Endgame editor reveals alternate versions of Iron Man death scene

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Full SPOILERS ahead for Avengers: Endgame!

Robert Downey Jr. tried out several variations of Tony Stark’s death scene in Avengers: Endgame, according to film editor Jeffrey Ford.

“When we were preparing for the end of the movie, when we shot Tony’s last moment in the first round, we shot a bunch of different options. Robert had different ideas,” Ford told Collider. “We shot a bunch of different performances for that last moment. Some of them were crazy. Some of them would never have been used.”

Ford thanks directors Joe and Anthony Russo for giving Downey – whom he calls “an intuitive actor” who likes to explore while the camera rolls in case he stumbles upon something that works – for giving the star a ‘Iron Man a space to find that pivotal moment in Tony’s arc.

The editor went on to describe what some of these alternate takes from Tony Stark’s death scene looked like: “Some of them were jokes. Some of them were obscenities. Some of them were. completely emotional, raw, crazy things he was doing. And then some of them were combinations of those three things. “

Ford said the decision to go with the “I’m Iron Man” line was due to the film having to recognize how important it was for Stark to stop Thanos’ seeming inevitability.

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“The exchange where Thanos says ‘I’m inevitable’ and Tony says ‘I’m Iron Man’, that verse is what makes it work,” Ford explained. “When we found Thanos ‘replica, that led us to Tony’s replica. We found Thanos’ replica as part of a structure in the script, he says three times in the movie. before his head is cut off, in the middle he hears himself saying it again, then at the end. That symmetry is also why it’s interesting, that was a discovery while we were editing.

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