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Robert Downey Jr.'s Iconic 'Endgame' Line Almost Didn't Happen

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By Laura Kelly

One of the reasons the MCU movies are so well-loved is definitely because of the witty dialogue. They've had some great lines that lived on in the memories of Marvel fans. The release of Avengers: Endgame brought an end to the current phase of the MCU, and to the sadness of fans, it brought the end of Robert Downey Jr. playing Tony Stark/Iron Man. But Tony Stark went out memorably, with one final line. And while viewers loved Ton's last line, it almost didn't make it into the movie.

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"I am Iron Man"

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Iron Man's final scene in Endgame played out flawlessly. When fighting in the trenches against Thanos, it looks for a brief moment that Thanos will win again, when he holds up the gauntlet and prepare to snap.

"I am inevitable," says Thanos as he goes in for the snap, only to realize that it didn't work. Tony has all of the Infinity Stones.

"And I...am Iron Man," replies Tony, as he reverses the snap and ends the fight. It's his final line before Tony dies.

It Almost Didn't Happen

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Fans went wild over Tony's final line in theaters. It's strange to think that it almost didn't happen as directors Joe and Anthony Russo revealed

"Tony used to not say anything in that moment," the directors said. "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.'"

Robert Downey Jr. Didn't Want To Say The Line

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Iron Man's final line was actually added later after most of the shooting was done. And Robert Downey Jr. was initially reluctant to go back and reshoot for only one line as director Joe Russo shared.

"It's an interesting story. I had dinner with [Robert Downey Jr.] like two weeks before we were supposed to shoot it. And he was like, 'I don't know. I don't really want to go back and get into that emotional state. It'll take… it's hard.'" said Russo.

"And crazily enough, Joel Silver, the producer, was at the dinner. He's an old buddy of Robert's. And Joel jumps in and he's like, 'Robert, what are you talking about? That's the greatest line I've ever heard! You gotta say this line! You have to do this!' So thank God that Joel Silver was at dinner because he helped us talk Robert into doing that line."

Keep It Short

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Apparently, Robert Downey Jr. insisted that whatever Iron Man's final line was going to be, it should be short.

According to screenwriter Stephen McFeely, "These actors have spent a lot of time with these characters. So Chris [Christopher Markus] and I are very happy and did, to write all sorts of lovely dying words for Tony Stark. Robert is not happy to say them, right?"

"We didn't feel we could turn in a page where he didn't talk," McFeely added. "So he says, 'Listen, I want to do much, much less,' and he was right."

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