the position of Tony Stark pulling it off fairly as completely as Downey Jr. who nailed the most effective Marvel character‘s mixture of genius, vanity, frustration, and charisma.
In the event you’re rewatching the Marvel motion pictures so as, any movie that has Iron Man present up is robotically a spotlight, and he’s practically all the time the best facet of even the most effective motion pictures within the collection. He was completely integral to Marvel: if he needs issues chilly, that’s tremendous.
The upcoming Marvel motion pictures are nonetheless looking for a brand new character to exchange Iron Man’s presence, with the imprecise sense that both Benedict Cumberbatch’s Physician Unusual or Paul Rudd’s Ant-Man might finally fill the sneakers. However, even their time appears to be drawing to an in depth, leaving the multiversal way forward for the franchise’s new motion pictures feeling as unsure because it’s ever been.
For extra Marvel magic, try our information to The Marvels and see the way it matches into Section 5. Or, study in regards to the newest replace to Deadpool 3 and see why Feige’s contemplating a mega-reboot with Secret Wars.